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    Quote Originally Posted by JonnyB76 View Post
    I was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma back in Sept 2011 went through 6 months of ABVD chemo to cure me, when i finished we did the PET scan to check if i was cancer free sadly i still had some in my neck and chest. My doc at this point tells my wife that i'm his first patient in 18 years of practice that wasn't cured by the ABVD treatment. wife tells me this, nicely uplifting. Next my doc has me meet with a specialist in Hodgkin's from Dana Farber to go over our plan of action to get me cancer free. The plan is 2 rounds of ICE chemo regime then PET scan, if i responded good then i will have a stem cell transplant in Boston (3 week hospital stay) then radiation and possibly be in a study for an experimental antibody that targets just the Hodgkin's cells. I will have the 2nd round of ICE next week. the stem cell transplant will be my closest brush with death as i will have no immune system and will be getting regular blood transfusions as i won't be able to produce enough on my own to stay alive. after the 3 weeks +/- i will be at home avoiding large groups of people for 3 months as i will have next to no immune system. And through ALL this all i want to do is ride my Pivot Mach 5 on some sweet New England trails and have fun. once i live through this (hopefully) you damn well better believe i will be back on the pivot as soon as i can! My attitude is Damn the torpedoes and full speed ahead. I am Up Beat and happy to be alive.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Nomad1972 View Post
    I hope that my story isn't an almost died story but.....

    I crashed pretty badly Sunday and went to to the local ER to check out my concussion so they gave me a ct scan.

    I got a call Monday afternoon telling me that they fund a brain tumor attached to my pituitary gland. I have my first appointment the 16th (I am away in India on business till then) and I hope that everything turns out ok but more scared than I ever have been.

    I will be buying that new FS Cannondale that I always wanted and taking that trip to Moab for sure just in case.
    I think you're going to make it out just fine.

    What if that crash was in your destiny in order for the doctors to have detected the brain tumor early? Think of it. If you wouldn't have had that crash you would have never had that brain tumor detected until it was too late.

    Keep riding strong. I will keep you in my prayers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nomad1972 View Post
    I hope that my story isn't an almost died story but.....

    I crashed pretty badly Sunday and went to to the local ER to check out my concussion so they gave me a ct scan.

    I got a call Monday afternoon telling me that they fund a brain tumor attached to my pituitary gland. I have my first appointment the 16th (I am away in India on business till then) and I hope that everything turns out ok but more scared than I ever have been.

    I will be buying that new FS Cannondale that I always wanted and taking that trip to Moab for sure just in case.
    that may well wind up being "the bike crash that saved your life".

    a good number of cancer survivors have similar sorts of stories, where they unknowingly had a tumor that was found because of something entirely unrelated.

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    Mine wasn't bike related, but it certainly gave me a new appreciation for life and busted me out of the nerd shell I was in. Back in high school I was lucky to be selected to get my glider's license via Cadets. We had the front edge of a storm come through the area during my 3rd solo. I ended up taking a 600 lb plane without an engine up against weather so severe that it caused a 737 to abort it's landing at a nearby airport and divert 200 km to the north. I was on tow when the weather hit and had to punch off due to a big loop in the tow rope (gliders and small planes react to sudden nasty weather quite differently).

    Long story short...lots of full deflection on the controls to try to keep the glider sunny-side up, lots of fast moving air that had me alternating between ~ -1 and +2 G's, a lot of flying at the max manoeuvering speed of the glider (flying at the edge of the performance envelope)...I managed to fight my way back to the strip (upwind because the winds had shifted 180 degrees) but I couldn't land into the wind as we usually want to because there were 2 gliders in the landing circuit by the time I got there and I didn't want to end up in a head on situation while trying to land. I had to do a near 180 degree turn from my crosswind leg to final approach. When I landed, I put the wheel (yes, the glider only had 1 wheel) down at one end of the strip with a ground speed >110mph. Full brakes, spoilers, dive brakes and nose skid in the dirt and I still ploughed a trench all the way down to the other end of the runway (we usually only used about 1/3 of it).

    Video games don't prepare you for that, so I figured I had a little help from upstairs...I certainly didn't have the experience I would have needed to do that on my own.
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    That is an amazing attitude and I look forward to seeing you post in the future about riding that Pivot!

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    To all who have posted here, and for those still going through
    their ordeal, my thoughts and prayers go out to you.
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    Amazing thread. Incredible stories about what people can overcome.

    Couple of times for me. I have a condition that leaves me susceptible to respiratory infections. I had pnuemonia a LOT as a kid. When I was five it was really really bad and it was pretty much accepted that I'd die. I remember laying in bed and not even having energy to pick up a toy for what seemed like days. It was total luck that I recovered. To this day I have respiratory problems, but they are much better since I started riding.

    Last October I rode my bike down the block from my house and had a freak accident where I went over the bars and landed on my head, fracturing my skull at the base and a second, much worse fracture around my eye socket. The doc said if I hadn't tried to tuck as I went down and had landed square instead of on the "corner" that I'd likely be dead.

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    Awesome to see others pull through.

    Had cancer at age 17. Got lucky since it did not spread to major organs but it sucked none the less. I stayed positive and happy during the whole ordeal with the help of family. During this time i started playing MMO games like World Of Warcraft becoming a lethargic computer jockey and gained weight...

    Fast forward to age 24 and i am still in remission enjoying life.

    I have discovered biking around a year ago and it is my new passion. It makes me reflect on all the time i wasted gaming.

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    I was in college and was coming back from class.

    There were a few people standing in the bike lane, so I went around them. That required me to cross the trolley track. I got over fine, but coming back into the bike lane my tire got stuck in the tracks and instantly threw me over the bars. I landed on my jaw. Broke my jaw in 2 places, busted 5 teeth, almost broke my hand. I was in the hospital for 3 days and the surgeons gave me a titanium plate and a handful of screws that look totally awesome in X-ray photos. My jaw was wired shut for 2 weeks, and for a total of 5 weeks I was on a strictly liquid diet.

    I probably should have died. Stupidly, I wasn't wearing a helmet. So had I landed any differently my brain would have become hamburger meat. Now I'm one of the biggest advocates for bike helmets ever. I refuse to ride with people who aren't wearing one.

    The first day I could eat potato chips again was one of the best days of my life.

    A year later I bought a new mountain bike. A year after that I bought a new road bike. And now I bike more than ever.

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    At 11 years old, I crashed racing a friend on bikes (no helmet) and spent 2 days in a coma. They say I was close but I don't remember much of it. Then as a 17 year old, I hit a telephone pole with a pickup and grabbed the door handle when exiting the truck without realizing there was a live wire across the hood. And finally at age 31, I was diagnosed with and survived a ugly fight with sarcoma cancer.

    I am lucky and thankful to be alive! I tend to let things go when I become upset more than I use to, I smile more when happy, I tell my people I love them more than I use to and I try to enjoy something about each day (not always successful with that one)

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    Wow, there are some very inspiring stories and experiences on here.

    When I was 17 or 18 I went biking with a friend to the Badlands in North Dakota on a very hot and sunny day in August. We made it out to a prescribed location and turned around to head back to the truck. I had everything programmed into my GPS simply as a precautionary measure. I ran out of water with about nine miles left to go and my friend didn't have too much left either. We kept going and with about five miles to go I was in pretty bad shape and lost my friend and the trail.

    It took me about seven hours to get from that point back to the truck. I ended up collapsing twice during the ordeal and to this day I don't know if I passed out, slept, or what. I just remember thinking that I had to press on so I did. I credit my GPS with getting me out of that situation.

    I made it out to find the sheriff and search and rescue preparing to begin the search party for me. They wanted to send me out in an ambulance but I refused thinking that I would be fine. When my friend saw me he burst into tears. We ended up driving two hours back home and my body could not cool itself nor could I control my heart rate any longer. For hours (until I woke up the next morning) I was breathing heavily and my heart beating uncontrollably.

    I made it home two hours later and upon my parents seeing me, my mom broke into tears. I hadn't seen my physical appearance yet so went to the mirror to see what everyone was upset about. One glance and I understood: I looked like a skeleton. My eyes felt extremely strange and were sunk back into their sockets quite far. I hopped on the scale and had lost 12 lb throughout the ordeal. The next day or so was spent relaxing, re-hydrating, and recovering.

    My dad is a physician and told me just how lucky and blessed I am to have gotten out alive. He told me that I didn't have much more time before certain systems would have started shutting down due to the lack of hydration and electrolytes. People have also told me that when people collapse as I did (twice), they usually don't get back up. I have been called dumb for refusing to take the ambulance out. Had it not been for the GPS and determination to survive, it could have turned out much differently.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JonnyB76 View Post
    I was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma back in Sept 2011 went through 6 months of ABVD chemo to cure me, when i finished we did the PET scan to check if i was cancer free sadly i still had some in my neck and chest. My doc at this point tells my wife that i'm his first patient in 18 years of practice that wasn't cured by the ABVD treatment. wife tells me this, nicely uplifting. Next my doc has me meet with a specialist in Hodgkin's from Dana Farber to go over our plan of action to get me cancer free. The plan is 2 rounds of ICE chemo regime then PET scan, if i responded good then i will have a stem cell transplant in Boston (3 week hospital stay) then radiation and possibly be in a study for an experimental antibody that targets just the Hodgkin's cells. I will have the 2nd round of ICE next week. the stem cell transplant will be my closest brush with death as i will have no immune system and will be getting regular blood transfusions as i won't be able to produce enough on my own to stay alive. after the 3 weeks +/- i will be at home avoiding large groups of people for 3 months as i will have next to no immune system. And through ALL this all i want to do is ride my Pivot Mach 5 on some sweet New England trails and have fun. once i live through this (hopefully) you damn well better believe i will be back on the pivot as soon as i can! My attitude is Damn the torpedoes and full speed ahead. I am Up Beat and happy to be alive.
    Good luck. Sending all my extra good karma, prayers and good thoughts your way.

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    With ya brother. Keep up the positive thoughts. They go a long way.

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    Thanks everyone for the positive Karma and Prayers they are much appreciated!

    I will post updates as i work through this process to get me cancer free.

    Today my hair is falling out like it's going outa style should be intersting after the second round of the ICE i'm guessing I'm gonna me a mexican hairless cat before long....Ewwwwww.

    In the mean time all you out there that can hit the trails Hit one for me
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    I was gonna post up my close encounter with lightening that took a couple of lives in San Diego, but after reading some of your personal stories, I am humbled.

    As others have said, amazing stories. My thoughts too go out to those who are currently in the midst of a personal challenge.

    Peace.

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    Almost died from appendicitis. Also couple of close calls climbing years ago.

    And, no, I don't think that any deities have plans for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JonnyB76 View Post
    Thanks everyone for the positive Karma and Prayers they are much appreciated!

    I will post updates as i work through this process to get me cancer free.

    Today my hair is falling out like it's going outa style should be intersting after the second round of the ICE i'm guessing I'm gonna me a mexican hairless cat before long....Ewwwwww.

    In the mean time all you out there that can hit the trails Hit one for me
    I would like to join the others in wishing you the best in your fight. I am going to ride an extra lap this weekend and send all the mojo I have your way Thoughts and Prayers

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    Quote Originally Posted by JonnyB76 View Post
    Thanks everyone for the positive Karma and Prayers they are much appreciated!

    I will post updates as i work through this process to get me cancer free.

    Today my hair is falling out like it's going outa style should be intersting after the second round of the ICE i'm guessing I'm gonna me a mexican hairless cat before long....Ewwwwww.

    In the mean time all you out there that can hit the trails Hit one for me
    From one cancer survivor to another, hang in there man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JonnyB76 View Post
    Thanks everyone for the positive Karma and Prayers they are much appreciated!

    I will post updates as i work through this process to get me cancer free.

    Today my hair is falling out like it's going outa style should be intersting after the second round of the ICE i'm guessing I'm gonna me a mexican hairless cat before long....Ewwwwww.

    In the mean time all you out there that can hit the trails Hit one for me
    shave that $hit off and own that bald head.

    I started losing hair and I thought it would all be gone...but I'm apparently such a hairy SOB that I still had enough left that I didn't wind up looking like mangy coyote (the chupacabra!) or anything.

    I'll do an extra lap for you, bro.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drj85 View Post
    I guess I'll chime in on this one. 7 or 8 years ago I thought it would be a good idea to try out one of those little tiny whitewater play kayaks (the kind you can barely fit in and have the skirt around in). So I take it out in a lake and paddle around and everything was going great until I flipped. I kept trying to turn myself right side up but as soon as my head would come up i'd gasp for air and then back under I went. Tried that quite a few times. So then I kept reaching for the handle that releases the skirt and couldn't find it. I started blacking out and really thinking that it was going to be my last few secondons alive. Then I reached for the handle one last time and found it. When my head broke thru the surface of the water it was the greatest feeling ever. That was the scariest day of my life. That night the kayak went on ebay, it sold fast and I used the money to buy bike parts
    Had this same thing happen to a friend(the getting stuck upside down) she was on candlewood lake messing around with another friends kayak with the skirt over the opening, problem was that this skirt was extremely tight and she wasnt strong enough to pull it free. she also didnt know how to "combat roll" a kayak, thankfully i was standing on a dock a few hundred feet away and as soon as she tipped i knew she was in big trouble. I am thankfully a very strong swimmer and a large individual so when i reached her i just manhandled the boat back right side up. she later told me she was only half concious when i got to her but was fine by the time i swam/towed her back to shore. it was well worth the broken cell and soaked cigarettes to be able to perpetuate a close friends life.

    my own story of a "i barely survived" is quite probably the lamest story here lol. i was working 3rd shift as a security guard, left as normal in the morning and went home. get home and noone else is there, grab a bagel and go to my room to change and go to sleep. bagel was super dry and when i tried to swallow it just got stuck halfway down. i couldnt keep swallowing or cough it back up, so there i am in my room in just boxers choking to death. i tried not to panic(the threat of drowning/suffocating is absolutely terrifying) i began to self heimlich(sp?) but after a few tries and more than a minute of not breathing at all the edges of my vision began to go black. after 7 or 8 tries i was able to self heimlich the bagel out of my throat and take the sweetest breath of my life. i immediately threw away the bagel out iof spite and went to be exhausted. i know pretty lame...

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    Quote Originally Posted by phirebug View Post
    never really almost died in the way most of you have, but had a lot of close calls and near misses (literally)

    when i was 8 we got T-boned by an 18 wheeler in a dodge colt. i was sleeping with my head against the window on the side that got hit. all i remember is waking up covered in blood, then waking up again in the ER with the dr digging pieces of auto glass out of my scalp. long night.

    in iraq it was a pretty constant threat. folks kept hiding bombs in the street, throwing grenades out of windows, sometimes they would go old-school and just shoot at us. had bullets miss me close enough to feel the puff of air on my cheek. had an IED go off right under the seat of my humvee - it blew out 3 tires, blew off the hood and both mirrors, and peppered the underside with shrapnel. nobody had a scratch on them and we STILL drove it back. definitely said my prayers that night.
    then there were the mortor attacks, which is kind of like a morbid game of keno.



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    Jonny...I may be joining you (though not for quite the same reason) this year. Keep your chin up and keep fighting!

    I do a cancer ride every year following the death of a friend and coworker. This year I'm dangling the razor out there to entice some more donations. I'll keep ya in mind as I roll the FR bike all 215 km of the Ride this year.
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    Lots on inspirational stories in here. Keep fighting the fight.

    Only two stories for me. First one happened back in 03 on my motorcycle when I was doing a rolling burnout at about 50mph and had an electrical short which shut my bike off. This launched me over the bars and did some circus acts in the air for a good 100+ feet. I was knocked out and something told me to get up. I got back up in the middle of the road daze and confused to find my bike now running which was spinning around in circles. Picked it up and road back to my GF at the time who rushed me to the ER.

    First person to come in who I thought was the doctor after the CT scan was actually the priest. That was weird. Then the doctor came in and told me everything was fine. Woo! But, the bad news was the force of the hit when my elbow hit cause my skin to gash open so lots of muscle was ripped and torn which they cut out. This effects my left hand grip to this day and the strength of my arm.

    The second story was in 07 again was on my motorcycle at night doing a wheelie this time and because I had no gauges I did not know I was low on gas. Well, yup, I ran out of gas mid air and this slammed me down again. Luckily, this time I held on for dear life but ran out of road and went down a hill off the highway. After I stopped I could not believe what I saw but a whole bunch of trees that I missed by inches. So whoever or whatever looked after me thank you.
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    Almost died? Does walking away from crashing my Yamaha 1100 Special into a power pole at 100mph+ count? Diabetic comas (2) from highs of 1500 and low of 26? And how about the time my son shot out an arm to keep me from going otb on 2nd Divide where the trail turns from hillside to cliffedge in a half heartbeat?
    Almost forgot when I dropped a transfer case on my hand chopping off my left index finger, went to the ER where the anesthesiologist put me under then left to check on other patients. I promptly asphyxiated my recent lunch and collapsed both lungs.
    Rather die while I'm living than live like I'm dead!
    OH yeah, the time I was looking for dirt to ride in Yosemite, ranger told me to go ahead and use the dirt road above the water treatment tanks. The dirt road was a bust due to a bunch of downed trees so I went back to camp. 20 minutes later a chunk of the rock face fell and crushed a lot more trees and the Happy Island Shop.
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    Some enlightening stories from some brave people here. My respect to you........

    I used to race motorbikes, a Ducati 926 Customer Corsa to be exact. I was upper-midfield filler, rarely higher, fell off quite often but I loved it. Anyway, I was at Snetterton for a two-day meeting in July 1996 (a circuit in Norfolk, England) and by the time I left for home on the Sunday night all was well - I had a 9th and 11th place, hadn't fallen off all week-end and the bike was going off for some new tasty parts to be fitted FOC.

    So I was driving home in the evening Sun when a woman pulled across my path at the last minute to turn right. The police worked out from my skidmarks (the ones on the road!) that I was about 20ft from her doing 60mph when she turned. Big collision, I managed to climb out of the car (still don't know how) and then collapsed on the road not feeling anything.

    Put in a cage, taken to hospital, scans, X-rays and lots of prodding before being told that I'd broken C3 and C4 in my neck. More scans and tests the next day before being warned that I would probably never walk again...... Not a good day for me since I was a professional yachtsman and all my hobbies were based outdoors.

    Just over a day later I was having more tests and complained that my feet had bad pins and needles. This quickly spread up my body and turned to acute pain. I couldn't understand why the doctors were so happy! Anyway, it transpired that all the musles in my back/neck had gone into severe spasm, clamped onto my spinal cord around the broken vertebrae and caused temporary paralysis.

    The upshot was that I spent 4 months in hospital followed by another year of intense physio. I went through periods of medical depression but thankfully because I am stubborn I got through it and was walking within two months of the crash. I bought myself a Marin Muirwoods just before Christmas 1996 and started riding it around the park early next spring. Very gently at first but more and more often and eventually onto proper, technical off-road terrain.

    I never did sail again professionally but I did my first XC race on my Muirwoods (!!!!) at the end of 1999 - I was still no better than midfield filler!!

    Anyway, that's me. Remember to be stubborn and never give up until death is smiling at you - doctors are just as fallible as the rest of us and the human body is not a predictable and perfect medium to be working with!

    Good luck to all on this thread who are fighting illness; your bravery goes beyond............
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    Nothing as drastic as a lot of the stories here, but I've seen, driven, and ridden in car accidents that involved head on collisions with trees.

    The first one was in high school when a buddy wasn't paying attention and sped right through a stop sign and hit the only tree growing on the embankment on the other side of the T intersection.

    A few years ago I fell asleep at the wheel 1/4 mile from my front door. I woke up going downhill of the left shoulder and had just enough time to think "I'm gonna die," then launched off the bank and center punched through a decent sized tree. I got out in a daze and walked home and called my parents, My mom came over and we called to report the accident but they said if nobody was hurt they weren't coming out due to a fatal wreck they were already working, so the next time I saw the truck was in broad daylight when the wrecker pulled it up out of the gulley and I got sick to my stomach and weak at the knees. the only thing I could salvage was the tool box and the hitch cover, I even had to hitch back down just to get that.

    And leaving my house once to go about a mile down the road to the lake, the girl driving was going too fast on the dirt and as soon as I told her to slow down we went over a weird intersection/hump that sent the car into a skid. Luckily everybody in the car turned out alright, although a few did go to the hospital just to be safe.

    One more close call was when I was little my mom was driving and we saw a cop coming up on us from about a mile back at the end of a straight stretch so we sped up to get through the curves so we could pull off and get out of his way, right as we got through the curves a car went flying past in the other direction. After a few minutes the cop never came by which seemed strange but didn't think any more of it so we went on. when we came back through about a half hour later the whole place was swarming with cops and paramedics. and apparently the cop we had seen was on his way to a fight that the other car was leaving from and when he went past us he lost control and went head first into the cop car, killing the driver and sending the officer into the emergency room. There's no way of knowing for sure but if we hadn't sped up it could have been us. That was just one of about five major wrecks/fatalities that I know of on that curve.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phirebug View Post
    then there were the mortor attacks, which is kind of like a morbid game of keno.
    I'll never forget that "screaming/whistling" sound... and the question we all wondered... Where's it gonna land??
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    There are some very inspirational stories in this thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nomad1972 View Post
    I hope that my story isn't an almost died story but.....

    I crashed pretty badly Sunday and went to to the local ER to check out my concussion so they gave me a ct scan.

    I got a call Monday afternoon telling me that they fund a brain tumor attached to my pituitary gland. I have my first appointment the 16th (I am away in India on business till then) and I hope that everything turns out ok but more scared than I ever have been.

    I will be buying that new FS Cannondale that I always wanted and taking that trip to Moab for sure just in case.
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    I was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma back in Sept 2011 went through 6 months of ABVD chemo to cure me, when i finished we did the PET scan to check if i was cancer free sadly i still had some in my neck and chest. My doc at this point tells my wife that i'm his first patient in 18 years of practice that wasn't cured by the ABVD treatment. wife tells me this, nicely uplifting. Next my doc has me meet with a specialist in Hodgkin's from Dana Farber to go over our plan of action to get me cancer free. The plan is 2 rounds of ICE chemo regime then PET scan, if i responded good then i will have a stem cell transplant in Boston (3 week hospital stay) then radiation and possibly be in a study for an experimental antibody that targets just the Hodgkin's cells. I will have the 2nd round of ICE next week. the stem cell transplant will be my closest brush with death as i will have no immune system and will be getting regular blood transfusions as i won't be able to produce enough on my own to stay alive. after the 3 weeks +/- i will be at home avoiding large groups of people for 3 months as i will have next to no immune system. And through ALL this all i want to do is ride my Pivot Mach 5 on some sweet New England trails and have fun. once i live through this (hopefully) you damn well better believe i will be back on the pivot as soon as i can! My attitude is Damn the torpedoes and full speed ahead. I am Up Beat and happy to be alive.
    My wife and I will be praying for you both!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JonnyB76 View Post
    Thanks everyone for the positive Karma and Prayers they are much appreciated!

    I will post updates as i work through this process to get me cancer free.

    Today my hair is falling out like it's going outa style should be intersting after the second round of the ICE i'm guessing I'm gonna me a mexican hairless cat before long....Ewwwwww.

    In the mean time all you out there that can hit the trails Hit one for me
    Good luck and prayers for you my man!!! I shall dedicate a lap or two for you this evening.
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    Pinned to the bottom of a river at Spring flood stage in my yak. The hole cycled just long enough to spit me up for another breath of of air before sucking me back down until I couldn't hold me breath any longer... repeat for 4-5 cycles.

    Anaphylaxis from a hive of Yellowjacket hornets attacking/sting me. They counted over 45 stings.

    Buried in an avy.

    Tied into a belay in a tight chimney during a major rockfall.

    Struck by lightning 3 times.

    Those were the 5+ times I was sure I was going to die, but I don't even need those reminders to keep on living life to the hilt.

    At my age, I'm attending 2-3 funerals/ year for friends/relatives of mine. More than anything, that reminds me I was just "lucky" to stave off "The Reaper" in my past encounters but he's coming at anytime..

    I never take any day for granted. I give my wife a kiss/ tell her I love her everyday before leaving for work/ going to bed at night.

    Even at 58, I'm working on getting my aero tow cert to tack on to my Hang Gliding rating.

    I'm still rolling the same trails I rode ~ 30 yrs ago "On the Front Range", as often a I can, maybe not as fast or aggressive as before, but the passion is still there.

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    This happened in 1971 or 1972 wile I was still in high school.

    It was in the spring, and I was out running. I remember that there was snow on the ground. I decided to stay near the edge of the traffic lane because I didn't want to chance missing my footing on something under the thin layer of white.

    I heard or saw a car coming toward me across the other side of the valley maybe a half mile ahead. I had time for a few more strides before I moved toward the edge of the road. Something made me look up. The car that was so far away seconds before had popped up over the crest of the hill, headed directly for me, and going way over the speed limit.

    I didn't have time to do anything but dive toward the outside of the road. For some reason, I was spinning in circles as I landed in the ditch. It seemed like ages passed while dawned on me that I had been hit on my right leg as I leaped out of the car's path.

    I grabbed my leg, but it just felt numb. I was immediately pretty sure nothing was broken, but I didn't turn down the offer I got from the kind person who stopped and offered me a lift to the local hospital.

    My best guess is the guy who hit me was doing 65-75 mph in a 55 zone. All that I got out of it was tire marks on my right shoe. I'm certain he didn't run over my foot, but just clipped me with his tire as I jumped for my life. I must have laid out nearly horizontal because otherwise his bumper would have shattered my shin and possibly my knee.

    I already was certain it was a good idea to stay out the way of cars, so I'm not sure that I learned anything new from this occasion.

    I also nearly drowned as a toddler, and much later walked into a corner post and fell down into a staircase, and survived several other events. Not very many trips to the ER though. My brother was the daredevil of the family.

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    Onbelaydave, what kind of lightning stikes are you talking about, direct hits, ground splash, feel a shockwave? I was close enough to a strike to feel the shock wave once and it scared the absolute crap out of me. I have no desire to have a closer brush with a strike.

    Walt, that is an incredibly close call. The consequences of even 1 extra second of reaction time would have been dire.

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    I don't think it would have been a life or death situation (Im pretty sure) but it would not have been a good weekend if it wasn't for my helmet and a bit of luck.

    This Saturday (the day before my college graduation) I was out on the trails where I was hitting the same section for some practice going off larger jumps. The area I was on was a downhill area that wasn't too steep but enough to get some good speed going and I was using it to try and see how fast I could complete the section. This particular section has more roots and rocks on the trail than most of the surrounding area combined. There is a small jump at the top and a larger jump at the bottom. On my 4th or 5th run down the route I lifted off the larger jump poorly and when I landed I was not going straight down the trail. That combined with the speed/air I got resulted in me riding off the trail shortly after landing. My handlebars did a full rotation and I was launched off the bike, at this point I was probably moving faster than 20 mph. I didn't even have time to put my hands down and my head slammed into a branch that was on the ground that was about the size of my forearm. The branch split in two and a piece of it went through my cheek. At the hospital the surgeon said that I missed the nerve that helps control my lower lip by less than an inch and that if the piece of wood had not stopped I could have cut through some major veins. Between the potential head injury and all the stuff that could have gone wrong with my face I would say that this was one of the luckiest weekends ever.


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    Well here is my update. I got Good news and Bad news on the Pet/ct scan post ICE treatment. Good news is that the stuff in my chest is gone. Bad news is the stuff in my neck got worse. so now my future rests in the hands of the Expert from Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston who I see this Thursday June 7th. My guess is more salvage Chemo and maybe if i get clean i can finally have the Stem Cell treatment and then Radiation. looks like this season is shot at this rate hopefully i will be good to go for 2013! For those of you that can put two wheels on the dirt Hit some for me! i did squeak in a trail ride at Bear Brook State Park but man did it kick my ass.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JonnyB76 View Post
    Well here is my update. I got Good news and Bad news on the Pet/ct scan post ICE treatment. Good news is that the stuff in my chest is gone. Bad news is the stuff in my neck got worse. so now my future rests in the hands of the Expert from Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston who I see this Thursday June 7th. My guess is more salvage Chemo and maybe if i get clean i can finally have the Stem Cell treatment and then Radiation. looks like this season is shot at this rate hopefully i will be good to go for 2013! For those of you that can put two wheels on the dirt Hit some for me! i did squeak in a trail ride at Bear Brook State Park but man did it kick my ass.
    I'll be thinking about you on my next ride when I try to reclaim a couple of Strava KOM's on my local trails this weekend.

    Dana Farber is pretty good, I hear. I have friends who have been treated there. Good luck with your ongoing treatment.

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    Sending good vibes to you JonnyB76. Remember. Fvck cancer.

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    In 86 I was in college and riding my brand new 10-speed Schwinn to work. I started crossing the street and FSM knows why, but I thought it was a one-way street, so I only looked right, not left. I started pedaling, then got up from the ground. I still don't remember being hit. I managed to only break my collarbone and collect another 40-50 stitches despite being hit by a passenger van going at least 35mph. It was kind of funny, I didn't even realize I was injured when I stood up. I wheeled my bike to the sidewalk then walked over to the van, shocking the heck out of the driver. I even asked him if he was alright, not knowing about the blood dripping down my face.

    And I got a ticket, which I clearly deserved, but sure felt like adding insult to injury at the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JonnyB76 View Post
    Well here is my update. I got Good news and Bad news on the Pet/ct scan post ICE treatment. Good news is that the stuff in my chest is gone. Bad news is the stuff in my neck got worse. so now my future rests in the hands of the Expert from Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston who I see this Thursday June 7th. My guess is more salvage Chemo and maybe if i get clean i can finally have the Stem Cell treatment and then Radiation. looks like this season is shot at this rate hopefully i will be good to go for 2013! For those of you that can put two wheels on the dirt Hit some for me! i did squeak in a trail ride at Bear Brook State Park but man did it kick my ass.
    Best wishes to you.

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    Another Premature Baby here, breech all that good stuff.
    Some of you have been thru true hell.

    Really to many to call, growing up in agriculture and working various construction my entire life there were very few times there were not close calls but I chalk those up to just living. Hell after all lets face it, as posted earlier, many of us simply do not see the car that just missed us ect.

    We should all live each day as fully as possible

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    Head-on Car Accident...

    I was eleven years old. I had an uncle that designed and built class 16 buggies. My dad, brother, and myself were going to Imperial Valley, Ca. to watch him race. We had no idea that a water truck had drifted off the road and tipped over an hour before we reached the grounds. The officials started turning everyone back because of the dust. The road we were on was a wide dirt road, but not wide enough for two cars. My dad was drifting his Plymouth Duster trying to show off when a Ford Ltd met us head-on. Coming around a blind corner we never had any time to react. All three of us were NOT wearing seat belts. I remember watching my blood fill the floor pan before passing out. The cars were literally connected face-to-face, the wrecker couldn't separate them. I woke up in the hospital to the sound of my little brother screaming bloody murder. My heart broke for him. Despite stitches and some head trauma, we were all ok... This story has a weird twist to it, because just the night before, my dad was talking to both my brother and I about what to do if a car accident was eminent... Because the car didn't have seat belts... Go figure.

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    Great thread Nate! Many people here living life to it's fullest.
    Was diagnosed with epilepsy @ 29, although it impacts my life, I've not let it win.
    Feel that life is experience, and believe those who've not enjoyed risk, have truly not lived.

    Being pinned underwater, and re-cycled in a hydraulic - very few things are as scary.
    Far too many motorcycle accidents, learned early by nearly slamming a UPS truck.
    Skiing backcountry, cliff jumping, or setting off sloughs that take out trees leaves an imprint.
    Created a climax slide that buried a ski pal, to safely get to, then find him (alive) was pure terror.

    Weighing risk vs. reward to decide whether you want to play seems fairly simple. When adding another's life it becomes far more complex.
    The largest risk we encounter is driving a car, and yet when people learn of the things I do solo, they cringe.
    My reply is that I wish to die doing what I love, not lying in a hospital, or nursing home.
    Have always done what I felt right, have no regrets, and focus my energy to make things better.

    To all those living life, use it or lose it, and to those going through hard times hang tough - it will make you stronger.
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    In 2004, right after I started riding my motorcycle, I messed up a quick stop and low sided my bike. I slid down Power Blvd in Colorado Springs for about 50 feet with my head riding the curb. I am extremely grateful that I was wearing a good full face helmet - I ended up with a scab on my elbow and my knee and a wrecked helmet and pants. ATTGATT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flyin_W View Post
    Great thread Nate! Many people here living life to it's fullest.
    And to think I got neg repped several times shortly after creating this thread by people who thought I was being selfish. It was never about me. I was simply prompting the discussion. And a lot of folks have shared some truly inspiring stories.

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    To JonnyB76 - Very best wishes for your ongoing treatment; fight it ALL the way, be angry with it and never forget that it CAN be beaten!

    I'll be thinking off you this week-end up in the Yorkshire Dales on some good, honest English trails....
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    Sending good vibes to you JonnyB76. Remember. Fvck cancer.
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    I'm not sure if my story is of one being almost close to dying, but here goes:

    About 2 years ago I went to ride some short singletrack behind my house. I had ridden this trail many times before, so I knew it pretty well. Apparently, some tile-like material was present on the end of the trail which caused my front wheel to wash out and sent me over the bars. Apparently, careening head first into the dirt really leaves you out of breath. Once I stopped, I was in pain and unable to breathe for about a minute.

    I'm not quite sure what could have happened if I was not wearing a helmet, but I'm glad i was wearing one; that thing cracked in three places. Funny thing is, I recall having thought to mysef the day before "I wonder how much this helmet would actually protect me in case of a bad fall?" Lessons of the day: don't ride by yourself and wear a helmet, kids!

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