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Hi friends and family from far and wide. It's me, Michael Stemmeler. As many of you know I have been battling chronic pain in my neck and arms and now legs for quite some time. I've tried everything from physical therapy, acupuncture, shots, ...

Hi friends and family from far and wide. It's me, Michael Stemmeler. As many of you know I have been battling chronic pain in my neck and arms and now legs for quite some time. I've tried everything from physical therapy, acupuncture, shots, pain medication to no avail. Working in the Biergarten as a server , which I have loved for over 31 years, has become more and more difficult. Sadly now it's become almost unbearable  because of the pain and weakness in my arms and legs. It's therefore become necessary to have surgery done on my neck. The procedure is an anterior-cervical-discectomy-and-fusion- in c3&c4 and c4&c5 and c5&c6. Plus he will use metal straps that will be screwed in to hold everything in place.

Here is a link to a video that explain the procedure. http://swarminteractive.com/vm/viewmedica/lite/1257/en/A_579c2a31/?ref=http://www.spine-health.com/video/anterior-cervical-discectomy-and-fusion-acdf-video

The surgery is supposed to be quite routine but I'm still nervous about it. Having suffered with life long depression, this hasn't helped. 

This is where my worries  comes into play. I have very good health insurance working for Disney but I still will have copay and deductibles that will reach close to 4000$. Plus I won't be able to go back to work for at least 3 months after surgery. Unfortunately, Ive not been able to work as much as I'd like to because of the pain, my finances have been drained. I will get disability insurance but again since I've missed so much work and I've only able to take smaller stations, my base pay will be minimum. 

I know everyone has their own issues in their lives,  but if anyone can help with a financial donation it will ease my burden so much. Even if you can't help financially, your thoughts and prayers will be greatly appreciated. It was very hard to write this.  I hope you understand where I am coming from and will not judge me negatively. 

I'm still waiting for medical clearance,  If everything checks out, I should be scheduled fir surgery next week. I'LL keep you  updated. 

Thanks for taking the time to read my story and thanks for your your thoughts and prayers 

Michael 

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