In spite of everything, I am not asking for pity or sympathy for what has happened in my life. I am very grateful to be able to share my story with you. I know for a fact that there are others who are much worse off than I, because I hear their incredible horror stories every day, including the stories of those who are no longer with us, to be able to tell them on their own.
I tell you these things so you will realize how your life can take a downward spiral in an instant! I tell you these things so you can see what life can REALLY be like for America’s most vulnerable citizens. I tell you these things so you will never judge others, for you may one day be in their situation.
If you have a dream or a goal, do not put it off until tomorrow, but pursue it NOW, or you may never get the chance again. Do not dwell on the past because you can’t change it, only reflect on it, so you can learn from it, and not repeat past mistakes that you might have made. Keep an eye on and prepare for the future, but only focus on the minute at hand because that is the ONLY thing that is certain, and enjoy every second of it to the fullest!
I truly believe I was saved and endured this whole ordeal for a reason, part of it being to help others and hopefully saving some lives in the process. I also believe the problems with the Social Security Disability process happened to me because I would not sit back and allow these abuses of the disabled to continue without speaking up about it.
I am also in the process of writing a book about the things that have happened to me before and after my life changing surgery. Knowledge is power, I have learned many valuable things from what happened to me, and I want the world to learn from my experience as well, before I depart from it.
My goal is to help and educate as many people as possible about these issues that have drastically changed my life and get legislation passed so nobody else ever has to live like this. When my health problems allow it, I would also like to speak to medical students and doctors so they can fully understand how important it is to listen to their patients, order the proper tests, and truly realize the devastating effect it can have on a patient’s life when they don’t.
I also want everyone to understand that even the permanently disabled, who cannot earn a paycheck, can still make valuable contributions to society. If even one other person can avoid these problems by hearing of my experiences, then that is worth everything to me.
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