Langley woman could use some extra help
Editor: Beverly Miles, a Langley resident aged 47, has been diagnosed with dermatomyositis. It is a rare connective-tissue disease that affects mostly muscle ability and strength. She has also had cancer.
It also causes skin discoloration. She is in the medical care of a skin specialist, dermatologist, radiologist, and oncologist. All are in the Vancouver/Burnaby area.
She is currently on Canada disability and struggles with everyday expenses. Now she also has Port Mann tolls to account for.
Her car is in need of mechanical repair and has broken down while commuting to her doctors’ appointments. Since her diagnosis, she has been supplementing her income with Superstore Superbucks.
She finds these vouchers in the garbage at the gas bar of our local store. It helps her purchase groceries at the store. While in remission for ovarion cancer, she also delivered The Times newspapers weekly for additional income.
The government allows a disabled person to earn $800 above their annual disability income. Beverly cannot walk the paper route distances at this time, and with regret had to give up this employment recently.
She is currently going through chemotherapy treatment and is looking for suitable employment within the community. Beverly worked in the horse industry before her illness.
We, the members of her family, support and aid her as much as possible, but we are looking for help. Beverly’s mom also aids and helps emotionally support her other daughter, who has bipolar disorder.
Beverly is very willing to work. She continues to keep a smile on her face and stays optimistic. Dermatomyositis can stay in remission. It affects less than four people in a million and was not known to many Langley Memorial Hospital workers.
Her future supervision and care will remain mostly at Burnaby Hospital and in that area.
Any help that will be available to her would be greatly appreciated. I can be reached at 604-818-5858.