I am a current student at the University of Evansville, a freelance graphic designer, and I work at Ivy Tech Community College as a lab tech among many, many other things. I was born and raised in Evansville, and after high school was over, I got married and had two kids. I had just started to go back for my college degree when I got subcutaneous nerve damage in my left leg. It’s a flare-up in the nerves right on the skin, and it causes a lot of pain. At that time I didn’t really know how to deal with that much pain, so I stayed home with the kids. I dropped out of school; my wife at the time finished college. She took care of everything, and I took care of the kids — homeschooled them, and then they grew up. And that left time for me to think about, ok what should I do? And so I tried school again. I had dabbled in videography and discovered that I enjoyed making art, so I enrolled at Ivy Tech to pursue that further.
Then I got sick again; I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease. After several trips to the ER, no one really knew what was going on and I missed a lot of classes. I ended up having five surgeries inside of three years, several other procedures, and lots more trips back and forth to the ER. That laid me down for a long time.
Recovering from that is where my real story kind of starts ….