Hacking Brainstem Stroke Recovery

$4,220 of $8,000 goal

Raised by 35 people in 7 months
I'd like to raise $10, 000 by Jan 31, 2019 to cover medical expenses, legal expenses, learning Pentesting, Linux, Python, and Cybersecurity, and to attend InfoSec Cons and Trainings at cons. $4000 was originally raised to cover first speaking opportunity that happened at Derbycon in October 2018. Notes on how that was used in "Updates". ||||||||||||||||Some deets: Spent years recovering from massive brain injuries and five strokes, one being an 'unsurvivable' brainstem stroke. Relearned everything from ground up using internal electrical impulses, mindfulness, ingenuity, and crossing the conscious/subconscious barrier to make what one doctor called 45 years of recovery in five. Example: using tongue resistance to determine yes/no when I had no speech, little to know comprehension of spoken word, couldn't coordinate anything and eyes didn't work. Most of what I faced was unknown. From laying in black silence for years, I hacked my way into recovering every portion of breathing, moving, seeing, hearing, speaking, and learned some massive good along the way. I feel it has implications for healing, autism, Aspergers, AI, and natural electrical systems and conscious/subconscious recall and I wish to study InfoSec/AI fields while speaking about my particular experiences|||||||||||||||¦After attending DefCon and BsidesLV Hacking conferences recently, I set my sights to speak at DefCon, Skytalks, The Diana Initiative, and Hacking Diversity next year. *heart the dream* Speaking at Derbycon was first major step. Service dog Trevor and I will be thrilled. Also, I do walk now. ;)
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Many, many thanks to each of you who have aided my GoFundMe campaign so far.

I only recently parted with the final $200 from the first $4000 campaign, all of which was to sponsor speaking at Mental Health and Wellness Village at DerbyCon. NOW I can share the monetary aid rendered by your donations!

How I used $4000

2 suitcases and suitcase covers

2 sets of shoes for Trevor

1 practice flight PHX-Las to test medical readiness to travel

1 RT ticket to ATL for Hacker Halted as a practice con and solo travel

1 Hacker Halted Trip package: Hotel, food, Lyfts, Atlanta Electric car tour, souvenir

1Grooming session for Trevor

2 RT tickets Las-Louisville for me, Trevor, and dog trainer assistant. Service Dogs fly free.

1 DerbyCon Trip Package for three: Food, souvenirs, downtown Louisville tour

1 Unplanned 28-hr layover in Austin: food, room

2 Tickets to Thotcon

2 Tickets to WOPR summit

1 Ticket to CactusCon

$200 went to purchase of $800 car. I've relearned to drive, now I can get to meetups, trainings and labs more easily.

So much more was gained than just these matieral goods, I can't thank you enough. I deeply look forward to continuing to speak and share ideas within the Hacker, AI, Neuro research, Autism, and Mental Health communities while learning Pentesting and more.

Trevor and I send you gratitude and joy. Looking forward to this next year and more challenges laying down silently at our feet as we step over them.

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I AM THRILLED!! The funds were raised so quickly and beautifully, gratitude pours from me and Trevor, my Service Team Mate. He's pretty chill about it, but I see it. :) The total, after fees, came to $4,026. You KNOW that means I deeply need that $26 for something unexpected. :) For those of you I'll get to meet, how bummed will you be if I'm not in the wheelchair any longer?

Can't wait to get there!!
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