I've been really hesitant to post this. Perhaps out of pride; perhaps it was simply because the events that have happened in my life has somehow made me feel less of a person. One thing that being a member of this forum has taught me, though, is that we are in the same boat. Maybe we have different circumstances surrounding us, but we are all victims of our c-spine imperfections.
My pain started 4 years ago, rather suddenly. The pain never went away as I hoped it would. Instead, it got progressively worse. Through years of doctor visits and seeking a specialist that would actually help a person in his 30's with a problem that, as my doctors have repeated told me, should affect me until my 50's or 60's, I am where I am today. Still in daily pain with no relief in sight.
The part that has really hurt me, though, is the fact that I have become unable to hold a job. My doctor placed me on strict limitations that rules out almost every job that I am qualified for. Even my hobby of photography becomes too much for me on a more frequent basis.
I applied for Social Security Disability, not knowing what else to do. Not surprisingly, I was denied in September of this year. My appeal came within days, but it will take two years for the appeal to be heard. By then, it is quite likely that I, along with my family, will be homeless.
My home has fallen into foreclosure, the Sheriff's sale in August of '08. Michigan law gives us 6 months to redeem our mortgage, but without the health to carry employment, what am I to do? My wife looked for employment, but she has chronic health issues of her own (she applied, but did not qualify for SS Disability). The 6-month redemption period ends in February of 09.
I post this not for sympathy and not to give a sob story. My goal here is to lay out the results of a physical disability that I share with many people for ideas of what to do, who to talk to about my situation, and what hope, if any, I have to make sure my family has a roof over their heads.
Thanks for giving an ear (or in this case, an eye). Any ideas for what direction to turn would be greatly appreciated!