“Patrick, you are officially my sickest patient.”Those were the words that my doctor uttered shortly after walking into his office upon my last visit on January 29th, 2019. I can’t begin to tell you how hard it was to hear that. I could not believe my ears. Out of hundreds and hundreds of patients, I’m the sickest he's seen! And, upon visiting an acupuncturist (an Ex-Oncologist doctor) this past fall in Hoboken N.J. for treatment, I was also told virtually the same thing: “You are the most complicated case I have ever had!”
Dear friends, family, colleagues, and acquaintances:
I NEED YOUR HELP!
Due to serious and overwhelming health problems, I have been unable to work for just over 3 years, and, as a result we find ourselves in SERIOUS FINANCIAL TROUBLE.
We have been on the VERGE OF BANKRUPTCY for several years and could lose our home at any time. We are literally hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt and have no equity in our home. Were it not for the generosity of various family members, we would have lost our home a long time ago. But the funds have run dry, which is why I am reaching out to all of you now via Crowd Funding, asking for your support to help us stay in our home, a place that has become our sanctuary and that has been adapted to my living needs.
I’m currently 48 years old and have been suffering from Psoriatic Arthritis, an aggressive and degenerative autoimmune disease since 1992. I now also suffer from Ankylosing Spondylitis, Cushing’s Syndrome and Sjögren’s Syndrome among several other health problems.
At age 27, I had my left hip replaced, and, at age 31, I had the right hip replaced. I have had: a screw put in my left foot to fuse a damaged Talonavicular joint, knee synovectomies, and more recently in 2016, my left hip was revised because the 17-year-old implant had worn out. Sadly, it was not a successful surgery, and I have been left with permanent sequela, i.e.: stiffness, pain, nerve damage, and bouts of acute sudden pain that shoots down through the femur depending on the rotation of the hip.
I have a long list of illnesses, syndromes, and conditions (please see my list below my signature) which have taken a tremendous toll on my life. I am no longer independent, and must rely on the assistance of others in order to survive.
I am a freelance graphic designer and website developer, and, except for some small part time jobs here and there, I have been unable to work for over 3 years due to my ailing health. Medical bills and associated care services have broken the bank and have left us in insurmountable debt.
Most of my time is now spent managing all of my health problems and going to various doctor’s appointments or having tests done. My health has become my full time job, with one major caveat; It comes WITHOUT PAY, and instead, has left us with a fairly HEFTY FINANCIAL BURDEN.
In June of last year, I contracted a serious subcutaneous carbuncle infection in my neck shortly after administering my biologic injection (biologics suppress the immune system and can make one more susceptible to infection). I went to 3 different hospitals ane met with 18 different doctors before the eventually discovered that it was caused by a very rare Bovine bacteria known as "Corynebacterium bovis” which is normally only found in cattle. Very few cases have been reported in humans.
I’m also due to have cervical fusion surgery on March 29th to fuse a herniated disc at the C7/T1 juncture. This will again put me in a compromised position for several months, keeping me from working and of course, just adding debt on top of debt.
Therefore, I’m kindly asking for your financial support so that I may be able to make payments towards our growing debt and keep our home, at least until such time as we can find a smaller dwelling with less overhead. No donation is too small! I thank you in advance for your generosity.
I invite you to read “My Story” on my new BLOG: https://beinginvisible.ca/my-story.
a.k.a The Bionic Man
FULL LIST OF ILLNESSES, SYNDROMES, and CONDITIONS.
AUTOIMMUNE (and related)
- Psoriatic Arthritis
- Ankylosing Spondylitis
- Cushing’s Syndrome
- Sjögren’s Syndrome
POLYGLANDULAR AUTOIMMUNE SYNDROME (ENDOCRINOLOGICAL)
- Secondary Adrenal Insufficiency
- Low testosterone
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Neurogenic bladder
- Cobalt and Chromium poisoning (from a leaching metal hip implant)
CARDIO/RESPIRATORY RELATED PROBLEMS
- TMJ joints damaged by Psoriatic Arthritis
- Sleep apnea and snoring
- Chronic insomnia
- Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
- High blood pressure
- Severe IBS/SIBO
EARS, NOSE & THROAT
- Eosinophilic Bronchitis
- Eustachian Tube Dysfunction
- Familial Multiple Lipomatosis
- Inguinal Hernia (right side)
SURGERIES & FUSIONS
- Bi-Lateral hip replacements (1997 and 2001)
- Talonavicular Fusion – left foot (surgery)
- Left hip revision surgery August 2016
- Complete cervical fusion
- Herniated disc at C7/T1