Kraig update 6/3/2024

Hello everyone,

I'd like to start off by thanking you all for your heartfelt prayers and generous donations. They truly have been life-saving for me. We spend the majority of our time scheduling and researching healthcare options. We're looking in every direction to find some relief from these neurological issues that have made it impossible for me to perform for a living, on top of everything else.

The financial strain just adds stress to an already overwhelming situation. Your donations have made an incredible impact on my day-to-day recovery physically and just as important my mental attitude.  So very grateful.

I wish I could say I was out of the woods and we knew exactly what was wrong but we all know life is rarely that simple. My speech still remains my biggest struggle. Muscle movement in my face, tongue, and throat have slowed and seem to be getting worse with time. Low energy levels and muscle soreness have slowed me down. The good news is I'm still getting around and some days are much better than others. Also, I have a great support group, and Andrea is always there to hold me up, or just sit quietly with me. Thanks to your help, I've been able to connect and visit with many helpful healers. I'm also caring for myself with extremely healthy food, daily exercise, meditation and positive thinking. These are some of the resources your donations have allowed me to utilize:

Dr. Sadic, MD Franklin Park, Illinois
Dr. Epperly, MD functional Dr. Bloomingdale, Illinois
Dr. Jay Lombard, neurologist, author, New York
Rehabologym speech therapy New York
Dr. Jacobson neurologist Rush Chicago, Illinois
Dr. Donald Backstrom MS DC Glen Ellyn, Illinois
Dr. Jessica Lipham, ND Sarasota, Florida
Teresa Winters, LMT Craniosacral Geneva, Illinois
Candice Burkett shiatsu Wauconda, Illinois
Dr. Sand holistic dentist Ocala, Florida
Dr. Loeser facial surgeon Park Ridge, Illinois
Dr. Bikshorn neurologist Barrington, Illinois
Dr. Patel neurologist Rolling Meadows, Illinois 
Dr. Bastian voice institute Downers Grove, Illinois
Countless lab tests, transportation, and living expenses


Release of "Hip Hop"

I started recording a new batch of songs a couple of years back. I think we have seven still unfinished.  My voice was starting to bother me at the time, but my plan was to do vocals when it got better. As time went on and my voice got worse, I decided to get some help.  When I have a good day, I try to finish some of these recordings. "Hip Hop" is a Steve Arvey song that I added lyrics to. I used to sing this at daycare and the kids loved it, so I wanted to make a recording for them and all of you.  You can see some of the new lyrics were written for the kids: "short and cute in a tie-dye shirt" and "count my numbers and show them what I got".  My old bandmate and friend, Kevin Purcell, stepped in on vocals for me.

I am full of gratitude and ever so thankful for the life I've been able to live, and the amazing folks who have shared with me along the way.

Everyday is a new chance.

Peace my friends,