Please, Help Stop Sam’s Pain
Imagine you or a loved one suffers from such severe headaches that continuing to live is a difficult choice.
Would you want someone to help you?
Hello folks. I want to thank you for your patience waiting for my updates and most of all I want to thank you for your most generous donations to the StopSamsPain Campaign.
You have donated over $40,000 which is just spectacular and humbling. I was able to go to the MHNI clinic and the MHNI ward at the Chelsea Hospital and receive the help I needed. And I was able to do that with my wife Cindy by my side. We left on Aug. 17th and returned Aug. 29th. Please, let me fill you in on a few of the details.
About 3-4 weeks before we were scheduled to leave we received some peculiar phone calls. To make a long story short, the callers were not who they said they were and were trying to get information and dates about when we were going on our trip. The police told us that this happens sometimes, when people’s stories are in the news. Apparently, when certain individuals hear you will be away from your home it creates an excellent opportunity for them to break in.
We were advised by the police not to release the actual dates when we would be away to the media or post them on any social media sites. This is unfortunately why you could not follow our progress during our trip.
While at MHNI, Dr. Saper and his team weaned me off the very strong prescription narcotics and opioids I was on for pain over the past 5 years. While I believed these medications somewhat helped control my migraines, Doctor Saper’s team believed along with the local medical team that these narcotics and opioids could be the main root of my daily chronic migraines. Dr. Saper’s team replaced them with other medications far less harmful to me, and ones that would help slow my migraines down.
The trick is to find the right medications, usually by trial and error and at the right dosage for me. This takes time and can only be completed once the old medications are completely out of my system and the “withdrawal” process from my old meds is over. This “withdrawal” process is the side effects your system goes through when it no longer gets what it was used to for all those years. One pharmacist put it best when she said “withdrawals are like a spoiled little child taking a tantrum cause they can’t get what they want”.
That “withdrawal” process in time can vary from person to person. I’ve heard everything from 2 weeks to 3 months depending who you ask. For me I was into it for a little over 6 weeks and it was extremely difficult. Things were happening to me physically and mentally that you would not believe. The depression is very challenging. Then just when I thought it couldn’t get any worse I got a kidney stone attack.
I had one once before so I knew what was coming. Let’s just say if it’s a choice between pains from a kidney stone or a level 10 migraine, it is a tough call which is worse. I was rushed to the Hospital Emergency and had a Ureteroscopy procedure done to remove the stone but they could not get to it so I’m waiting to have a second one done soon. Not fun, as you may guess especially for us guys. When the kidney stone is finally removed I hope and pray I will finally start to emerge out of perhaps one of the darkest times of my life and things will begin to move in a positive direction for me.
I couldn’t have come this far without the support of my wonderful wife Cindy, and of course all of you who made our trip to MHNI possible. The great news is at this point my migraines have decreased almost 40-50%. I realize I am not out of the woods yet. My withdrawals have to end completely so that the doctors can figure out which meds will work the best and whether they have the correct dosage so that they can keep my migraines decreased. We have paid all the bills from our trip to MHNI and back. Although we haven’t hit our goal of $47,000 there are still some funds which were in the budget to be used for therapy sessions here at home, as originally planned. I’ll give you another update once I am done with this kidney stone episode.
On behalf of Cindy and myself thank you all again for your generosity and kindness.
Our friend Sam has suffered from severe migraines for 20 years and they’re getting worse. We started this campaign to raise money to send Sam to the Michigan Head Pain & Neurological Institute (MHNI). It’s North America’s top comprehensive head pain treatment and research center. They can help to stop his suffering. And I hope today you’ll make a modest donation to help him with the treatment he needs.
We truly believe that when you help other people, there are benefits to you personally.
One of the reasons we want to help Sam, is because he is a helper. He’s incredibly generous with his time. Over his lifetime, he has helped countless people in many different ways. So that’s why we would like to help him, and we hope you will too.
I know you have experienced pain in your life. We all have.
But Sam’s pain is at a level few people suffer from. His migraines often reach pain level 10, on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the highest pain.
Each migraine includes head throbbing and sensitivities to any light and noise. The pain causes nausea, vomiting, and more.
Sam describes it this way: “My most feared migraine visitor is the one accompanied by a piercing burning sensation like someone driving a red hot 12 inch spike into my eye, temples and forehead. That one scares me the most. Sam says these migraines are the ones that bring on the “dark suicidal thoughts” that cross his mind. And no wonder.
Your donation today will help Sam get out of this horrible nightmare.
I’m sure you realize that severe pain affects more people than just the individual.
It affects your whole family. Sam’s wife Cindy and their children have stuck by him loyally for his 20 years of suffering from migraines. They have suffered too, you can imagine. You know it’s hard to watch someone you love suffer.
And it’s hard for Sam to see his loved ones suffer too. “The physical pain is intense and added to that is the emotional pain of knowing my wife Cindy has put her life on hold, and suffers along with me.”
Sam also says his migraines are so debilitating that it takes him forever to do the most basic things. His favorite thing, spending time with his granddaughter Sieanna Mae suffers the most. “I love her more than life itself and I want to do so much with her, that it just frustrates me to no end when I have to stop and take a break when she wants to keep playing”.
So in effect, when you make a gift to help Sam, you help his wife, three children, and grandchild.
Sam’s neurologist, family doctor and specialists all believe that The Michigan Headache & Neurological Institute (MHNI) is his best hope for relief.
“Sam is suffering severe migraines and chronic daily headaches. They are among the worst I've ever seen in my 30 years of practice. The Michigan Headache Neurological Institute is a well- respected clinic with a track record of reducing severe migraine pain and I urge people to support this fundraising campaign to help him.”
–Sam's family physician: Dr. Matthew Burnstein
Sam's neurologist is the well-respected Dr. Allan Purdy, Chief of Neurology at the Queen Elizabeth Health Sciences Center in Halifax. He sits on the board of the American Headache Society. And he also says that Sam’s situation so severe that he needs to go to: the MHNI in Ann Arbor.
Your kind gift today will help fund the treatment to stop his pain.
The treatment is costly and includes ongoing care for patients once they return home. MHNI highly recommends that a patient's spouse attend the clinic as well since they are very involved with the return home program and need to understand the migraine treatments as well as the triggers. Since Sam has hardly been able to work over the last three years, we built into our budget the raising of funds to cover his expenses while there, and the follow-up care that he will need.
I hope you feel that your donation will be worthwhile because you’ll help ease the pain of another human being.
Most of us have known Sam for decades, and he is truly a loyal friend.
We’ve all seen him demonstrate incredible kindness to ourselves and others. Through his entire life he has volunteered for many good causes. He’s mentored young people, coached kids’ sports teams, and helped coworkers through personal crises.
Sam has proven himself to be a person who deserves kind and generous support – and an escape from blinding and unnecessary pain.
Will you help Sam Fried get the treatment to help reduce his severe migraine symptoms?
The Michigan Headache and Neurological Institute were founded in 1978 as North America’s first comprehensive head pain treatment research center. It is the only center of its kind to earn national accreditation for excellence in care, diagnosis and programs.
ONE FOCUS - HEAD PAIN
MHNI has a national reputation for helping individuals who suffer from head pain, face and neck pain, and related disorders. Through a multidisciplinary team of specially trained physicians, physician assistants, Ph.D. psychologists, physical therapists, registered nurses, technicians and administrative staff, MHNI is committed to helping patients get their lives back.
What people say about their treatment at MNHI:
"I want to express my sincere appreciation for your treatment, help, and kind caring. You and your staff were highly competent and caring, and the treatment and guidance received were excellent. My son says that his headache has now ceased for the first time in the last year and that he is again experiencing and thoroughly enjoying a sense of wellness and normality."
–A.M., Charlotte, North Carolina
"My life has just been saved! For some time I have unsuccessfully battled totally disabling, daily head pain and lost all hope. Life had become worthless. But at the Michigan Headache & Neurological Institute a control for my chronic severe head pain disorder was found."
–D.V., Naples, Florida
Our goal is to raise $47,000 which includes treatment at the center, follow-up as needed as well as travel and accommodation with his wife Cindy, whose support is essential.
The good news is that new breakthrough research indicates that severe migraine sufferers can get immediate and significant relief from their symptoms with treatment.
What we need to do is to raise funds. Your donation of any amount will make a difference. We need gifts of $25, $50, $100, $500, $1,000 and more to make this happen. If for any reason we can’t raise enough money to send Sam for treatment, your donation will be returned in full.
Will you help Sam? It’s easy for you to do so.
Just click here to donate. Or mail your gift to Stop Sam’s Pain c/o Suite 330, 1985 W. Broadway, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada V6J 4Y3.
Stop Sam’s Pain is not a registered charity, therefore tax receipts for your donations will not be issued.
Where your gift will go: in order to minimize his personal stress, Sam has asked his friend Harvey McKinnon if his fundraising company Harvey McKinnon Associates would be responsible for collecting donations. Harvey’s company raises money for a wide variety of non-profit organizations. Harvey has spent his whole life working for charitable causes, and is the co-author of the book The Power of Giving: How Giving Back Enriches Us All. The royalties from his book have all gone to charities.
Everyone helping with this campaign is volunteering their time. All donations will go to help stop Sam's migraine pain. The only deduction from your gift will be a small portion to cover PayPal for processing your donation.
Your gift will:
- Allow Sam to travel to the US and receive the treatment he so desperately needs.
- Also cover follow-up care as well as travel expenses for Sam and Cindy to go to the clinic from their home in Nova Scotia. The cost estimate – and our campaign goal – is $47,000.
- Improve Sam’s quality of life and ensure he can get back to work as soon possible so he can help support his family.
Just choose the amount you’ll donate and click here.
Stop Sam’s Pain is not a registered charity, therefore tax receipts for your donations will not be issued.
Other ways to give
If you prefer you can write a check/cheque payable to Stop Sam’s Pain, and mail it:
c/o Harvey McKinnon Associates
Suite 330, 1985 W. Broadway
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, V6J 4Y3
If you have any questions, please feel free to call Sam's sister Carol Ann Fried at 604-736-4110 (Pacific Standard Time zone).
We know you are a compassionate person which is why you've read this far. When you donate, you will know exactly where your donation goes, and to whom. And we will keep you informed on this webpage and Facebook page as to Sam's progress. Thank you in advance for your generosity, and helping to ease Sam's pain.