For many years now I have had debilitating back problems and have been diagnosed with osteoporosis, spondlolisthesis and hernaited discs. It is rapidly degenerating and it has become clear that my best route is a spinal fusion, scheduled for May 6th. I have had to leave my job as the recovery time can last up to a year. I will spend 5 days in the hospital then for several weeks I'll be bedridden. I should hopefully get on a walker by June. While I do have insurance, there remains a $7000 out of pocket expense, not to mention later PT, meds, missed work etc. Asking for help is really hard and weird for me, but I am taking the plunge. Even $5 can help take this enormous financial stress off my family, so I can put my energy toward healing, as it needs to be. Thank you!!!!!!!!!! And in return you will get the better healthier me, full of vitality and ready to jump back into the glorious carnival of life!!!