I'm A Broken Boxer! I Can't Believe This Happened To Me!I am a 55 year old man who has had a very interesting life.I am in recovery from drug/alcohol dependency since age 23, and have also gone through struggles with various personal issues. Although I had a great deal to over come i did so much hard work that I did it! I became a Developmental Specialist for Easter Seals and worked with children very successfully for many years. I also loved sports. My whole family played ice hockey so I participated in this sport for 30 years. After a left and right ACL reconstruction, I hurt my neck really badly and after many alternative treatments i got a double level cervical fusion. I quit hockey and lifted weights for about 10 years but had to go light after a while due to pain. My club turned into a boxing gym. Man, I had always wanted to be a boxer but my family was against it so it was so much fun to box and I learned a lot from my coaches and finally stated to spar almost every day , got a group of buddies that was just right for me. I tore my retenas one day and had emergency surgery but did not stop boxing because the surgeon said they had healed well.
I started to go lighter in sparring because of my age (I was slowing down) and asked my buddies not to hit me hard in the head. They were great about this but one day I took a pretty bad hit. Two days later i had a contusion swelling in my spinal cord and was ruched to the ER. Ten days, 1000 tests, and they finally got a good, clean MRI that showed the dead cells that were causing me multiple medical issues. The lucky part? I am in the 5% that have the level of damage I have that can walk! I am happy (of course) and sad WHY???? Because it's really hard to find guys like me. I have severe neuropathy, meaning my legs and feet hurt so badly 24/7 I cry half the time and try to ignore it the rest of the time only to pay later. I have to use opiates (and I use them exactly as prescribed) or I can not tolerate the pain. AND trust me, I have tried a long list of alternative therapies and meds. My bowels do not move due to this spastic condition I have there too,w/o enema, I use a catheter to urinate (the more spastic my legs the less I can pee), my legs cramp/spasm/burn/throb/and feel like the mafia has tortured me for days, sexually I am pretty useless, and I can no longer do any of the things I loved for any time at all. I actually coached troubled teens in boxing and trained for over 2 yrs. since the accident but one day it became too much. I look great due to being in excellent share before my injury so no one thinks I am suffering. Therefore...I just keep it to myself cause when I try to discuss it no one hears. I am not actually looking for sympathy, just some guys who might know what it's like to wake up in tears nearly every day. I have other physical issues I would discuss privately, not appropriate for this list but hey, I am just lonely. We moved about 4 months ago and i lost the friends whom I had built up over 10 years. I guess that, and being limited as to how much I can get out to meet folks, it dragging me down. Thanks for listening. What's your story? Remember, I am not into competition to see who suffers more, just lookin for some buds is all.