I was born with Spina-Bifids. (not as bad as most that are inflicted.) 24 years ago, I did extensive damage to my lower back at work to make things even worse. (Admark Printing in Brookville, Ohio) Since then it has been a major part of my life. Disability and Workman's Comp did their usual bobbing and weaving and left me with no personal income even though i was never able to return to work. Since then, I have had to be a burden on my wife’s income as we were raising 3 teens. In '94, a Dr and an attorney went as far as to lie on some paperwork to save their own rears.
In the past 4 years I have been through 2 botched cancer surgeries. I have been lied to and treated horrendously by a couple Dr's along the way. Back when I hurt my back and more recently when I was going through cancer surgery, The first cancer surgeon caused major nerve damage and left a huge blood clot in my lung, yelled and screamed at my wife because i bled too much (after giving me blood thinner shots), pulled a chest tube out without snipping the 2 stitches that held it in place. When i brought up all the pain of the nerve damage he laughed at me saying "I must have really torn some stuff up in there".
The next Cancer surgeon somehow badly damaged my shoulder/rotator cuff even though the surgery wasn’t by my shoulder. During my follow-up appointment, he told me it was ”my fault” that I got cancer again because I didn’t go through chemo. That was because my Oncologist said chemo has nothing to do with my type of cancer. Dr. Rodriguez then canceled my next appointment and said there is no need for him to see me.
I also have knee and foot issues from a nerve injury that was also sustained at the workplace when I hurt my back.. I aggravated that a few days ago and now can't even put my right foot on the floor.
I have also battled anxiety 'attacks' since i was 5 years old. (56 now). The combination of the pain, anxiety and loss of self worth has made my life a pretty hard one to deal with.
With the new year starting soon, I will have to start paying the first $6,000 before my insurance company starts paying for things like the oxygen machine and tanks that keep me alive. My wife is already working 55-75 hours per week to pay the bills and the high insurance premiums. She is working too hard for a woman our age. She has high blood pressure and arthritis but keeps fighting forward.