I’ve always been a people person. ‘Shy’ is not a word that for anybody who knew me would use to describe me. When I was a kid, the family joke was I was always the one introducing my two big brothers to the girls. Of course, that is an exaggeration… almost. When I became a quadriplegic, I thought I was done because I thought I would not be able to drive my electric wheelchair because my hands didn’t work. I knew there were specialized controllers in the market and that they were extremely expensive. So expensive that, it seem unattainable and I almost gave into the thought that for the rest of my life I would be dependent on someone to push me around in a wheelchair. To some, they can live with it, but, for some reason, the Lord had put a stubborn streak on me. I felt it would be a sin to not even try to be more independent.
First, I focused on trying to generate income online by promoting my graphic art skills. I haven’t earned a cent yet, but it is still an ongoing process. I’ve also written my first ebook, The Centurion’s Gospel, and self-published it in Amazon. So far, I sold 15 ebooks about $1.99/book. My royalty earnings to date is less than $10. I have researched on other online moneymaking schemes but found them questionable. Then my sister (visiting from the States) introduced me to the Go-Fund-Me website.
According to Wikipedia, GoFundMe is a crowdfunding platform that allows people to raise money for things like life events such as celebrations and graduations to challenging circumstances like accidents and illnesses. How it works is that the user is allowed to create a web page where they can relate their story. They provide service to utilize the user’s email, facebook and twitter contact listing and automatically send notices about their campaign page. GoFundMe is also where the donations are safely collected until it is withdrawned by the beneficiary.
For weeks, I hesitated going down this route. My pride was a factor in pleading for help. But I have yet to generate income. So, I swallowed my pride and created my GoFundMe campaign page. I did this with the conviction that this is just to raise the money so I can become more independent and self sufficient. My hopes are that, as I become more mobile, I’ll be out there to be among people. Then I can make connections and build up my network. This opens the opportunity to return the favor of everyone who donated for me to pay-it-forward.
Again, I want to thank everyone for their support and ecouragements.
Until the next post,
Please help me go mobile, donate at or share this link to others: https://www.gofundme.com/quadriplegic-needs-mobility