"Entering The Spinal Canal" © BMM 2008

Brad Michael Moore

Perrin, Jack County, United States

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Pain is likely the primary component of life. This is likely true in final death too. I have a chance to test a theory after a injury in Feb., 2008. This series began as a simple labor – born near the end of last year. Then, in period of a few days, through much process, this series has been painted through personal pain. I have set out to test my will. While surrounded in aches, spasms, and awkward positions – I have held on to my beliefs, a desire, if I overlook my hurting – long enough; I could discover a gauging, which declares, there is also absolute beauty where there is pain. This is the simple task of this series. Having degenerative disk disease, in both my lower, and upper back, including a crushed first Lumbar Vertebra and two herniated disks… I recently blew out (ruptured) three more consecutive disks while undergoing a CAT scan by an inexperienced diagnostician who literally nearly broke my neck, trying to position it for his scan. I am a southpaw, suddenly with a 50% loss of use in my left arm and hand. Along with this issue, I had had a “vibrating” back spasm for 4 weeks straight – after I suffered this injury. The pain is writhing when I am in the sitting position – as at the dinner table, computer, or driving an automobile… Lucky for me, I have a computer chair that allows me to work inclined at a 45 degree angle – and I became more proficient with the capability of my right hand. I’m not totally crazy – after completing this series, I have taken a small bit of rest, while trying to find someone who can help me – uninsurable as I am in America – Land of the Once Great – still needing to prove to me we can be so again.

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