After a lifetime of being a Superman and a few months ago I had the blowing news that I have to have major surgery in my back, every day I feel my legs stopped working to a point that I can’t hold on or stand up #AMA

Noel A. Santana-Igartúa
Sep 8, 2017

After a lifetime of being a Superman and a few months ago I had the blowing news that I have to have major surgery in my back, every day I feel my legs stopped working to a point that I can’t hold on or stand up. since my spinal cord is being compressed by the liquid of my 3 herniated discs on my lumbar and sacro area and after my last fall I cracked a vertebrate that makes it so painful that I can’t even walk or stand up. also, I have completely lost all the disc material on my sacro 1 that makes it to press directly on my Spinal cord making my left leg not to be used due to the nerves and all the tissue being damage due to the injury. Physical and occupational therapy have done nothing and the doctor asked them to stop for the time being, also none of the very strong pills they have given me alleviate the pain. Today I received a power chair that helps me move around the house, but I still homebound due to not having ramps or something to mount the chair in our car since it weight more than 250lbs. and my wife can’t lift it. we are looking to see if we can get a vehicle that accommodate the wheel chair since we live in Wisconsin and there is snow and the chair can’t get wet. a chair ramp for the back of the car is great during the summer months but eventually we will need a van, I will be having surgery hopefully in October to be able to recuperate my movement but it’s going to be a painful and long process and i will be bedbound most of the time for almost a year then rehab will come. right now, our funds are extremely limited due to lack of employment and we are to the point that we can lose it all and the credit cards can’t hold much but they have to be repaid since I have to go to doctors almost every day and not always have the help to get me into the car. I feel sad after being able to do so much finding myself having to ask for help, but anything will help. with hope and love.

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What are your skill sets?  Maybe you could do something online to help generate some income?

Sep 9, 2:03AM EDT0

I’m a criminal psicologist but I’m not certified in the states even tho I do private sessions for teens and groups to cope with their issues at church as a volunteer counselor. 

Sep 9, 3:50PM EDT0

What did you do for employment before your injury?

Sep 9, 12:10AM EDT0

I was a district manager for a major discount retailer. But due to my back they found a way of laying me off. (Eliminated my position)

Sep 9, 3:49PM EDT0

What happened to you that caused this injury?

Sep 8, 11:37PM EDT0

I’ve had a fall very bad 3 years ago and that started the tearing. It takes years to feel it. 

Sep 9, 12:01AM EDT0

Have you approached shops or retail outlets to donate money or to donate products that could help you to promote as incentives?

Sep 8, 8:45PM EDT0

I have but we have been turned away. All but a coffee shop. The owner didn’t even know me and donated 100 to our campaign. 

Sep 9, 12:03AM EDT0

Is crowdfunding just about money or are there other benefits?

Sep 8, 4:01PM EDT0

Well also is a way of making contacts

Sep 8, 4:55PM EDT0

True. I hope you meet some really nice people and who knows something really good might come out of this, just have faith!

Sep 8, 11:07PM EDT0

So sorry to hear what's going on with you. Have you ever tried magnet therapy?

Sep 8, 3:42PM EDT0

noninhave not. I’ll look into it. 

Sep 8, 4:55PM EDT0

I went a few times myself, fascinating. Went for gastritis and other problems after 3 sessions all gone. I spoke to another lady with arthritis and she was pain free, lots of other people with amazing results, plus its non invasive :)

Sep 8, 11:19PM EDT0

What caused your herniated discs? Has it affected you mentally as well? If so, how do you overcome the mental pressure?

Sep 8, 2:31PM EDT0

i has a fall at work about 3 years ago and in that time frame with the wear and tear of work the disc material started bulging to a point that puts pressure in my spinal cord and nerves. It is depressing because as I said I was a Superman, super dad a major handyman at home. And now I’m confined to a wheelchair. I just keep my hopes up and relay a lot in my wife and her faith. But man it is difficult. I have been to a lot of therapy. 

Sep 8, 5:53PM EDT0

Have you had a second opinion yet before you undergo surgery? Herniated discs can often heal naturally but it is a long process and physiotherapy. 

Sep 9, 12:06AM EDT0

What is a superman? Also, what kind of surgery are you having? I am so sorry that you are having to go through something this terrible!

Sep 8, 2:20PM EDT0

I was all can do type of person, a dad that rolled in the grass with his daughters, climbed trees with them, worked my yard like I was a paid gardener, had a very busy life full of action.  I’m having a disc replacement surgery and then a fusion of the spine to prevent more damage. It is tough to now be on a wheelchair looking just out the window thinking of what I used to do. But I hope someday I’ll be able again. 

Sep 8, 5:58PM EDT0

Can you share a link to your facebook, twitter, website please?

Sep 8, 2:13PM EDT0
Sep 8, 6:01PM EDT0

What important lesson have you learnt from using crowdfunding so far?

Sep 8, 1:10PM EDT0

That is great way to network and have your story out there. 

Sep 8, 5:59PM EDT0

You're right. Good luck and God bless! 

Sep 8, 11:40PM EDT1

What advice would you give to anyone else looking to create their first crowdfunding project?

Sep 8, 1:07PM EDT0

Be direct, truthful and keep your crowd informed. 

Sep 8, 2:31PM EDT0

What part of the population do you think are the best candidates for funding a crowdfunding campaign?

Sep 8, 3:35AM EDT0

I think everybody in general. Always someone is interested. 

Sep 8, 2:31PM EDT0

True, wishing you all the best!

Sep 8, 11:51PM EDT1

When and how did you think of this idea?

Sep 8, 2:52AM EDT0

I was looking online and was told by a friend that contributed on GoFundMe. 

Sep 8, 2:56AM EDT0

Hi Noel. I wish your prayers are answered and you get the required funding for your medical condition. Have you interacted with other people with similar health problems as yours in online forums? 

Sep 8, 2:14AM EDT0

Hello. Yes I have and they are helping me find resources in the area. But we are still in incredible economic pressure since my wife is already disabled and now me that was the only bread winner. 

Sep 8, 2:27AM EDT0

Have you contacted your local church for help?

Sep 8, 1:41AM EDT0

Hello. Yes I have and they are helping me find resources in the area. But we are still in incredible economic pressure since my wife is already disabled and now me that was the only bread winner.

Sep 8, 2:27AM EDT0

That's good. I'm pleased that they are helping!

Sep 9, 12:57AM EDT0

What are your back-up plans if your crowdfunding campaign fails?

Sep 8, 12:29AM EDT0

Still trying. We hope not to be homeless. We have faith that something good will happen. 

Sep 8, 2:28AM EDT0

Good, keep up the faith! I am sure it will all work out fine! Blessings

Sep 9, 12:19AM EDT0

What do you feel the biggest benefits of Crowdfunding are?

Sep 8, 12:08AM EDT0

Is getting the voice of one single person, group or community exposed to the biggest crowd as possible. 

Sep 8, 2:29AM EDT0

I hear you, sir! Good luck!

Sep 9, 12:04AM EDT0

Can you give some advice to people interested in launching their own crowdfunding campaigns?

Sep 7, 11:26PM EDT0

Is be sincere and talk about what you need and always keep your backers updated. 

Sep 8, 2:31AM EDT0

Does it cost me anything to start a crowdfunding campaign?

Sep 7, 10:22PM EDT0

No cost at all. 

Sep 8, 2:29AM EDT0

Would you consider getting a specialist onboard in order to help you make this campaign a success?

Sep 7, 9:40PM EDT0

I have talked to my doctors and they are willing to write me letters and show the mri’s

Sep 8, 2:31AM EDT0
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