Can't live on $1,000/month.
Organized by: Kevin Farris
Thank you very much.
March 09, 2016
I did everything right... so I thought. YOU can do it! So you are told – and I did. Go to College and get your Degree (BA Philosophy, PolySci minor). If you go on to Law School & you’ll be set. Be bold. Start your own solo practice in a competitive Tampa-St. Pete market & do well - for a few years. Still playing baseball, lifting weights & living the active life I always expected. Then the problems start. Guys think they’re invincible so I go years saying little. My then Wife eventually notices there’s something wrong and eventually convinces me to see the doctor. That led to specialists, and more specialists, followed by more head-scratching doctors that had no clue. I finally say that's enough & they throw up their hands and guess it's my body's reaction to the immense stress of running my own FAMILY LAW practice at 27, actually litigating Family Law cases from that.
With the support of my wife, I walked away from practicing law 6 years after taking longer to get there! Eventual problems in what was as perfect a marriage as I thought possible and a divorce followed. After a couple years (no doctor visits) I eventually feel well enough to return to Practicing Law. Thirteen months later a spinal tap confirms I have Multiple Sclerosis.
That was 10 years ago, though the disease had already ravaged my brain with 30 lesions & 10 "Black Holes" – when neurons (brain cells) have been attacked so many times they die, atrophy then brain tissue collapses around it. I was told then to stop practicing law b/c stress will lead to progression, but I wouldn't quit. I was even awarded disability on my initial application, which is rare. Got to feeling well enough to work enough and made enough money to lose my disability - Yay! But a relapse ended that and it was reinstated. Practicing law part-time allowed me to keep the bills paid, but I simply cannot do it anymore. I will start earning money this month as a freelance writer but likely won’t come close to the monthly
I tried for ten years and then what my neurologist warned me of happened. I worked so hard to become a lawyer and cannot stand living (or trying to live) on disability as a single dad with a 7 year-old I spend much time with. Knowing my daughter is now realizing there's something wrong with my daddy... even though still 6'2"and 210 and still pretty ripped despite such limited capacity for PT. I really have done nothing to physically stave this off but I will stop.
This is all very crushing but I have already received my 1st assignment as a freelance writer and will eventually be fine, but for now I can only borrow and rely on a friend or two but that is not sustainable. I can no longer in good conscience take his help. But I am not ashamed to accept donations for the "work" done on my blog or just a generous soul. This will go away soon, I assure you, but I must support us until then.
Sign up for my Blog http://Farris.Live email and read the posts. If you are not interested that day, please leave the page open for a few moments. This may seem silly but I can actually begin to make money that way also. Has to be a big following but all I can get there.