‘This is not the American dream,’ says woman turned destitute waiting for disability

The tumors and cysts that blinded Barbara Sales in her left eye and, years ago, lodged in her brain have robbed her of far more than her sight and memory.

“I have photos of her face all bruised up because she got up in the middle of the night, had a seizure and fell into the dresser,” said her daughter Alicia Kroll, 25, who is a surgical nurse.

Three seizures forced Sales, 53, a former Lenexa resident, to lose a job she’d hoped to get full time. Her maladies and medications, treatments for a rare genetic disease, have made her short-term memory so faulty that she once drove 100 miles in the wrong direction before realizing her mistake.

“She’s not normal, that’s all there is to it,” said her uncle, Charles McVey, 81, of Raytown.

Despite these difficulties, one question has for four years consumed the thoughts of this college-educated woman who worked full time for 25 years while raising her daughter as a divorced, single mom.

Why is it taking the government so long to decide whether she is eligible to receive Social Security disability?

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