Leonard's Medical Fund
My name is Leonard and I’m a happy 63 year old man. I love teaching courses on the Medicine Wheel Earth Astrology and Core Shamanism. I also provide Life Coaching style readings for people worldwide.
I currently have a muscle nerve condition simply diagnosed as Myopathy. I saw a neurologist (3rd one) in late June of 2016. The first signs of my condition began back 2014 just before my Grand Daughters birth. I was out for a brisk walk with my wife Angelaya when suddenly my left leg went out and I fell hard on the trail. I noticed in getting up there was a weakness in both arms and as time went on it became harder to climb stairs and do other activities. Because myopathy affects all muscles I had to go through a series of Cardio tests of which I found I had Type 2 Diabetes and High Blood Pressure. After taking prescribed medications for several months now it is now pretty much normal. I have had Xrays, MRI, Ultrasound, CT Scan, EEG, EKG, EMG (nerve testing) as well as many blood tests. The doctors are still searching for the cause. I have now recently changed my diet so that I can be my normal weight which would help greatly.
This condition has changed my life forever and I have gained a deeper understanding of a Soul’s journey however along the way I have some losses as well one being the guitar as I just can’t make the chord changes on the left hand. This is disappointing after 52 years of singing and playing. I still play the Cedar Flute and Native hand Drum.
Recently I had a nasty fall and severely sprained my left foot. I now use a wheelchair. This has been an s set back and a painful one at that. If not for the help of my wife I don’t know what I would do.
I will be seeing a new doctor and looking into Physio Therapy. I found a local swing pool with a Handicapped lift for people challenged with walking. This will be a great exercise as I do love the water.
The funds from this Fund Raiser are going to Handicapped equipment purchase and rentals. Pool fees, assistant fees, transportation fees, massage and chiropractic, reflexology and a Yoga and home fitness trainer. Purchase of some home exercise equipment, funds to take several months off for rejuvenation. As well we need to now move into a building that is set up for Handicapped people. This is why we have set the goal for $25,444 dollars. Your donations are so appreciated no matter what you can give. Many people I know as friend family and clients have stated that I have given so much for so many years. I now turn to the world and ask for some help.
It's been quite a journey so far! Thank you for all the contributions, from them I have purchased a new Walker, Wheelchair, Lift Chair, and several other devices to make life better. Recently I have added some new exercises to my daily regime and I am hoping to get stronger in the next year.
There is a device that I feel will do so much good and that is the Gait Harness System II from Second Step. This Walking/Training unit will make it possible for me to stretch a number of muscles used in walking. Not only that but I can actually stand up and walk in it. It has been shown to improve the lives of so many Handicapped people. Engineered to truly support the person in need of rehabilitation.
This unit costs about $8000.00 with shipping and customs fees. It is made in Florida, USA and nowhere else in the world. My wife and I feel purchasing the device makes the most sense.
I am also signing up for a swimming program this summer and will need appropriate needs for that as well.
With the Myopathy I have lost the ability to play guitar and I have decided to take up the Harp as my main musical expression. So I look forward to that.
Once again thank you for your donations thus far and please feel free to donate again and tell friends and family about my campaign.
I do appreciate it and am always grateful for everything.
It's been a steady uphill (so to speak) journey to recovery. I am walking daily with help of my new Hybrid walker (thanks to all donors). Still having an issue with turn arounds but I can do them. I also exercise with my Cardio cycle, hand jammers, and elastic stretchers. My wife Angelaya helps me with deep knee bends sitting style and is always inspiring me to keep going! There are still a lot of items that I need as some of the donations actually helped with living expenses and other fees like physio etc. So thank you for any donations and feel free to pass this along to family and friends.