Prior to my illnesses, I was a cellular biologist at Pepsi Co. in Hawthorne, NY. Due to improper, unergonomic conditions, I degenerated two discs in my cervical spine. After an entire year of unsuccessful treatment, I was finally referred to Hospital for Special Surgery. This institution, specifically Dr. Andrew Sama, saved my life and my future. I am successfully recovered less than a year post-surgery. I regained motion in my right hand, as well as minimized neck pains. My surgery at Hospital for Special Surgery gave me the opportunity to restart my life in the most healthiest form I've ever been in.