My name is David Hennig. Before January 3, 2012 I was an active man with my own Cigar Shop business. On January 3rd I had neck surgery, right after surgery I was fine until about 2am when I woke up and couldn't move my arms and legs. Needless to say this was a bit upsetting. After speaking with my surgeon, many tests, and seeing a hospital neurologist it was decided that I had Transverse Myelitis. I spent 9 days in the hospital and another 31 days in inpatient rehab trying to learn how to walk, dress myself, feed myself etc. Once released I realized my life had changed forever. After receiving many more tests it was decided that my final diagnosis was Idiopathic Transverse Myelitis. I can walk short distances with a cane, but need a wheelchair for longer distances. I need help with alot of things such as tying shoes, buttoning shirts, getting in and out of bed at places other than my home. We've had to make our home handicap accessible. The frustrating thing with Transverse Myselitis is you don't know from day to day if you are going to have mild nerve pain or awful nerve pain, are your legs going to cooperate and then there are other issues that aren't as easy to discuss, ie: the bowel and bladder problems, the depression. Not much is known about this rare disease and I am hoping that with this fundraiser and others that we can raise the public's awareness and raise more research money. I try to improve my life each day and am living my life as best I can but to be honest I'd love to see a cure for this horrific condition Transverse Myelitis. Thank you, David Hennig
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