The past four years have been hell for me. I've lost a job where I was making great money, had insurance, cars, bought our first home etc... Life was good. Then my injury came. L5s1 herniation with annular tear and severe nerve impingement.
I couldn't work anymore so I was laid off since it wasn't a work related injury (found out later the company was about to go under due to rescession). Over a period of one year I became worse, pain depression, anger everything because I could no longer do anything for myself between the pain and loss of feeling my left leg I was confined to my bed. Since I couldn't work I was forced to sell just about everything we owned (my wife and I) then my wife was laid off due to rescession and that's when things got really bad. We were forced to short sell our new home because the bank refused to work with us (and thousands of other in california. A few weeks after losing everything a friend of mine offered me a job (very laborous work) but the catch was after your first year they would pay for your insurance. So I greatfuly accepted. That one year was hell, the pain and agony I went through not to mention the pain and suffering my family had to witness was enough to break any ones spirits. But endured it and got my insurance got checked out a few weeks later and was given the above stated diagnosis.
Was it worth it? The pain I'm feeling right now would tell me no, the look my wife gives me when she sees suffering in pain and still doing the things I've always done would say yes. Yes some days are worse than most but when my daughter asks me to play barbies with her I do it because I don't if ill be able to tomorrow. Yes everything I do hurts like hell but I suffer through it and hope that tomorrow will be a better day.
Sorry for cramming all of this together I'm curently writing from my phone in a bathroom at work lol. I hope that all of us will someday live the kind of life that we strive and long for, until that day happens keep fighting and keep doing the things you can because you never know, you may not be able to tomorrow.
L5 s1 degeneration, annular tear and bulg with nerve compression. Dr says its normal wear and tear lol