15 years ago I was stabbed in the neck & left a quadriplegic. Now I want to help & inspire others. AMA
15 years ago, a month before my 21st birthday, I was stabbed in the neck while trying to help a stranger who was getting jumped at a party. When I was originally injured the Dr. told me that I’d better get used to reading the news paper because that’s all I’d ever be able to do. Instead of giving up and being a victim, I immediately rejected that idea and set out on my journey to defy the odds, and for the last 15 years I’ve been researching and exploring every option when it comes to treatments.
That’s what brings me to /IAmA. I’ve spent the last 15 years applying to, and getting rejected from clinical trials. I’ve turned myself into a human guinea pig experimenting with all types of alternative treatments, nutritional supplements, and the latest innovations in health and healing. Some of them seem to have been helpful, some of them weren’t, but the point is you never know unless you try.
As of now I’ve gotten to the point where I can sporadically move almost every part of my body, and have at least a little bit of sensation in almost every part of my body. The next step for me is stem cell & NAD+ treatment. My family is in no way well off, but through a lot of hard work done by my family, friends, and me, we’ve raised almost $28,000 to go towards treatment. This has been a total grassroots effort comprised of things like a gofundme campaign, yard sales, email campaigns, and a fundraiser dinner/auction that we’re holding at the end of the month. Even the majority of auction items for the fundraiser dinner were compiled through donations by local businesses because of a flyer campaign we decided to do. My dad literally spent entire days going door to door to local businesses, explaining my situation, and asking if they’d be willing to help. Believe me, if we can do it then almost anyone can.
One of the most important reasons I want to do this AmA is to show other people who might be in a difficult situation, a situation where it seems like there’s no hope, that this is possible. There is a way to get things done if you put your mind to it. Eventually I’d also like to turn this into a blueprint for a foundation that helps other people in need get treatments that could be life changing for them and their families.
That’s why I’m currently doing this AmA. I want people in all different types of situations to know there’s hope when they’ve been told there is none. That even in the bleakest of times there’s always something that you can do, or try to do to improve your situation. That you should always keep pushing forward even when it seems like the entire universe is trying to hold you back.
Fyi: I want to be 100% clear and honest, yes this AmA is part of my strategy to raise money, but I’m not just doing this AmA to get exposure for my fundraising campaign. We’ve raised almost $28k in a few months from a strictly grassroots effort, and I’m confident we will raise the rest of the money required to pay for the treatment.
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