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EOC support helps fellow Coloradan through work-ending injury

22 Sep. 2017

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EOC support helps fellow Coloradan through work-ending injury

Theresa M. of Sterling grew up working in the sugar beet fields with her parents, making tortillas with her grandmother and waitressing in the family restaurant. She raised two sons single-handedly and worked as a certified nursing assistant for 15 years.

Then she was injured on the job. When she needed caring for, Energy Outreach Colorado and our supporters provided her with relief and hope.

Theresa was 51 in 2013 when she was hurt helping a paralyzed man move from his bed to the shower. His uncontrolled muscle spasms caused her to fall heavily onto a plywood floor, sending shooting pain through her head and down through her right arm, torso and hip. Painkillers, muscle relaxants and cortisone shots couldn’t stop her chronic pain, but she continued providing home health care for three more years until her doctor ordered her to stop.

She received workman’s compensation and unemployment benefits for several months, but has not yet been approved for federal disability income.  

“The accident changed my life completely and it’s been a struggle – I’ve had my phone disconnected and had to rely on food stamps and Medicaid,” she said. “I’ve been stuck in the middle and it’s very depressing and stressful.”

When she received a disconnect notice from her utility, generous donors allowed Energy Outreach Colorado to pay off her overdue bill. “You gave me relief and a good, good sleep for a night,” said the grandmother of six. “I think I can make it now. It looks positive so far.” 

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