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AnnMarie Walsh Chicago, IL

Bio: I am formerly homeless as of April 7, 2011, an advocate trying to empower myself and others. #140conf LA speaker with Mark Horvath #Twittamentary by SiokSiok Tan with Geo Geller @StreetWiseChi feature story 6/9/10 Phone: (312) 725-8373 Fax: (661) 885-6105 **Please note that Pads Chicago is a personal website and NOT affiliated with PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter). The name Pads Chicago is generated from the actual pads on the floor that homeless people sleep on at shelters. Pads Chicago is not a 501(c)3 charitable organization at this time.** About Pads Chicago Pads Chicago is run by a homeless person and the site is intended to serve as a tool to the homeless community. Homelessness is a fast growing problem facing our country in light of the current economic crisis. Pads Chicago contains resourceful information, downloads, links, and chat, including positive and negative feedback by members regarding their experiences. I feel that the best way to combat the homelessness problem and related issues is for everyone to work in a team effort. About Me I am currently homeless in Chicagoland. I struggle with personal, medical and mental health issues. I am a divorced mother of two children, whom I have not seen in over three years due to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and poor relations with their father (they are living with him now). In addition to PTSD, I have previously been diagnosed with eating disorder; self-injury; and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, inattentive type. Medical issues include chronic pain and muscle issues from myofascitis and arthritis. I am also allergic to all narcotic pain drugs so my pain relief and physical stamina is quite limited.