I am an up and coming competitive powerlifter in South Africa, with a goal of attaining National colours in 2020 so that I can compete in the IPF World Championships in 2021. But there is one thing blocking me from achieving this goal.
After experiencing progressively increasing pain in my left shoulder I was diagnosed with a degenerated Acromio-clavicular joint in my left shoulder. This is also known as Clavicular arthritis - where the clavicle starts to press into the Acromion (shoulder blade) and cause excessive bone development in this region. This results in extreme pain during any pressing motion or overhead lifting with my left arm. This pain has completely eliminated my ability to perform bench press, which is one of the competitive lifts in powerlifting. Hence I will be unable to realise my dream of competing at the IPF World Champs without an operation to remove the excess bone development and relieve the pain in my shoulder.
The procedure that I must undergo is called an open Mumford procedure, where the excess bone development at the end of the collar bone will be cut away and the bone spurs on the shoulder blade smoothed off. The recovery for this procedure is rapid and I will be able to start training towards my goal within a few weeks. However, I am not on medical insurance and do not have the financial means to fully pay for the surgery myself. The surgery is to cost in the region of R 70 000 - R 80 000 ($ 4 850 - $5 500) of which I am able to pay R 30 000 myself ($ 2 000). I am hoping to have the surgery in the beginning of December 2019 and call on friends, family and friends of friends to assist me in getting the funds to have this procedure performed. Every donation will be greatly appreciated and will give me inspiration to train that much harder to achieve my dream.