On May 16th, 2012, I was listed as a Missing Person for more than 5 days and was blessed to have over 5300 people actively searching the appalachian mountains and foothills before being found in a hospital in Greensboro, NC. I had a Micro-Stroke due to lack of oxygen to the brain as a result of not being able to afford my heart medication, specifically a drug called Plavix which is meant to keep my drug-eluting LAD stent open from the heart attack I suffered in September due to a genetic heart defect.
During my recovery time, I will be unable to work on large projects anymore but being the sole bread winner of a family of 6 has left a deep financial strain on my family. If you have any small graphic design or web design jobs, want to donate, or would like to purchase one of my paintings for donations or simply want to learn more about what happened, please visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/274130689349887/ which is a facebook group started by the more than 5300 people who were a part of the Search and Rescue Team that scoured the Appalachian mountains for me.
I am in the process of updating my website with information on my recovery, what happened, and how a social network like facebook galvanized an entire country by being a resource for Search and Rescue efforts and communication across the entire United States.
If you are not already informed on my story, it can be found in the Facebook group (click here) set up by the Search and Rescue team of over 5300 people who searched for 5 days after I went missing. The support of a community did not go in vain and I was found in a hospital 84 miles away having suffered a frontal lobe micro stroke due to my inability to purchase medication needed from a heart attack from September of 2011 due to a genetic heart condition. My ability to work has been impaired but I am still able to paint.
I am hoping that by painting the experiences of my experience, I may be able to still live with some dignity by earning money to support my family and afford my health care until I can get back on my feet.