Ready to go ahead with the treatment needed cause I know my children think I am probably the most boring daddy in the world here lately. But the opposite is actually true of me I really enjoy having fun with them and all my other family and friends as mush as the next person. However in the last couple years my activeness and enthusiasam has greatly diminished. I am now 34, when I was 12-13 the shriners caught a disorder in my spine (Kyphosis) and recommended all types of ways to fix it. I remember going to a few big cities with my parents to see Drs and taking all kinds of x-rays, cts, MRIs and so on and so forth. The outcome to all these trips was never good financially to my parents and we were never able to get the treatments needed to solve the problem. Just the braces and supports back then were thousands of dollars which my parents didnt have and assistance was rare if any in our community.
As I grew older and started a family of my own I had always felt the discomfort in my back but always tried to put it in the back of my mind and would be ok for a while but it was always there. However here in the last few years the discomfort has gotten to be more painful and more frequent. Standing and walking for any period of time more than 45 min is almost unbearable, unfortunately lying down isn't a walk in the park either. In fact, washing the dishes is about the time it takes to start feeling like someone has a hot poker in my mid to lower back. I have been looking for a way to get this taken care and have finally come up with a solution. The Emory Spine Center in Atlanta is one of the best spine clinics in America and they have a wide range of specialist to do the most amazing things. I was scared of the surgeries I was explained a few years ago but found one I am a candidate for. The procedure is called Kyphoplasty and will be less invasive than all the others I have been told about. I would be back to work in less than a year and have fun with my kids a lot sooner.
I'm not sure how this will work out as far as trying to raise the money to get this done but i do know that something has to be done as I can't put it off anymore and I am sorry I have for so long. I have tried other charities/organizations who have basically said that they have more than they can handle now, let alone to take on another fundraiser or event. So I really feel like this is possibly the next avenue for me and if it don't work out here I will continue to try other ways for help. I was also very skeptical about this. I really appreciate all anyone can do to help as I have never had to ask for help, but a Dr told me about this and well its really all I have to go on now. All monies will be used to help wtih part of the procedure and trips it will take to get from Central Florida to Atlanta. Also some of the bills that will need to be paid for while I am out of work. I hope that when I get back on my feet again not only can I live life more full again but may also be able to return the help to someone else. One donation, no matter how small will mean as much to me as the very biggest. I really hope that things work out soon and I can get back to life and work again. Thank you all so much for the consideration and I hope 2013 will be good to you.
Sincerely, William E. Tumlin, Jr.