Lets Get Nathan a Neural Stimulator!
Organized by: Taylor Schwartz
I have been friends with Nathan for 4 years now, and he hasn't always struggled the way he does. He is easily the most motivated, intelligent, and promising person I have EVER met. Unfortunately, for the past four years he has been stuck at a home, unable to pursue anything. Nathan attended 6 weeks of college and the pain was so severe and constant he was forced to take a medical withdrawal. Currently he lives at home and is in a constant state of pain and/or is heavily sedated by pain medication.
Nathan has a very peculiar and rare type of Neuralgia. On a day-to-day basis he is subject to nausea, regular rectal hemorrhaging, partial blindness, and paralyzing head pain. After years of trying countless medications to control the pain, nothing has been able to help other than extremely powerful narcotics.
In 2012 a trial procedure gave Nathan his life back. A neural stimulator implanted in his head was able to stimulate his nerves in and around the supraorbital region. The stimulation makes the brian unable to tell the difference between pain and the painless stimulation. The trial procedure was approved by his insurance company to implant the stimulator in his head. The surgery was an immense success, giving him the ability to study, sleep, go outside, and be the normal human being he deserves to be without the aid of medication. Life was good until the test device was removed. They began planning for the permanent surgery.. when suddenly his insurance company denied the permanent procedure, claiming they should have never approved it in the first place, and that it was an error.
Now he spends his days suffering from constant pain and anxiety, unsure of how he will ever pay for the procedure, and trying to seek legal council. Without this implant Nathan will have a migraine for the rest of his life. All I have been able to do for him is lend an ear, and play online games with him as often as I can and so far my goal is just to keep his mind off things... until now.
For the cost of a car, my best friend will have a life to wake up to.
No more trips to the pharmacy.
No more hearing him shudder incoherently in pain.
No more suicidal depression.
No more pain.
Even if I can't raise all $20,000, any amount is an immense weight lifted off of Nathan's shoulders. Unable to work, and having little in regards to care-taking, the price is much more out of reach for him then the average person.
If by some miracle we raise more then this, it will go towards trying to get Nathan a proper hospital stay, as this amount will only cover an out-patient procedure where he will recover at home.
Please, even if you can't afford a donation, share this fundraiser with your friends or on social media! The more eyes see this, the better chance Nathan has at having his life back!