Published by ABC News Channel 9

Robert Conine bought his dream boat when his mother passed away.

“I talk to it all the time, don’t I boy,” he said.
That’s about as close as he gets to a day on the water, because even his most prized possession can’t keep him from drowning in unbearable pain.

“Oh god, nobody in this world can understand it,” Conine said.

Conine hurt his back in a saw mill accident when he was 17. To this day, he says he needs painkillers to function.