Elaine Clemons Chicago, Illinois

Elaine’s Story


Hello my name is Elaine Clemons and I live in Chicago, Illinois. I worked as psychosocial worker for many years. I had to stop working about 15 years ago when I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia. These disabling diseases have no cure and have kept me from doing the job I love. After not working for a few years, I started living in subsidized housing and using Social Security Disability to help me pay for food, medical expenses, and income. This amount was not nearly as much as I was making in my career, and life necessities became hard to manage.

Because I have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia, I need to make sure I follow a specific diet so my immune system stays strong and so my pain will not become excessive. The amount given for food from social security recently dropped from $36 a month to $11 a month. $11 for a month’s worth of food is not nearly enough. Everybody should be able to eat a healthy diet, especially people with special dietary needs due to health issues such as myself.

This is not okay and is unfair. People have to eat and deserve to eat foods that maintain their good health. Those in power making these unjust decisions need to be called out so that everyone can get what they deserve.