BREWER – A man from Brewer has faced many medical challenges over the years and has struggled to get the help he needs. He’s now turning to others and decided to share his story with hope it will help others who are also facing a difficult life.
“Fate comes in and slaps you around again,” said Doug Gordon, a disabled man on the verge of losing his home.
For his entire life, Gordon has lived with a birth defect, one that caused many trials and tribulations in his life. Whether it’s having his right leg amputated or 13 back surgeries so he can live past the age of 30, he’s no stranger to hospital visitations. His recent situation landed him in a coma back in 2012.
“It’s because I have a birth defect in my brain that causes strokes,” said Gordon, “I had about 20 strokes roughly in between 2012 to 2015.”
It’s like a ticking time bomb that it could happen at any moment. He had to sell his businesses in order to pay for some of the bills. He thought after that time he’d be able to have assistance. But his social security disability claim keeps getting denied.
“My claim isn’t credible. I don’t understand what that means,” he said, “I don’t know how you can lie about a birth defect.”
Now diagnosed with depression as a result of his condition, he’s looking to self-fundraise to be able to pay the fees he’s faced with.
“It’s been a physical thing. A mental thing and then a financial thing these last 5 years. It’s incredible,” he said.
Despite all of this, he’s going to continue to fight for social security so that he can one day follow his dreams of making independent films. His story has reached Susan Collin’s office. He’s hoping she can help turn things around.
“If I could help one other person out there from going through what I have been going through these last five years, it will be tremendous,” he said, “It would be worth it. Who cares what I will do. I am going to do what I am going to do anyway.”
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