Working in the business of horror is lots of fun… but it’s also terrifying and not in the way that you would think. You see, we have no union. No insurance to help us when we’re in need. So when we are in desperate need of a helping hand, we have a tendency to keep it to ourselves because of pride.
You may know Joe Knetter from his countless outrageous books, TV and movie appearances, and also as the co-host of Brainwaves with me; but I know him as a friend and a father. As a brother. Believe me… there’s no sweeter guy in the world despite his rough appearance, crazed sense of humor, and outspoken voice.
Joe is in desperate need of spinal surgery so that he can continue to work and, more importantly, to walk. Every day he is in agony is just heartbreaking.
I’ll let him take it from here…
This is a very difficult thing to do. I’ve always been a hard-working guy that takes pride in taking care of people. I’ve had multiple jobs in order to support loved ones. I’m currently getting ready for my 4th spinal surgery. I had my first at the age of fifteen. Pain has always been a part of my life, but I’ve never complained. There are so many out there that have it worse than me. Recently when I was diagnosed with diabetes, I took it as a life challenge about being healthier, changed my diet, and have lost 32 pounds in six weeks. I’m proud of being able to do that even though I haven’t been able to be active.
With that being said, my spine is currently in the worst shape it’s ever been. I have multiple large ruptured discs in the lumbar portion of my spine. This is the region of my prior three surgeries. In addition I now have multiple ruptures in the thoracic region, degenerative disc disease, and bone spurs on the vertebrae.
The pain is severe; some days I’m unable to stand and walk. I’ve been unable to work since February and, as someone who’s always lived paycheck to paycheck, have seen things fall further and further behind.
If it was just me, I’d keep on as is and figure it out on my own eventually. My pride demands that. But I can’t let that get in the way right now. I need help. I have loved ones I help support.
There’s no telling how long I’m going to be down for. It hasn’t been fully determined what the plan is for my spine. I need to find a way to take care of those I care about. I’ve tried a bunch of things in order to do that, but none have worked out so I’m turning to you.
The money you gift me will go to making sure the people I care about are taken care of, along with me, during this challenging time. It’s really hard to ask for help. I honestly hate doing it. But I will for those I care about.
If you can spare… anything at all… every dime helps… please CLICK HERE and do so. Thank you for reading this, and thank you for helping.