But it turns out that a great deal of what I’ve been experiencing can be traced down to a single root cause: deterioration in 2 cervical vertebrae that has caused nerve damage. The more I research, the more obvious it is that this deterioration goes back to bad posture and habits I had as a kid. Recent tests indicated that the problem is advanced and if not addressed soon, I may reach a point where it’s beyond solving. I may even become partially paralyzed, and lose the ability to swallow.
Therein lies my dilemma.
The surgery will cost several thousand out of pocket, and I’ll likely lose another several thousand from missing work. That’s even with insurance, which has been mostly useless.
I make good money, but have no way of coming up with this. Friends have suggested a GoFundMe campaign, and pride has so far prevented me… well, that and the fear that it won’t succeed.
I know I have a few friends who would help, but I don’t see how I can get a campaign going that would pull in the necessary amount. I could see maybe a few hundred $, but not the $20,000+ I estimate would be needed. The campaign would have to go viral, and I’ve never had that happen with any post. I have a great many followers on twitter, but that hasn’t amounted to much.
So… what do you all think? Should I even try?