Before I get started on the whole story and for those that don't know me, I would ask that you give this blog post a read as it explains who I am and what I am about - http://www.overclock.net/a/the-reason-i-live
For 2 more or less years I have been a part of this community, helping where ever I could. The two main sections that became to mean allot to me have been the case mod section and the folding section. The people in these places have blessed my heart on many occasions and I have been a part of and organized myself, relief packages and prizes of sorts for people who have deserved them and helped make guides and many many many graphics in many different places and clubs around this forum. Chances are you have seen at least one of them. As I had time in my schedule I would do what I could to help out. I even started an artisan account and began to make video sleeving guides and wanted to help people learn how to sleeve and even sleeve for others as I had time. The response for that was far above anything I could ever have imagined. I have a nice number of YouTube subscribers. http://www.youtube.com/user/lutro0 Also a Facebook page to get new ideas and keep in contact with people world wide. http://www.facebook.com/Lutro0Customs I have been blessed beyond imagination that I have been able to help people in so many different spots around the world as that was my goal, to help people be able to do it themselves and be proud of something they made themselves.
Well about 4 months ago my back started hurting really bad. We went to 4 different doctors and were told so many different things, tried so many different combos of relaxants and stuff, but nothing worked. Eventually we went to a specialist and was told that I had broke my spinal processes and that my l5 vert (something like that) has started sliding and is crushing the nerve canals on both sides. He said we might be able to keep it under control with physical therapy but I may never be able to weight lift again (which is another huge passion of mine). So we tried the many things the specialist wanted us to do and nothing was helping and the pain got so bad I ended up in the er twice due to the pain and the choice was made to get surgery. Well the surgery required 2 doctors and I would have to wait 2 months before I could get it because that was the earliest they could get me in. Those 2 months where the worst for me as I was in constant pain and nothing took it away so I had to just endure.
That is when the choice was made to sell most of my folding computers to fund the surgery as our insurance can only cover so much, and we figured out a way to build one computer that would be able to keep some folding and it was only possible due to the fact that a couple friends here and there had good deals for me, and I was able to sell 3 full computers from parts at full price, and save a chunk for the bills.
Well as most people who have went through similar situations know you think you know how much somethings going to be but what it actually costs in a whole different story. I had some complications with the new build I was working on and the heartbreaking decision to sell it had to be made as we could not afford keeping it as the bills have started coming in.
When you see tears in your wife's eyes when she opens the bills you know its time to let go of certain things that don't even come close to mattering to how much you love your family.
And so I started to list all of the parts on OCN Marketplace and Oddly no one has even nibbled on them except for the case. I thought it odd because normally stuff goes pretty quick, so I just hoped and prayed it would sell. Knowing I would have to start selling my Aspros Mods parts if these didn't start selling was a looming thought in the back of my mind.
I first got a hold of a friend who said he would send a new chip for the sr2 (his last one) to see if it could work, I figured maybe it I could get it up and running someone would buy it as a whole or something....
And then I got another pm from someone I have never met before and who wants to remain anonymous that offered to pay for the full price of the SR2 board if I would use it to fold on (which I had planned to in the first place). I had to read the MSG about 5 times before I would believe what he has wrote. Sure enough, the person donated the money for the board and I had gotten enough back from a returned item we recently got that doesn't fully cover the cost of being able to keep the sr2 folder but makes me and my wife more comfortable with keeping it.
The whole thing astounds us, that at the very moment of considering of having to start selling all of the folding things, and even other things that mattered deeply to us, that someone would unselfishly with no prompting send such a wonderful gift to us. Granted it doesn't get us out of hot water quite yet as the surgery bills and physical therapy and everything else hasn't come in yet. It was so nice to see that there are still people out there that care enough to give of themselves to others. And not to mention the many many people on OCN who have given me uplifting thoughts, prayers, and just have been awesome customers of mine. Truly good people still exist, and a community of people can do good given a united goal.
Words cannot describe how thankful I am to that random person who allowed me to keep my folding machine (something very frivolous I know but means alot), and the you the members of the OCN Folding@home team, and also to the rest of OCN. You have been a comfort in a hard time and i know you still will in all of the ones coming up.
So from as much feeling as can be packed into typed words on the internet, to you OCN... I thank you.
I am currently home healing from the surgery, still in a good amount of pain but getting better day by day. I hope to get back into the community with my free time and start helping out again as I have. We still have alot of financial decisions to do so alot of my projects will be on hold until the smoke settles and we get it all figured out. But I will keep those threads updated as much as I can.
Edited by Lutro0 - 2/29/12 at 10:44am