August 9, 2007
My name is Matthew Garrison; I am a member of the Salem church of Christ. I have a wife and three sons. In December of 2004, I was diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure. I did not realize how life changing this would be at the time.
My Doctor said that my heart was enlarged and was not pumping efficiently. He said that with medication, it may return to normal or it may never return to normal. Unfortunately, it has not returned to normal and has in fact gotten worse.
I returned to work after 6 weeks and struggled for a year and a half. I was unable to perform my duties and had to call off a lot, which of course caused problems with my boss. In October 2006, my wife and I made the decision that it would be best for my health to quit work. I filed for Disability Benefits with Social Security shortly after, however this has been a long process. My case is up for a hearing, which could take up to a year or more.
My wife works; we receive food stamps and were able to get health insurance through the State of West Virginia for our sons. However, without my paycheck we are really struggling. If you can help us financially, we would greatly appreciate it. We also ask for your prayers as we go through this trying time.
Your Brother in Christ,
(Editor's note: You may send your contributions to the Salem church of Christ, RD #1 Box 82B, Glen Easton, WV 26039 and earmark them for brother Matthew Garrison. This Salem church of Christ is in Marshall County, in the northern panhandle. For more information, you may call Emanuel Daugherty, the regular preacher there. (304) 845-0678. You may also call Denver Cooper at the West Virginia School of Preaching. (304) 845-8001.)
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