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Review for AAUW, Washington, DC, USA

Rating: 4 stars  

I am a 44 year old female with a potentially fatal blood disorder called thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura. I have battled this disease for 25 years. I am also a victim of domestic violence. I have been in a domestic violence shelter numerous times and I am in one at the moment again. I have had my teeth knocked out, my right arm broken twice, numerous concussions and the mental and emotional abuse is unspeakable. I was a successful hairstylist for approximately 20 years and unfortunately I have had to go on disability due to my blood disorder and ptsd due to the years of abuse.. My mother abandoned me and my father is deceased. I am a very spiritual person with strong morals and a baptist belief background. I have been having to live in a tent, a vehicle, on peoples couches, and I recently was told by my abuser to get out again so I contacted a domestic violence shelter called CEASE in my area for support. They had turned me down before because of two ladies deviously wanting my bed and lying telling the staff that I was intoxicated on the premises. I was forced to leave due to their lies and have had to go through almost five years of homelessness and abuse due to their selfishness. I have to go to the University of Tennessee Hospital in Knoxville Tennessee very frequently to receive plasma infusions for my blood disorder. I have no transportation now because my abuser and his mother took my vehicle from me and refused to get me to my treatments. They had gotten angry because I wouldn't sign a life insurance policy that the two of them wanted to take out on me so they threw me out on the streets again. I am in need of assistance but I don't know where to turn. I have spent the last year in court over an order of protection against my abuser of which the court system repetativly without any punishment. I am interested in all the knowledge and help I can receive in order to get my life back. It is very hard for me to ask for help because I have always loved helping others so very much. I have had many people ask if they could write a novel about my life and at the time I turned it down but now, I would allow it. Thank you very muck for your time. God bless each and every one of you.


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