Thank you for visiting my blog, you’ve probably have guessed my name is Chad, I’m 46 years old and I was born with Spina Bifida. I can walk without assistance, though as of late I’ve had some difficulty with my legs and hips, hopefully it’s just the cold Massachusetts winter that’s giving me such a hard time. For over twenty years I worked in the hospitality industry as a chef, reaching the position of Sous Chef at a private country club in the MetroWest area of Massachusetts, no I’m not joking, I actually managed to pull it off. Back in April of 2008 I had to relinquish my career as a chef and go on Social Security Disability, this due in part of my neurogenic bladder, and frequent fractures in my legs and feet. After having an artificial urinary sphincter for over 12 years, the last sphincter surgery I had didn’t turn out so well and the device had to be taken out, thus leaving me with a Foley catheter. Let me tell you working as a chef with a catheter for a few weeks was not the best decision I’ve made in my life, but oh well, we learn from our mistakes. Currently I’m in the process of losing some weight so my surgeon can perform an Ileal Loop which would give me a bag on my stomach to collect the urine, did I forget to mention that I already have a colostomy, I’m not sure how life will be when I get the second bag, it will be a major adjustment for me I’m sure. In 2011 I graduated from Becker College in Worcester, Ma. with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a Management Concentration. I’m looking forward to hearing from those living with Spina Bifida or who have loved one’s with Spina Bifida.
Anything is possible if you believe….