Life changing medical & moving cost

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Michael Dodd  Shelburne, ON
Hello, it's Mike " The Birdman" Dodd here and I come to you in what legimatly be my darkest hour. I have never known fear til a few days ago.

So here is my story
i have always been a large man over 400+ pounds and that has always been a source of challenges both physicsally and in the last few  years financially.

Ive some issues with my knees but now it has spread to one left leg where it has become increasingly hard to move it due a condition called  Adema and it has limited my mobility to a walker but more often not a wheelchair.  I don't leave the house often because it's difficult and more often then not, I'm embrassing and I can only front a brave face for so long.

So due to sickness and a potentially dislocated shoulder, we called 911 and it took A LOT of effort from fire and ambulance crew to get me out of my basement Apartment.

Here is where things start to suck
i was told, I would not be allowed to go back to that apartment apartment because it wasn't safe. I need to move but I also will require more physio, and likely a type of weight loss rehab.
 
I was already planning on going ahead with gastric bypass and this could fast track me in but I don't know. I'm legitimately scared as I don't know what will happen next.

i know I've made some bad choices with my body and I could have done things better.  I'm having my hand forced to make these changes now more so now then ever. 

I want to grow old with my wife, I want to raise litters of kittens but mostly I want to learn from the life I will be leaving behind.

i can promise you, that if you help me one last time that I treat every single day as a gift and when I am physically better, I will hug as many of you as possible and I will walk properly again.

i will post regular updates as I can from the hospital and every else.

so what exactly am I asking for?
Moving cost as we have to find a handicap friendly building or housing ASAP. There will be associated costs with getting stuff for the move,etc
Ill likely need some handicap friendly materials to be ordered or even made. Anything to help us cover the time that Blaire may need to take off to be with me. 
We can track down and show you how every dollar is spent as we want to be transparent.

Any questions can be asked here 

i sincerely hope you will consider our request for help and help me change and save my life.
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Update 3
Posted by Michael Dodd
2 months ago
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I wanted to thank ALL of you who shared and RT and importantly donated to us. My wife and I are tremendously grateful for the outpouring of support and love from friends, family and complete strangers.

We are almost ready to move me to the next stage of rehab and then eventually the surgery consults,etc. I have made tremendous progress in being able to walk, move around and once again perform basic functions to the best of my ability.

The road ahead is still long and still hard but because of you, it is less bumpy, less scary and less uncertain. I am considering this Gofundme concluded and now we move forward into something new and wonderful.

The future ahead of me is bright and I face it with you all of you with a renewed sense of purpose and hope.

Love
Mike Dodd aka Birdman
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Update 2
Posted by Michael Dodd
3 months ago
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Check out this video update.
Update 2- it's Friday.Thoughts and more
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Update 1
Posted by Michael Dodd
3 months ago
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So amazingly, we hit goal and it moved me to
tears and hope. I see each dollar as an unbreakable
promise and each cent, as blood, tears and sweat.

So what happens now, we have enough to cover
presumably some big moving and safety issues
and some complications.

I posted on IF it made me a jerk to keep things
rolling and we have decided to keep it running
In case more complications or if I need more
weight loss required stuff,etc

I want to thank each and everyone of you who
took the time to share, tweet and donate.

I have hope thanks to all of you! I am accountable
to all of you and I intend to succeed, no matter
how long it takes.

Here is a pic as I am utterly spent from physio
Thumbs up from bed
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Anita Memery
3 months ago

So glad to hear you're doing better.. This will be a long process but hang in there it will be worth it... Give Blair a hug from us and tell her to try and stay strong... This is a tough road for the spouses/partners as well...

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$3,745 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 112 people in 3 months
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Created January 16, 2017
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$25
Matthew Baumgartner
2 months ago

keep getting better and hope it continues to go well. stay awesome Mike.

$10
Jared Foster
2 months ago
DC
$23
Doug Collins
3 months ago
$10
Matt Runge
3 months ago
ZC
$10
Zac Cardona
3 months ago
CL
$15
Christopher Larios
3 months ago

I hope you recover healthy, Mike, and I wish all the best for you going forward. Hope this will be just a bump in the road, and you'll be back to being awesome before long. Stay strong, brother.

BS
$10
Brad Sellick
3 months ago

Helping as best I can. Hang in there Mike.

$5
Dena Natali
3 months ago

Best of luck ^.^

$15
Stephen Wheeler
3 months ago
AM
$100
Anthony Mang
3 months ago

Wish you a speedy recovery, glad I saw this on FB because I wouldn't have known otherwise.

Anita Memery
3 months ago

So glad to hear you're doing better.. This will be a long process but hang in there it will be worth it... Give Blair a hug from us and tell her to try and stay strong... This is a tough road for the spouses/partners as well...

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