To the Editor:
I recently wrote a letter regarding the proposed tax increase in McHenry County to pay for services for the disabled.
I was blasted by many as being unfeeling, uncaring and cruel. What I didn’t share was that I, too, have a child with disabilities.
My child has endured two spinal cord surgeries due to tethered cord syndrome, and six orthopedic surgeries to attempt to correct cavo varus foot deformities. His father did not provide insurance for him, even though he was court-ordered to do so.
I worked full time, making only $30,000 a year, and had to provide insurance for my child, as my employer did not! I made “too much money” for him to be covered by Illinois’ All Kids program entirely, and as a result have residual medical expenses I am still paying off, even 10 years later. He continues to have issues related to his medical problems, so the medical bills will be ongoing for the rest of his life.
For those who were so quick to throw out how I should be ashamed of myself, and that I don’t get it, I do!
I have been a single mom with no family in the area, and have cared for him and continue to do so, with no assistance from anyone else.
However, I still don’t feel it’s fair that my taxes are going to increase to pay for programs for the disabled or mentally challenged. It was and still is my responsibility to do what I need to do for my son.