Brain Tumor Disabled Man Seeks Government Grant Money To Upgrade Computer
by Charles David Hodges
(Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA)
Disabled by a brain tumor revealed during a workplace accident, I'm now looking for a government grant or other financial help to upgrade my computer to keep my work-at-home job.
One day at my job I was working late as normal, I had to do the work of three people.
While checking some inventory for the next day's print jobs I was struck on the head by a 500-pound carton of paper.
I sat for a few minutes trying to shake it off and returned to my desk to finish what was needed for the next morning.
That night I had an x-ray of my head, then the next morning I received a call telling me not to be concerned about the concussion.
But they had discovered a large brain tumor that had encased all of my ventricles. They told me I should not be alive.
Two days later I was in an emergency 14-hour surgery to remove the tumor. They had to remove 33 square inches of my skull to be able to remove the tumor.
After I came out of an induced coma five days later I realized that I could not walk, swallow or use many of my motor functions that I had before.
It took me a year of hard rehab to be able to walk on my own.
But the surgery had taken its toll on me in many ways. Thus life as I had known it was gone forever.
This was troubling because I had turned 50 while I was in surgery and the plans I was working for were gone.
I was so looking forward to my life with my bride of 27 years to be alone again.
I had just gotten my youngest child through college and we were alone again, but not in the condition I wanted to be in.
I have worked very hard to get back as much as much as I can, but my brain had been damaged a lot to remove the tumor.
I can no longer play my drums, something I started to do when I was six years old. I played professional starting at 14 until I met my wife when I was 29.
We have two great adult self-sufficient children for which I am grateful.
I've been working from home for the last three years for a commercial printer from my home computer.
But I was given an ultimatum that I must upgrade my computer to better interface with their system, or I will lose my job on January first of 2011.
That will be a blow to me personally and mentally as well as a large problem for my income.
If I lose that income I will not be able to stay in my home of 21 years. Thank you for directing me to any government grant money or other financial help. Charles David Hodges.
Click here to post comments
Return to US Minnesota.