In August of 2013 I was no longer able to work due to medical complications affecting my lower back and left knee. I was finally approved for a total knee replacement which will take place on May 13th. Although insurance covers a majority of the costs I am still left covering transportation, lodging and other incidental costs as I start the healing process over the next few months. I have been lucky enough to attain the services of my original surgeon although he is now in Sioux Falls, SD which creates a small hurdle but nothing that can't be overcome. Not being able to work has made it quite difficult to get to the multiple appointments I go to on a constant basis. Having to travel several hours for this operation and the may post op visits I will have has made it clear I cannot do this alone. Although I am very hesitant to ask for help it is time that I ask of my friends and family to assist me in this part of my journey to recovering and regaining a little quality of life and hopefully get me healthy enough where I can go back to work in some capacity. I know there are months of physical therapy ahead of me to re-train my leg. Due to a large arthritic growth on my knee that has caused the leg muscles to adjust over the years. Because of this I will have to do several follow-ups in Sioux Falls to ensure everything is healing properly and no further procedures are required. It has been a long road up to this point but I can finally see the light, with your support I know my future looks brighter. I thank you all for visiting, sharing and supporting me as I look to the future and begin this new chapter in my life. Any amount will help and is greatly appreciated.