I do have some great news. The Epilepsy Awareness page on Facebook is going to start sharing my story of being an artist with epilepsy to kids. To show them that even though you may live with epilepsy you can still achieve your dreams. I have always tried to be the best role model for my own son, but to have someone want to share your story with other people to inspire them to keep going is something else. I have always taken it as an honor to be a role model to my son. I am also taking my story being shared with younger people living with epilepsy as a large honor also.
I went to the doctor a couple days later they took some x-rays then called me back in to follow up. My doctor looked at me, and said "I do not know how you are still able to walk. You should not be walking with your back problems. Have you put any thought into being in a wheelchair?". The thought never crossed my mind. I have had some messed up back pain since I broke my back the first time in 2002, but learned to live with it even more after I rebroke it in 2003. You learn to live with the pain, and keep going. I wasn't going to let a doctor try, and tell me I had to be in a wheelchair. So the doctor sends me over to a physical therapist. The lady looks at my charts and me. Then says "How are you able to walk.". Pretty much you learn to live with pain, and overcome it. I am not going to let my son see his father give up, and be in a wheelchair because he wanted to give up fighting, and it would make it very hard to perform for you my wonderful fans if I was in a wheelchair also. I have to much to do, and going to to just give up on things like that in life. You keep fighting and never give in.
It is official starting today a portion of all sales, and money from shows will be donated to the Epilepsy Foundation. This is not limited for just a week or a month, but is a permanent action that will continue to happen off of every sale and every show played. This includes not just the sales off of the website, but also sales off of Itunes, Amazon, Spotify, and the many other places that you are able to purchase Freedom And Forgiven's music from. The Epilepsy Foundation has done a lot for me in the past, and this is my way of giving back, and helping out a very underfunded foundation. Now when you purchase music from Freedom And Forgiven you will also be helping a charity.
Rock U Fest was an awesome show. There was 40 bands, 3 stages, and a portion of all the proceeds went to help wounded soldiers and the families of fallen soldiers.