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As a mother, Angela Rich had prayed she would avoid such emotions.

Her son, Jordan, had a life brimming with promise and ambitious plans: a graduate degree in computer science, global travels, professional success.

Slowly, however, those plans disintegrated amid stifling neck pain that limited Jordan’s ability to work and concentrate. The pain eventually consumed his entire body, draining his energy, enthusiasm and independence. He moved back into his mother’s New Hampshire home and relied on Social Security as his future darkened.

 “As a parent, it was so devastating...