Have you ever wanted to watch a tortoise take its first breath? The opportunity is here!
Hello, my name is Tom Anderson and when I was 22 years old my life was changed forever when I was diagnosed with Hypertrophic Obstructive Cardiomyopathy(HOCM). I also suffer from depression, learning disabilities and severe social disorder. This heart disease is genetic so I was born with it, yet there are no other family members with it. In 2009 at the Cleveland Clinic after a day of testing and consultations with the top specialist in my disease I was scheduled for open heart surgery the following day. They had to remove part of my heart muscle, repairs to my papillary muscle and mitral valve along with many heart abnormalities. The surgery is to relieve symptoms which in my case it did not. I also underwent 3 cardiac ablations to take care of arrhythmia problems. This is not a curable disease, it will get worse overtime and I’ve been told that I will someday need a heart transplant. Before my diagnosis I was living a normal life, friends, boating and working a full time job. I was dealing with symptoms for years but always thought that what I was feeling was from my asthma.
I currently don’t have any quality of life because I cannot work due to my health. I struggle daily with chest pains, shortness of breath, severe fatigue, vision issues, along with the depression and anxiety. There have been too many times to count where I have hoped to go to sleep and not wake up. I look at my siblings who lead a normal life and I constantly ask “Why Me”?
There has been one constant in my life and that is my love of all animals! If I could, I would have one of each. Through research i came across Tortstork.com. Tortstork offers Tortoise eggs for you to hatch yourself. I was in constant communication with the owner, Randal Betz JR, and the more I learned from him, the more I wanted to raise a Tortoise of my own. So I made up my mind that I had to have one. Tortstork shipped an egg to me in July. It was awesome to watch the transformation that an egg goes through during incubation from chalking to candling to hatching. This little egg gave me something to look forward to every day; making sure it was doing well and the temps and humidity for the incubator were correct. The tortoise hatched in September and it was the coolest process to watch. I was proud of myself that I was able to do something on my own, that brought me so much joy. I have joined a few Tortoise forums and Blogs which has given me the opportunity to make new friends in the reptile community. I am so happy with the overall experience and help from Tortstork that I can not wait to hatch another tortoise. My health may never change for the better, but I now have something to look forward to everyday. This little tortoise depends on me to survive and I’m not going to let it down.
"The mission of theTurtleRoom is to advance survival of the world’s turtles and tortoises through collaborative education, conservation, and research programs." Take a minute to check their website out. They are all amazing individuals that do great for turtles and tortoises around the world.
For every egg or tortoise hatchling purchased off Tortstork.com, Tortstork.com will donate ten dollars to one of these programs to help aid in the protection of Turtles and Tortoises around the world. These organizations have made no endorsement of Tortstork.com, this is simply our way to give back to the conservation of these amazing animals.
Turtle Survial Alliance's mission is "Transforming passion for turtles into effective conservation action through a global network of living collections and recovery programs."
Ever since I was young I have wanted to hatch my own tortoise. I reached out to numerous breeders asking if I could buy a tortoise egg. I even said I would take all the risk. Everyone turned me down saying it wasn't feasible. Its been a dream of mine to make it feasible for anyone who wants to hatch their own tortoise. I made my dream come true, so you can make your dream come true...
Besides tortoises and turtles, I enjoy the beach, fishing and most importantly spending time with my family.
Buyer assumes all risks in connection with the purchase of one or more tortoise/turtle eggs. Seller cannot guarantee that egg will arrive intact, or that egg will be fertile. Seller will appropriately pack egg to protect it during shipping, but shipping is provided by third parties over whom seller has no control. Seller cannot determine at the time of shipping if egg is fertilized. Seller shall have no liability for any claims, causes of action, or the like a rising at law or equity in connection with the sale and/or shipment of tortoise/turtle eggs, and moreover, shall have no liability for incidental, consequential, and/or special damages; although it is the intent of the parties that seller shall bear no liability, the parties further agree that sellers liability is explicitly limited to the amount paid for the egg or eggs which are the subject of the transaction. Buyer is buying egg or eggs in "as is" condition and is not relying on any warranties of any kind, whether express or implied.
The organization receiving the donation from a purchase shall bear no liability for any issue that would arise between the Buyer and Seller.
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. I will answer any questions you might have.
If I don't respond to you within an hour, that means I was eaten by our tortoises.