Getting it straight! Help fund a major game-changer for M
Organized by: Michaela O'Malley
I have managed to acquire the brace I wanted to get through private loan, but as all loans go this money needs to be paid back. PLEASE CONSIDER HELPING ME REACH AT LEAST THE GOAL OF $4600 FOR THE BRACE!
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THE BACK STORY:
For those who didn't catch on, I spent 2014 and some change living with my parents in Arizona - recuperating from some pretty significant trauma, learning a TON about myself and my life, and changing a LOT. I spent all of my time both testing and researching treatments to help me get out of pain. I've been through essentially every option that my very basic public health insurance and allopathic medicine can offer me, aside from surgery (which I've been told by two spinal surgeons would be unnecessary and might not help me get out of pain anyway) ....and as expected, I found very little relief.
What I DID find, though, was some answers I had been seeking for a long time!
Probably like most research, the useful info finally came up right at the end when I was getting ready to give up and accept the typical medical rhetoric that "scoliosis is untreatable." I spent countless hours reading about my condition from every angle i could think of... I nerded OUT on it... And I learned a lot. The most important piece of information I came across was something called the "plastic/elastic deformation curve" - but I´ll spare you the boring details.
This piece of information led me to discover the chiropractor I am seeing today - in whom I have the utmost confidence. I could go on and on about the medical research and qualifications that gave me the confidence to try this method, but I believe the xray pics speak for themselves. The changes you see in my spine were made in just 3 months.... Imagine what I could do in a year, or even two!
I'm not out of pain yet, but these changes that are being made are reason enough to keep going... Unravelling pain that has been building for 15 years is gonna take a while...
Let me rewind for a moment to explain for those of you who haven't had a glimpse in to what life has been like for me these days. I'd venture a guess that most people who know me know me as someone who loves to go out and be social and dance... But all that has changed for me.
I'm livin the granny life these days. Pain is a constant for me, whether it's choosing to show up as severe or mild or in between... The only escape I get is sleep and that doesn't always come easily. (Sometimes not at all). I spend a lot of my time stopping to rest/lay down between trying to get things done. (When I'm smart about it, anyway. I'm still learning to rethink the way I live and get around.)
Even sitting or standing (especially sitting at a computer) has become nearly impossible for me to do for any significant length of time. This and the general unpredictability of my predicament has rendered me incapable of having a regular job/work, and I've struggled figuring out how to make money for quite some time. That's not all I've struggled with -chronic pain is a beast of an animal and it attacks a lot more than your physical body - but it's why I'm doing this fundraiser, so I'll keep it to that...
I'M MAKING PROGRESS!!! My stamina is slowly improving along with my spine. I'm excited about it, and it's been worth every missed social function etc. As I said, I haven't yet gotten out of pain yet, and like a true trustworthy doctor, mine does not make any guarantees as to how fast that can happen. But he has said that it typically takes 1 month of treatment for every year that a person has been experiencing a problem - sometimes more with compounded injuries (of which I have many).
I'm wholly committed to healing my body though, now that I KNOW that it's possible, and I couldn't be happier... except for one thing. There is another piece of treatment that would be really beneficial to the process, but which would up the costs quite a bit. It could also up the chances of me getting back upright and working again a lot sooner, however.
It's called the Spinecor brace, and it is not only really highly rated by adults who use it for pain relief, but it's been approved by my chiropractor for use in combination with my treatment. I want to try it and so I've included it in the fundraising goal I've set.
Here is a link to the information about the brace:
And here is a link to the chiropractic treatment I'm receiving:
THE COST BREAKDOWN:
1. $19,320 = 15 more months of treatment - one month for each year I've been in pain (5 more DISCOUNTED 36-visit sessions, including the current one. Each session costs appx $3864. Individual visits are priced at appx $104 each at the discounted rate.)
2. $5,450 = The Spinecor brace (includes fittings, first 4 quarterly followup appts & all xrays... really not bad, considering.)
3. $230 = Transportation & supplements. (I've easily racked up that amount or more on just transpo in the first session... but it'll help anyway and it rounds out the numbers. :)
GRAND TOTAL: $25,000
(...Beats the hell out of a $150,000 surgery and a lifetime of probable complications and further surgeries.)
Just that you give what you can, and continue to hold me in your minds eye as healthy, happy, successful and with the healthiest spine possible!
There is no time limit on this and I get to keep the donations I get no matter whether I meet my goal or not.... so there's plenty of time if now's not good! :)
Thank you for your time and your contribution!! <3