My grandmother Evelyn was a fighter, not just in spirit but also in reality, for she had been battling breast and stomach cancer for the past 5 years. Despite the pain and discomfort, she battled cancer as best as she could. When she was diagnosed in 97, they did surgery on her breast and stomach, and we were all told that “we would be lucky to have her a year and a half” but she battled for 5 years instead.
Part of the reason my grandma was trying to fight cancer as best as she could was because of my uncle Steven. When my uncle was born blue, she almost lost him along with herself during delivery. My uncle had issues when he was in school and was advised to be evaluated but my grandmother chose otherwise and kept him sheltered. My uncle lived with my grandmother all his life and took care of her during her battle with cancer. I would be the one who would take my grandmother out (she never drove) to run errands, go to appointments, or just get her out of the house.
My grandmother and uncle were living off her social security benefits and if there was anything else they needed I would take care of it. Since my grandmother had gotten sick, I tried to get her to ask her about my uncle and what would happen to him if anything happened, but in her heart, she just felt like everything would work itself out.
My grandmother passed away and now I am the one to try to take care of my uncle as best as I can under the circumstances. There is no income coming in for my uncle, he is 64 years old and I am trying to figure out what he can qualify for but everyone has told me that he needed to be seen and diagnosed when he was a child. Since my uncle tends to act like a child, I have to gently get him to understand the things that has to be done. He has never had a checking account, has no idea what to do with a debit card, I had to get him an updated birth certificate to get him an ID, etc. I have had to take care of my grandmothers’ funeral arrangements and now I must take care of my uncle until I can hopefully get him situated and hopefully get him some kind of income. I recently had my hours cut at work which has but even more of a financial strain on me during this time.
I would appreciate any help that I can get while I get myself full-time income to help pay for everything that was left for me to manage. Thank you.
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