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    i had a heart attack when i was 19. it was drug related,,... i accidentally smoked pcp, it caused an already defective valve in my heart to fail. the defect was from being premature when i was born. anyways, i was always active, in good shape, and all of a sudden i'm smoking a joint and boom i'm dead? i had a lot of anxiety, panic attacks and all that for a long time, and really, bike riding was one of the first things that really cleared my head. i started snowboarding in the winter, anything to keep moving. so 10 years later, i remember it like it was yesterday, and i still shake my head when i think about it. but yeah.. i like bike riding haha i'm glad i'm still here to do it

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    Well it took awhile but i finally had my stem cell transplant last November!
    To get there i had 3 chemo regimes that didn't work and radiation that worked but the cancer went outside the radiation field so we did one more chemo regime that got me to remission finally.
    all said a year and a month of continuous treatment to kill my freaking cancer
    I'm still in my Avoid Human Beings phase since i have no immune system but i did get to remission!
    I have a CAT scan this Wednesday to see if i am still in remission and to check on my lungs since i am suffering Chemo induced Pneumonitis.
    And am on high doses steroids so i can breath (sorta, still no where near 100% working right).
    it's kinda scary when you are in the hospital and they have to give you transfusions of blood because you bone marrow is dead and cant make any of it's own
    but my Stem Cells kicked in with gusto so now i am actually on the high end of normal on my blood count.
    Gotta love modern medicine.
    Hope everyone is enjoying the winter riding and getting out on the trails!
    I have to resign myself to my trek on the trainer o well
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    I'm on the trainer too man. Glad to hear about your remission. Here's to a positive attitude and some good old fashioned healing. Hope you're back out on the trails soon.

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    My thoughts go out to all of you struggling with illness, it has touched my life often, but thankfully not my body as yet. I take note of your courage and hope I may have the same if it did happen to me.

    I have only ever had the usual motorcycle accidents, luckily never being hospitalised for longer than a few days, and still have all my limbs. I did have a small episode one time that could have been tragic tho. I used to sometimes go into the roof of the venues I put concert productions into to help with the high rigging, and one day I went up to help our rigger in the roof in an arena in Germany somewhere. We were sitting face to face on a 6" beam about 70' up, having a breather after some exertion, and the guy I was with up there suddenly had a fit of some kind and passed out. I watched it happen, and just managed to grab under his arm as he started to slide off the beam. I ended up hanging by my free arm to the beam above me, and hanging onto his dead weight with my other. I was screaming down for someone to come help us, but quickly realised that I didn't have the strength to pull him up, and possibly not my own weight either. That was a sobering moment. I thought we were both going down. Seemed like we were hanging for an age, and I toyed with the idea of letting him go to try and save myself, but could not. Thankfully he came round after a minute or two, and helped himself get back up onto the beam proper. He had no recollection of what had happened, and was a little bemused when I told him I had saved his life! I don't think he believed me... Nowadays, riggers are rigorously made to wear a harness. Very sensible.
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    Old thread, but great read.

    20+ years ago i am surfing the Swami's break in Encinitas with my cousin. Huge day, waves were overhead when we paddled out but had grown to double overhead during the time we were outside.

    We look at each other and realize we really needed to get out of the water. Waited for a lul in the sets and started paddling in. 20+ years ago and i still remember it like it was yesterday. People up on the cliff start screaming, surfers in the line up start screaming, and i look over my shoulder behind us. Biggest wave i have ever personally seen in my life breaks a good 200 feet outside of where the already huge waves were breaking. A wall of foam, not even slightly kidding, 20' tall rolls towards us.

    When it hit me, it held me under for exactly the amount of air i had in my lungs. I actually reached down and hand over hand reeled in my leash to get to my board and was STILL underwater. When it finally let me up for air i had exactly enough time to suck in ONE lung full of fresh air before the next wave hit me.

    This wave too held me down till that point you are about to take in water. When this wave let me up i again had time for one breath before the third wave hit me. Right when i was about to give up, the wave spit me up onto the beach. I look to my left and my cousin is 10 feet away from me with a look on his face that i am sure mirrored mine.

    Life guards were on the beach pulling surfer after surfer out of the soup. Craziest clean up set ive ever seen, we wernt the only ones who got mauled.

    Closest ive come to death. I still surf, and still love huge waves. Being a far better surfer now, i realize what i did wrong (i stayed up by the surface of the water and let the wave claim me, i should have dived as deep as i could to get under the wave) and how little business two rookie teenagers had out in waves that big.

    Gotta keep moving and doing what you love. One can not let what "might" happen scare you away from living life to its fullest. Good on all of you who have done the same in this thread!

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    In late October last year, I was bitten by an Eastern Brown Snake.

    I was alright initially after being bitten, then a few days later, I went downhill. It took me about 8 weeks before I could walk 100m, without damaging leg muscles. I'm back on the bike now and rebuilding my fitness.

    Did I nearly die? I'm not sure but several doctors think that I dodged a bullet. Eastern Brown Snakes have been responsible for a few deaths, since I was bitten.

    There is one thing that I did learn that day. There is no room for a bike in an ambulance.

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    I've been slowly dying since the day I was born.

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    had a very bad roadracing motorcycle accident: serious concussion, broken ribs, collapsed lung, shattered collar bone. First words out of my mouth to the doctor when I came to? "When can I ride?" riding reaffirms life; refusing to get back on the horse, negates it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JonnyB76 View Post
    all said a year and a month of continuous treatment to kill my freaking cancer
    I'm still in my Avoid Human Beings phase since i have no immune system but i did get to remission!
    That is wonderful news. I do not know you more than from the forums but I think that congratulations is definitely in order. My parents are both doctors so I have been exposed to it through their experiences and discussions growing up. I hope to never have to go through such an ordeal; however, my hat is off to you. Best of luck as you recover and proceed through life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbnozpikr View Post
    That is wonderful news. I do not know you more than from the forums but I think that congratulations is definitely in order. My parents are both doctors so I have been exposed to it through their experiences and discussions growing up. I hope to never have to go through such an ordeal; however, my hat is off to you. Best of luck as you recover and proceed through life.
    Thanks!

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    I hit a tree while skiing. I was going recklessly fast in the woods, got knocked off my line by funky snow and went full tilt into the tree. If it wasn't for the quick response of the other skiers in the woods and the patrollers I could have very easily died before getting to the hospital. As it was, I had a chest tube put in with no anesthesia because I was very close to circulatory collapse and traumatic arrest.

    They say that going from compensated shock to decompensated shock brings with it strong emotional changes. Basically, you realize you're about to die. After awakening from being knocked out in the initial impact, I never lost consciousness. I remember vividly what is what like when I started decompensating and it was one of the scariest moments I've lived through. I hope not to repeat it anytime soon.

    But I still ride, and ski. I'm a ski patroller now, hoping to pay forward the good work that was done by the patrollers who helped me.
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    The "I almost died" Thread

    JohnnyB, maybe your stem cells can give mine a stern kick in the a$$. My platelets are still low more than 3yrs after treatment. They are finally starting to increase, but VERY slowly. I might have 1k more every 6mo. I have an appointment next week to check again

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    A couple of early morning trips to the ER when I first got asthma as an adult. The second one, my oxygen saturation was under 80% which the doctor described as the steep part of the decline.

    I ride and Ski a lot in spite of asthma which is thankfully generally under good control. The issue that brought on the asthma and a few other issues still smolders though. So I ride and ski and paddle etc drink wine and eat potato chips - life is short anyway!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NateHawk View Post
    JohnnyB, maybe your stem cells can give mine a stern kick in the a$$. My platelets are still low more than 3yrs after treatment. They are finally starting to increase, but VERY slowly. I might have 1k more every 6mo. I have an appointment next week to check again
    Nate,

    my issues is red blood cells im still a bit anemic.

    Also here is an update: I am back at work full time! Sweet. But i have permanent lung damage from the radiation and chemo. Doh. so my journey back to slaying single track is going to be that much harder, currently my lung function is at 60% of target function, Doh. But i will get there as soon as i can!
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    My motorcycle and I parted ways on a winding country road around xx miles per hour. Good thing I was was wearing leathers, I limped away with a mild ankle fracture after sliding down the road a good 50 yards. The bike faired pretty well and was fixed good as new and my ankle healed just fine, but I still get a little skittish on blind right handers.

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    The "I almost died" Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by JonnyB76 View Post
    Nate,

    my issues is red blood cells im still a bit anemic.

    Also here is an update: I am back at work full time! Sweet. But i have permanent lung damage from the radiation and chemo. Doh. so my journey back to slaying single track is going to be that much harder, currently my lung function is at 60% of target function, Doh. But i will get there as soon as i can!
    Anemic AND 60% lung function? I will tell my stem cells to get yours in gear so your red counts start to recover

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    Re-upping this hoping Jonny is OK.

    I did a colon cancer thing 10 years ago with about 30% chance of survival. One thing that pulled me through was sitting in the chemo room watching them try to put a spike in the arm of a kid about 8 years old. It was obvious that he was early in treatment because he was still pretty fleshy and still not yet wasted by chemo. I decided that moment that I would do the PanMass Challenge and raise money for pediatric cancer research. (This was when Lance was still a hero). I finished treatment two days after my birthday on May 8 and started training for the ride in early August. After about 200 yards on the first time out I was absolutely tapped - 8 months without exercise and a loss of 45 pounds is pretty detrimental to fitness. About 12 weeks later I lined up to ride about 180 miles roadie over two days. It was absolutely clear that I didn't have it but there was no way I was going to bow out. I can't express what it meant to cross the finish line - for me it meant I was really back, that this f**king disease was not going to take me down.

    I mostly ride solo. I find amazing peace in testing myself alone in the woods. Just me and my bike and the limits of what I can ask my body to offer. Its not always satisfying, but is always in the bonus zone. Everything is. In couple months I will do a dirty century which is a goal before 50. Rigid and single. Wish me luck, or at least a minimum of suffering, because I am not going to stop. Thanks.

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    Years back whilst flying Dust Off in the Army the helicopter hiccuped during a landing on a 12k' peak.

    End result minus a few big parts that broke off during the 1000' roll down slope. My guardian angel was watching because all I came out with was a bad whiplash and a sprained wrist. Everyone else came out pretty similar.

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    I think everyone has had a near death experience whether it is been on your bike, car, or doing something you just shouldn't of been doing. My near death experience came from snowboarding about 2 years ago. I ended up with a separated shoulder and a broken scapula but I almost broke my neck. Let's just say I'm not Shawn White.
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    I got hit by a car on the road.. Ironically it was on my MTB and I was on about a 1/4 miles stretch of busy 2 lane that connected two singletracks.

    Luckily he decided to slam on his brakes just in time and I ended up hitting the road harder than the car hit me. When I looked up there was the hood of a lexus about a foot from me. Walked away with a cracked helmet, scratched sunglasses, and some non permanent roadrash. Some fairly permanent scars on my hands (wasn't wearing gloves for that ride).

    Haven't had the guts to bike that stretch of road since, and everytime I drive it, I see the tire tracks in the road and feel the impact of it all over again. All mental. One of the witnesses said and I quote "I thought he was goin' over you dude".

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    Well im pretty new to the forum but most of my deadly injuries were in the military. I was hit by a dirty IED in afganland and shot a few times in a undisclosed location (i was comms nsw so seal stuff) but died 2 for 1 min and still have metal in my back. docs said that i would never do anything "crazy" again like skydive and downhill, 2 months later ha skydiving and gettting a new bike on the 1st of the month. I feel for everyone fighting cancer i would much rather be blown up several times than go through that narly stuff. Keep fighting and stay strong from a navy vet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by socalkrawler View Post
    Well im pretty new to the forum but most of my deadly injuries were in the military. I was hit by a dirty IED in afganland and shot a few times in a undisclosed location (i was comms nsw so seal stuff) but died 2 for 1 min and still have metal in my back. docs said that i would never do anything "crazy" again like skydive and downhill, 2 months later ha skydiving and gettting a new bike on the 1st of the month. I feel for everyone fighting cancer i would much rather be blown up several times than go through that narly stuff. Keep fighting and stay strong from a navy vet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ahelmus View Post
    Re-upping this hoping Jonny is OK.

    I did a colon cancer thing 10 years ago with about 30% chance of survival. One thing that pulled me through was sitting in the chemo room watching them try to put a spike in the arm of a kid about 8 years old. It was obvious that he was early in treatment because he was still pretty fleshy and still not yet wasted by chemo. I decided that moment that I would do the PanMass Challenge and raise money for pediatric cancer research. (This was when Lance was still a hero). I finished treatment two days after my birthday on May 8 and started training for the ride in early August. After about 200 yards on the first time out I was absolutely tapped - 8 months without exercise and a loss of 45 pounds is pretty detrimental to fitness. About 12 weeks later I lined up to ride about 180 miles roadie over two days. It was absolutely clear that I didn't have it but there was no way I was going to bow out. I can't express what it meant to cross the finish line - for me it meant I was really back, that this f**king disease was not going to take me down.

    I mostly ride solo. I find amazing peace in testing myself alone in the woods. Just me and my bike and the limits of what I can ask my body to offer. Its not always satisfying, but is always in the bonus zone. Everything is. In couple months I will do a dirty century which is a goal before 50. Rigid and single. Wish me luck, or at least a minimum of suffering, because I am not going to stop. Thanks.
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    I finally got my doc to sign off on the bike riding so im picking up a trek cobia at the end of the week. Thank you it was a fun job just re adjusting to civi life!

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    Caution;  Merge;  Workers Ahead! Still Kicking but not doing so hot

    Ladies and Gent's I'm still Kicking!

    I get a road ride in on the Pivot around the house once in a blue moon.

    I ended up Relapsing 143 days post Transplant!
    I went on a new Chemo called Revlamid that just shit the bed!
    Now i am signing up for a clinical Trial at Dana Farber in Boston. (has Promise)
    All this is to get me to remission again so i can have a classic bone marrow transplant.

    My sister is a Match so score one for Bradstreet!

    Currently my cancer is in my Right Hip Bones and is bad enough to cause me pain from the tumor in the marrow!
    it's also in the marrow in three of my vertebrae two in the pelvis area and one 2/3 rds up my back.
    as well as my lungs, liver and some lymph nodes scattered about.

    Still fighting like a Mother Fu@ker!!!

    And all i want is a quite life where i can hang in the woods on my Mach 5!

    as always CANCER SUCKS

    Hit some trails for me guys!

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    Good to hear you're still kicking! Hope your clinical trial gets you ready for another transplant.

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    May fate smile on you. Healing vibes enroute.
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    I'll ride some extra for you JonnyB76!

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    January 8, 2014

    January 8, 2014 I had Anaphylaxis from a medication and barely made it to the emergency room before collapsing. I had perhaps another minute of life left in me. My tongue was so swollen it was blocking my breathing. I vaguely remember the struggle they had getting a tube down my throat to save my life. They called my living will administrator and asked "are you ready to make some decisions regarding Steve Wolf's life?". I'm back riding, but not as much as I would like yet. But I'm just grateful to be alive.

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    Holy Crap, WW, we're all grateful you are alive as well. That was just a week and a half ago! I'm guessing you are down to 7 lives left. I'd have to say the solo trail side chain change (am I remembering this correctly?) on an icy day on the AZT north of Grand Canyon has to be one of of your cycling lives close calls.

    En bonne santť, dear friend in cycling, and may your endurance strengthen as you continue to spin down the trail. I suspect you have many, many more miles left on your drive train and we'll leave it at that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JonnyB76 View Post
    Ladies and Gent's I'm still Kicking!

    I get a road ride in on the Pivot around the house once in a blue moon.

    I ended up Relapsing 143 days post Transplant!
    I went on a new Chemo called Revlamid that just shit the bed!
    Now i am signing up for a clinical Trial at Dana Farber in Boston. (has Promise)
    All this is to get me to remission again so i can have a classic bone marrow transplant.

    My sister is a Match so score one for Bradstreet!

    Currently my cancer is in my Right Hip Bones and is bad enough to cause me pain from the tumor in the marrow!
    it's also in the marrow in three of my vertebrae two in the pelvis area and one 2/3 rds up my back.
    as well as my lungs, liver and some lymph nodes scattered about.

    Still fighting like a Mother Fu@ker!!!

    And all i want is a quite life where i can hang in the woods on my Mach 5!

    as always CANCER SUCKS

    Hit some trails for me guys!

    Keep the passion Alive!!!
    My best wishes to you, i was diagnosed with Lukemia (aml) on july 27, 2013 and have been fighting since then. The doc told me i was days from death when i was diagonosed. (way too many blast cells I think). I had a stem cell transplant on Dec 27 (exactly 6 months later) and so far that is taking for me. I am also going to participate in a clincal trail that is supposed to block the cell mutation that is causing the aml. It has been a 6 month nightmare but at least i am in remission now and have about a year more to endure is all goes well. I am day 31 post transplant.

    Keep fighting man, it is definetly easier said than done, but i've found that mountain bikers are a tough bunch to beat. If you ever have questions or just someone to lean on let me know.

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    Too damned hot! A trip report of sorts!

    On Thanksgiving 1975, seven of us jumped in a truck loaded with caving gear and ropes and headed west to check out a cave lead in the northern Chihuahuan Desert. Ten hours later we crossed into Mexico at Ojinaga, drove dusty desert roads and arrived at the cave entrance, as the crow flies ~ 15 mi south of Lajitas.

    A 150 ft rappel led into narrow, canyon-like, going passage interspersed with descending steep chimneys. As always, we mapped the cave as we went.

    This was a normal, northern Mexico cave except for the stench of guano and a cave littered with thousands of desiccated bat corpses (Mormoops megalophylla) crunching underfoot. As the cave opened up into large chambers and passageways, immense guano tailings could be seen cascading down from old roosts 30 ft high up on the cave walls. And it was HOT in there. Really, really hot, but there was also moving air -- always a good sign. Another 60 ft drop was rigged, down to more of the same type of passage; but with the heat increasing in intensity it was stifling, but hey, really not much worse than a blistering Texas afternoon in August, right?

    The cave passage eventually pinched down to a crawl way & down a 10 ft drop; the air flow at this constriction alternately sucked and blew briskly in a 90 second cycle. This constriction marked the entry into a substantially larger (~ 110 ft diameter) and distinctly hotter passage continuing on far beyond the reach of our lights. Who wouldnít want to keep going, even if the temps were becoming scalding? Unusual for us, we stopped mapping and just went exploring. Almost a half mile of booming passage trending gently down ended in a dry sump of dirt and guano. Time to turn around Ė and then we all realized that it was just blistering, incendiary, suffocating, blindingly, brain-boiling hot. The extra effort to walk just slightly up hill turned this into a Death March, survival of the fittest scenario. We all strung out in a line and silently trudged slowly back to the little opening, collapsed there and let the air blow on us, just enough for some slight revival to get back through the crawlspace to relatively cooler air. Later we all agreed that had one of us fallen, no one would have the strength to get back on his/her feet and moving again; assisting a fallen caver would have been out of the question and death from hyperthermia was very, very close.

    A few months later, another group of cavers returned with numerous blocks of ice to finish mapping the cave. While three people (Brunton clinometer, survey target, measuring tape wrangler) were mapping, two people with ice blocks circulated mopping brows, offering ice water, and generally keeping things chill. They determined that cave temps in the lower chamber were 106 degrees and up. Demise of the immense bat colony was likely slow heating of the cave from some geologic event (possibly a nearby igneous intrusion).

    So happy story, we all survived, had great stories to tell, lived our lives and at some point quite a few of us started mountain biking, but did a lot of white water rafting in between.

    I know there are at least a few cavers on this forum. Even though it brought me a near-death experience, I cherish my time as a caver. The mentorship of my fellow cavers taught me to love the intensity of getting to and exploring remote, deep Mexican caves and to be a team player AND totally self reliant. I canít help but feel it has informed my mountain biking in a very positive way.

    Respectfully submitted,

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    Great memory!

    Quote Originally Posted by June Bug View Post
    Holy Crap, WW, we're all grateful you are alive as well. That was just a week and a half ago! I'm guessing you are down to 7 lives left. I'd have to say the solo trail side chain change (am I remembering this correctly?) on an icy day on the AZT north of Grand Canyon has to be one of of your cycling lives close calls.
    Great memory on that Grand Canyon ride. That was nearly two years ago. This time was truly life threatening with perhaps only a minute to spare. It has caused me to rethink my retirement moving plans. I almost felt back to normal on my ride today. About a half hour slower than usual and I kind of fizzled out toward the end of the ride. But I'll take it!

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    Werewolf and June Bug,

    Amazing close calls!
    Werewolf you possess one hell of a drive to be back on the bike!

    And thank you everyone who are sending me positive Karma!
    I have permission to ride my hard tail on my trainer in the basement but i was told jumping jacks aren't recommended.

    The idea i have a tumor in my bone marrow in my hip causing me enough pain that 20mg of Oxycontin starts wearing off at 10hrs vs the 12hrs it's supposed to go is a scares the crap outa me!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JonnyB76 View Post
    And thank you everyone who are sending me positive Karma!
    I have permission to ride my hard tail on my trainer in the basement but i was told jumping jacks aren't recommended.
    The idea i have a tumor in my bone marrow in my hip causing me enough pain that 20mg of Oxycontin starts wearing off at 10hrs vs the 12hrs it's supposed to go is a scares the crap outa me!
    Many best wishes for you to get everything in remission, and get on that trainer as much as you can. F**k Cancer!
    It is a comfort that you have the resources of Dana Farber behind you and a donor match with your sister.

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    Joeduda,

    Thanks!
    I'm sorry you had to deal with leukemia!
    I hope your transplant keeps you in the green!!!
    I will fight like a MutherFu@ker!

    I've had a nutz road and it's far from over but i will ride it on my terms till the very end!

    Keep the wheels rolling everyone!
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    I was 18, and ran a PT test with double pneumonia. I finished the two mile run, and passed out with a temp of 107. I remember waking in the hospital, but I passed that goddamn run. I wasn't doing so hot to say the least.

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    Last day of ski season we were having a party with fellow instructors. Every year we take one of the pads off of a lift tower and sled toboggan style down the mountain. We had 6 people on it and went higher up the hill than ever before (half way up the mountain = about 300' vertical drop). Needless to say, when we hit the flats at the bottom we were flying. People started bailing, as to not hit the rental shop at the bottom of the hill, and the pad started to spin. I was dead center on the thing and could not bail in time. I took a 4x4 post to the femur mid shaft and snapped it clean. The next worse person got away with a lightly sprained ankle.

    After I crashed, the most vivid thing I remember is laying on my back, turned 180 degrees from how i was on contact with my knee half bent up leaning slightly right. I thought my leg felt "like jello" so I grabbed it and flipped it from the right side to the left. Thats when I realized something was seriously wrong.

    Now I have a titanium rod through my bone that will be there forever as a reminder to not be a dumb-ass. If I hit the pole 6 or more inches higher on my body I no doubt would have smashed my pelvis or broken my back beyond repair. As I was in the ambulance biting down on the EMT's pants hem to tolerate the pain he looked down at me and exclaimed how lucky I was...
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    I wish you the best with your journey

    I got hit by a car because I wasn't paying attention to the light changeover at an intersection. I was just barely nudged by it, hitting the front wheel and I face planted

    Knocked out two teeth but I survived, I had to get stiches on my upper lip.

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    1st round of the PD1 drug infused and my bone marrow pain is Gone!!!!!
    HELLS YEAH!!!
    Here's hoping this stuff get's me to Remission!!

    Other brushes with Death .... When i was like 11 i had the back tire of my bmx get hit my a minivan that i cut out in front of .... miraculously it didn't even hurt the bike or throw me off the bike!! (It had Lester Alloy Mags, I LOVED THAT BIKE)
    My guardian angel was beat after that one!

    Keep Rock'n the Close calls and keep the wheels roll'n for me!

    I want me some Fat Bike Goodness in my Future! (gotta hit the Lotto)
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    Quote Originally Posted by JonnyB76 View Post
    1st round of the PD1 drug infused and my bone marrow pain is Gone!!!!!
    HELLS YEAH!!!
    Now THAT's what we're talkin' about! Great, wonderful, excellent news.

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    Good news indeed. My prayers are for your complete remission. I'm on day 54 and still in remission, hoping it continues, the longer i remain in remission the better the chances of no relaspe. Keep fighting.

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    Smile Clinical trial Sh!t the bed

    Now im back to Classic Chemo called bendamustine but the trial did a lot of good! trying like hell to get to remission and a Classic Bone Marrow Transplant. The BMT will be a bear to get through but it's really my only chance of a durable cure!!! BTW i Fu@king Hate Cancer!!!!

    On a positive note i actually gained some lung capacity back Wooo Hoo!!!!

    Gonna dust off the Pivot and go for a spin today as well as pull out my new fishing kayak and do some paddling!!!

    Let's get some new close calls on here and keep ripping some trails for me!!!
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    In no particular order: Almost got shot a few times. (Good reflexes and cover pay off!) Run over by a cadillac and spent a week in ICU. Bad pneumonia and had a hallucinatory race with death to the end of the bed (I won, his robe must have slowed him down!). Sat down with a mug of hot cocoa and paint thinner in front of me and decided against it. (Would that have even worked? What a **** idea!) A few feet from getting run over my a school bus on my motorcycle.

    Most recent, clipped by a car on my road bike. A foot left would have been a really bad day.

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    thats great jonny, i'm day 164 post transplant and still going strong. Hoping the chemo gets you to remission so you can get the transplant and get this behind you. The transplant isnt that bad, it's the gvhd you can get afterwards and the inmune suppression drugs that are problematic. Have they tested your siblings for a match yet?

    Edit, just saw your sister is a match, on to remission keep yours eyes on the prize.

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    The "I almost died" Thread

    When I was 21 I got pinned between a forklift and a steel support Column in the warehouse I worked in. The impact was hard enough to tear my pants and boxers off. I passed out and woke up in the ambulance.
    I ended up only having a bruised pelvis. The doctor said a lesser man ( I was 6'3 275lbs) could've been killed. It's the only time in my life, being a Clyde was an advantage. Lol


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    Quote Originally Posted by BigFitz View Post
    When I was 21 I got pinned between a forklift and a steel support Column in the warehouse I worked in. The impact was hard enough to tear my pants and boxers off. I passed out and woke up in the ambulance.
    I ended up only having a bruised pelvis. The doctor said a lesser man ( I was 6'3 275lbs) could've been killed. It's the only time in my life, being a Clyde was an advantage. Lol


    History is written by those who have hanged heroes.

    Respect for Us Clydes!!! Damn Man that would definetly count as a brush with death! Holy Crap!

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    The "I almost died" Thread

    I got nothing.

    You guys/gals are badass!!!!

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    10 Years ago I had a life-changing accident. One morning, getting ready for work, I slipped and fell down the stairs. As I was rolling down, I tried to stop myself with my right hand. My wrist hit and broke a vase. Got up and looked to see why my wrist was hurting. My hand was half-severed off, all tendons were severed as well as the main arteries. Blood was covering the living room walls and sprayed my wife as she came around the corner wondering why I was cursing. 911 Was called and as I layed down waiting, I was going in and out of consiousness from loss of blood. (They said I lost 2/3 of it.) I could hear my 2 young sons singing me songs to keep me awake. I was sure it was the end, so I told my wife I loved her and everything I wanted to tell her in case I ran out of time.
    With emergency surgery, they were able to reattach my hand and the tendons. Months of rehab helped, but to this day, I have no feeling in my hand and have lost most of the fine motor skills. (Think, picking up change off a tabletop.) Luckily, I learned to adapt and I'm still here.

    I had to go from Rapidfire to Gripshift because my thumb won't bend either. Luckily, I can still ride the $hit out of a bike. ; )

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    Glad to here some on here are continuing fighting hard. I am rooting for you all. There are some that have much bigger fights than I have, such as those fighting cancer, so I feel kind of strange even bringing my story up.

    On Dec. 23, myself and another officer were driving on Dunn Road, while on duty, when we were hit head on by a pickup truck. Other officer (driver) broke leg and toe in multiple places. I suffered several injuries. Here's the ones I can remember right now:


    - shattered left femur (now have a titanium rod in my bone from hip to knee)

    - tore my aorta (this was the big thing, required seven blood transfusions. All the doctors said this one should have killed me)

    - four broken ribs

    - facial fractures (these led to an inability to smell anything which may or may not heal)

    - messed up right shoulder, left foot, and right wrist and thumb (I've been referred to specialists to check these)

    - of course a concussion

    - lung collapsed in the hospital

    - three blood clots in legs (which have since disappeared)

    - nerve damage to my long thoracic and my spinal accessory nerve. This causes me to not be able to have full range of motion in my right arm because and can't use all of my trapezius muscles. My neurologist recently detected nerve activity in this area, so he believes it will grow back.



    These are the major things. I may be forgetting something. Interesting things were it took a half hour to extract me from car, I was in hospital for a month, in the ICU for three weeks, and can't remember about two weeks around accident.

    Aside from all the surgeries in the hospital, I've had a septo-rhinoplasty to fix my messed up septum and crooked nose from the accident. I have surgery on Tuesday to fuse a joint where me toe connects to my foot. Hopefully that will relieve some of the pain I get when walking. And hopefully that will be the last surgery.

    If anyone want to see the wrecked car, go to this link:

    2 officers hospitalized after wreck in St. Louis County | KMOV.com St. Louis

    This story was done right away, and before they knew the extent of the injuries.

    Great news is my doctors believe I will be able to ride a bike again one day. I can ride the stationary bike with no pain, which is great. It is easier to do that than walk for me. I plan on getting a new bike as a reward to myself. Can't wait to get back on the trails.

    Again good job to all of those out there still fighting. A lot of you are facing much more than I am. I am very impressed by you all, and know you will beat all that you face!

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    Two close one's in 52 years....

    Michigan 1980-81 ish; Booted out of my Jeep at an intersection, car ran a flashing red light. I was ejected onto the road, hit back my head on the pavement - no seatbelt on. Pretty severe head injury, near coma for a few days and restrained to a bed, nonsensical behaviors and such. Top neuro doc in the area there said (I'm told) this gets worse before better and can stop at any point on the "v"... just had to wait it out. I was out after a week and had some family/friends keeping tabs on me because mood swings and short term memory are big issues for a recovery period. The stories they tell me are funny but I know the family went through h-ll of sorts and I wear my sealtbelt since that crash.
    I married the girl I was dating in those days so fast-forward to Colorado, 1995 and she gets a scary call about a car crash I was in.

    April '95 Sunday afternoon, I'm delivering some sales related products to a customer (Sunday was a work day in my line of sales), DUI uninsured hits me almost at tee-bone type of direction 55-60 mph est speed, pushes my vehicle into 3 others and I'm trapped inside. Get cut out by FD and jaws etc... sent to ER, displaced femur head, fract pelvis broken ribs, heart contusion, (bruised heart- chest wall impact/trauma)... get the heart calmed down then the bones fixed, hip surgery, walking therapy etc....

    Earlier, a guy at the immediate scene asks what he can do to help, I give him my wife's number and tell him to tell her about the crash and "I'll be fine" let her know where they are taking me.
    According to my wife the guy said the following and repeated it about 3 times...
    YOU SHOULD SEE THE VAN !!
    She was kinda shook up and then at the hosp, could not find me right away and was thinking the worst.

    I really try to be careful and don't want that worry visited upon my family but you can only do so much. I have a pin in my hip and probably don't even have a limp when I walk. Per recovery and exercise, I got right back to bicycling, hiking and skiing as soon as the Dr okay'd it but I started out on a walker and then to a cane.

    Also began to volunteer and teach in the adaptive ski program for sit ski/para skiers and did so for about 5 years.
    Been taking it easy on the bicycle and have thus far, separated my right shoulder and had a ring cut off my finger due to a hand injury. Those were a few years ago,, getting slower every year.

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    Japan - Influenza

    I almost died in Japan a couple of years ago. It was late at night when a terrible fever suddenly hit me. I had over 105 fever. It was the worst pain I have ever experienced (well, second worst pain - the worst pain I have ever experienced was a pinched nerve in my back. no joke. lost continuousness, that is how bad the pain was). Didn't know the number of the ambulance in Japan, plus I was hallucinating and not able to call anyone anyways. I pretty much said sayonara, but then my cats crawled up to me. Then it kinda hit me. I had only one thought on my mind. If I die, my cats will die, too. Nobody would know I am missing for weeks! So for the sake of my cats, I crawled into the kitchen and took a bunch of expired pills. Just whatever I could find in the hope that one of them would reduce the fever. Woke up next morning and the fever was down. Went to the doctor around the corner and he said I had some sort of new influenza or something. Anyways, I am still here. Yeay!
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    16 Years-Old and Sleep Deprived

    In 1987, fell asleep at the wheel at ~09:00 on a two lane road. The road curved left, I went straight, at about 60 mph. My 1982 Reliant Wagon hit a row of couch-sized boulders, launched in the air and hit a house. Got over 300 stitches in my forehead (no airbags back then), and stabbed my arm with the broken stick-shift (that's right - a manual transmission Reliant - I was quite the playa). Neighbor ran over, flopped my forehead skin back down, and tied a shirt around my head.

    Lucky to be here - - lost a ton of blood. Doctor said 2 more minutes alone in the car and I'd be gone. No long-term effects. Very lucky.

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    At 17 I was bouncing around on a 4-wheeler and flipped it on top of myself after basically nose-diving into a depression in the ground that I didn't see early enough. It was a Yamaha Grizzly so it was heavy as sh!t and I couldn't get it off me or out from under it. The cargo rack behind the seat actually bent around my skull and put a nasty gash in the back of my head. Yeah, no helmet. Laid there for probably 45 minutes going in and out of consciousness barely able to breathe, face in a pool of blood until my dad finally found me. The gas dripping out of the carburetor onto my balls was an added bonus. Bunch of stitches on the back of my head and my neck and back have been jacked up ever since. Don't know if I really almost died, but I thought I was going to while I was laying there. Not as brutal or tough as many of the others on this thread. Still, I'm glad to be able to walk and ride and talk about it.

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    At 17 years old I was XC racing my ATV every weekend in the local pro classes as well as doing some amateur MX racing in my spare time.

    I was between race seasons doing some testing on a new suspension setup at a track outside of town. I was having issues with a jump that kept kicking the rear end of the quad up sending me into a nosedive to flat land.... Typical 17 year old response was to hit it faster. 4th gear pinned and I landed pretty much straight up and down on the front wheels into a deep mudhole that I didn't think I'd reach. I hit the handlebars with my chest and then continued over the bars and got tangled up with the quad as it continued tumbling.

    I broke 5 ribs, punctured a lung, had 13 fractures in my lower back, and cut my liver up pretty good. Apparently when the dust settled I flipped my quad back onto its wheels and then passed out because the next thing I remember was a guy on a dirtbike pulling up next to me asking if I was ok.

    My friends loaded my and the quad back on the trailer and rushed me to the hospital where I adamantly refused to let the ER nurses cut my $350 Alpinestar boots off. I was admitted to the trauma unit and promptly had a chest tube punched in (most excruciating pain I've ever felt). I got lucky because a drunk driver had a mid day wreck and the only guy qualified to do the chest tubes was already at the hospital when I got there.

    After they stabilized me and my mom got to the hospital, I was lifeflighted from Stillwater to Tulsa where I stayed for 7-8 days.

    Moral of the story, faster ain't always better. Wear your helmets AND your Roost protectors. The helmet saved my life....

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    Quote Originally Posted by ahelmus View Post
    Re-upping this hoping Jonny is OK.

    I did a colon cancer thing 10 years ago with about 30% chance of survival. One thing that pulled me through was sitting in the chemo room watching them try to put a spike in the arm of a kid about 8 years old. It was obvious that he was early in treatment because he was still pretty fleshy and still not yet wasted by chemo. I decided that moment that I would do the PanMass Challenge and raise money for pediatric cancer research. (This was when Lance was still a hero). I finished treatment two days after my birthday on May 8 and started training for the ride in early August. After about 200 yards on the first time out I was absolutely tapped - 8 months without exercise and a loss of 45 pounds is pretty detrimental to fitness. About 12 weeks later I lined up to ride about 180 miles roadie over two days. It was absolutely clear that I didn't have it but there was no way I was going to bow out. I can't express what it meant to cross the finish line - for me it meant I was really back, that this f**king disease was not going to take me down.

    I mostly ride solo. I find amazing peace in testing myself alone in the woods. Just me and my bike and the limits of what I can ask my body to offer. Its not always satisfying, but is always in the bonus zone. Everything is. In couple months I will do a dirty century which is a goal before 50. Rigid and single. Wish me luck, or at least a minimum of suffering, because I am not going to stop. Thanks.
    Good luck with the dirty century and in general. Good to hear you've kicked cancer's arse.

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    I'm still kicking and i have gotten out for 3 micro rides sub 5 miles ON SINGLE TRACK!!!

    WOO HOO!!

    But i am dead serious i need and O2 Tank and Mask!

    (pulmanary Dr. said get a O2 meter and check just how bad i am while riding and if it's as bad as i think it is he will set me up with a O2 tank and Mask!)

    How's that for Hardcore / Riders Who Inspire!!!!

    If i were a happy healthy MTB guy and a Crazy SOB rolled up on me with a O2 mask on i'd be pretty blown away!

    Current Chemo is working well and we are on the hunt for a classic bone marrow transplant match cause if i hit remission it's now or never for the BMT as i think it would be damn hard to get me back to this point!

    Also been doing Kayak Fishing!!

    and ahelmus .... Hells Yeah !!!! Thank You for checking in on me! I'm rocking and a Rolling for the time being!!

    As always keep the rubber side down and keep ripping the single track for me!

    And let's see some more close calls!!
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    That's great man, they will find a match for you, I have never heard of anyone not getting a match. The registry is HUGE. My brother was a match for my transplant I had back in December. I'm 6 months post transplant and been riding regularly. Praying for remission and a match for you. Keep riding, O2 mask and all!!!!

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    Congratulations on your great progress!

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    Quote Originally Posted by joeduda View Post
    That's great man, they will find a match for you, I have never heard of anyone not getting a match. The registry is HUGE. My brother was a match for my transplant I had back in December. I'm 6 months post transplant and been riding regularly. Praying for remission and a match for you. Keep riding, O2 mask and all!!!!
    I have. Not to be a downer, but it happens. Especially for people who have at least some ancestry from a minority group that is not well represented in the US and on the bone marrow registry.

    Rock on, Johnny. Keep kicking @$$ and taking names, dude.

    I'm on pace to greatly exceed my annual mileage goal this year. It will be by far my highest mileage total since going into remission. I'm also tearing it up on the soccer field. It's not my first season playing since remission, but I feel a LOT better than the first season I played. I was so unsteady that first season...tripping over myself all over the place. Now I'm stable enough that I can start being a bit more physical with my challenges for the ball, and actually winning some of them.

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    You're right, the minority groups, native American, etc. are a bigger challenge than the typical white guy or girl. They told me I had a 1 in 4 in one of my siblings being a match and I got lucky and had that 10/10 match with my brother.

    How long have you been in remission and did you have the stem cell transplant? My balance is still messed up I'm guessing from the chemo. Steep slow climbs are a lot harder for me to stay on track now. I'm hoping that it will improve with time. Congrats on your success with the bike and soccer and your survival.

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    I hit the 5 year mark in April. I didn't have any transplants...just aggressive chemo. My platelets are still pretty jacked. Otherwise things are starting to normalize. Even a lot of the little stuff.

    I noticed that ALL of my allergies went away for a number of years after chemo. They're starting to come back. Not as severe, but they're there.

    My sleep patterns are starting to normalize. It used to be a struggle for me to wake up at 10am, even with multiple alarms. Nowadays, I wake up before 10am on my days off without an alarm. I fall asleep easier. I was fortunate that I never really felt "exhausted" through treatment. Maybe had something to do with being pretty fit beforehand. Body weight and muscle mass/tone are getting back to where I want them.

    The Salsa Bucksaw was announced exactly the day of my 5yr remission anniversary. That, and it being a really f'ing cool bike that fits a lot of the categories I want out of a new bike have convinced me to start saving for one. I will name it Harold, after the brain stem lesion I had as a result of the leukemia crossing the blood/brain barrier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NateHawk View Post
    I hit the 5 year mark in April. I didn't have any transplants...just aggressive chemo. My platelets are still pretty jacked. Otherwise things are starting to normalize. Even a lot of the little stuff.

    I noticed that ALL of my allergies went away for a number of years after chemo. They're starting to come back. Not as severe, but they're there.

    My sleep patterns are starting to normalize. It used to be a struggle for me to wake up at 10am, even with multiple alarms. Nowadays, I wake up before 10am on my days off without an alarm. I fall asleep easier. I was fortunate that I never really felt "exhausted" through treatment. Maybe had something to do with being pretty fit beforehand. Body weight and muscle mass/tone are getting back to where I want them.




















    The Salsa Bucksaw was announced exactly the day of my 5yr remission anniversary. That, and it being a really f'ing cool bike that fits a lot of the categories I want out of a new bike have convinced me to start saving for one. I will name it Harold, after the brain stem lesion I had as a result of the leukemia crossing the blood/brain barrier.

    Harold.....that's classic!

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    Harold was like a bad houseguest, who snoops in your medicine cabinet and doesn't put stuff back where it's supposed to be.

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    5 years, you've got it beat according to my p.a. I had aml with the flt3 mutation so that is what put me in the high risk category and forced me to transplant. I've heard that the platelets can be screwed for years, I was at 192 a week ago, so well within the normal range. I start my immunizations next week, when you get the transplant it is like starting all over again, everything that was there is wiped out.

    Thanks for posting the response it is great to hear the success stories instead of the doom and gloom. And Harold sounds like a damn good name for the new bike!!

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    I had a translocation of chromosomes 8 and 21, which tends to have better outcomes. I guess since I had a lower risk mutation, transplant was discussed as more of a last resort type of option in the event of a relapse.

    I've been hovering between 100k and 110k platelets for years. They're at least larger than normal, which helps keep my clotting times reasonable. I have a larger risk of bleeding in an injury, but not excessively so.

    I think the course of my disease affected the way I responded to treatment. I received induction chemo as I was recovering from kidney and liver failure. That first dose stayed in my system longer, and it was after this dose that I went into remission (along with the smaller intrathecal dose). All the rest of them (8 more over the course of about 9 mo) were to ensure that I STAYED in remission. So far that seems to have worked well for me, in spite of the fact that one of the chemo drugs I received was pulled from the market by the manufacturer after a couple of studies showed patients who received it had worse outcomes.

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    I have had a lot of fun in my life. to many close calls to type them all. But surfing out a big avalanche was one of the more scarier moments. I have also been pinned in a class v rapid above a 15 foot waterfall. still here.


    I do need to say cancer sucks. rip dad, wifey may you stay in remission.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JonnyB76 View Post
    I'm still kicking and i have gotten out for 3 micro rides sub 5 miles ON SINGLE TRACK!!!

    WOO HOO!!

    But i am dead serious i need and O2 Tank and Mask!

    (pulmanary Dr. said get a O2 meter and check just how bad i am while riding and if it's as bad as i think it is he will set me up with a O2 tank and Mask!)

    How's that for Hardcore / Riders Who Inspire!!!!

    If i were a happy healthy MTB guy and a Crazy SOB rolled up on me with a O2 mask on i'd be pretty blown away!

    Current Chemo is working well and we are on the hunt for a classic bone marrow transplant match cause if i hit remission it's now or never for the BMT as i think it would be damn hard to get me back to this point!

    Also been doing Kayak Fishing!!

    and ahelmus .... Hells Yeah !!!! Thank You for checking in on me! I'm rocking and a Rolling for the time being!!

    As always keep the rubber side down and keep ripping the single track for me!

    And let's see some more close calls!!
    Damn what a great inspiring read your story has been through this thread. Keep it up man.

    Keep us posted too!

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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.
    Any update on Nomad? Saw his last post was a few days after this and it got me thinking. Hope you're alright buddy!

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    Good point! Nomad if your out there how are you doing and how's the new full squish bike!
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    After hearing stories like JonnyB76's, I wish a bike company would see it on here and give him a bike or something. They have got to have some spares lying around. They could even do a story about hooking Jonny up on here and get some good publicity.

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    Had several issues.. Crashed roadracing while leading at Tally on the FRZ1000 superbike, back in 89. Lost the front pads out of one of the calipers, so I literally got off the bike on the back straight at 135mph. Destroyed the bike. I got off just a broken collarbone, ankle, ribs, some road rash.

    Accute pancraitus in 02 back when I drank too much. 32 days in the hosptial/ICU.

    1.5yr ago I crashed the track duty 07 GSXR750, and broke my back in 7 places, 2 in the neck, both lungs punctured, every rib on 1 side, most on the other, lacerated kidney and liver, broken right hand, knocked my 6 front teeth out(yes I was wearing full 1 pc leathers, full cov helmet, etc), broken eye socket. Life flight(twice actually flown out over the last 3yrs). That one was 3+ months in ICU/on a ventilator/hospital/Care Partners rehab, bed ridden most of that, and wearing a friggin body brace and halo bolted to my skull. Not fun. I'm training hard the last yr to get back into racing mtbs currently. Almost there. Had have my throat opperated on, since they messed it up doing the trake at the crash site. Too much scar tissue for me to be able to breath right for mtb racing. Its fixed now, for the most part. Lost most of my voice tho, sound very hoarse now.

    Here I am after I was stabilized from the above crash in Oct 2012. They said I was 50/50 on this one.


    I used to roadrace(WERA national champ in 87 in BSB) when I was younger. Heres multi world champ/Daytona winner Scott Russell(#22) and I(#18) dicing at Tally back in the late 80s. I was 2nd that day, of course haha.


    But I crashed in the mtns(I live next door to the Tail of the Dragon). I went off the mtn after hitting this oil from a previous car/bike head on. Here I come thru 20 minutes later. If someone hadn't seen me go off, I'd have died right there from the 2 punctured lungs.


    I'm 53 in this pic, on the 750 playing around on the Dragon. This is the bike I crashed ("sniff sob").


    I got where I could drift it at Will on that road. Not many grandpaws doing this chit. Most are smarter then that. haha




    Then theres the supermoto. Mid 50s age in this pic too. It was the other life flight from a seperate crash/broken vertabra just a yr before in 2011 . Hence why I stopped posting here for a couple yrs.

    I still have it, but I ride more dual sport now.
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    Holy **** Duckman!!!! now mine doesn't seem so bad!

    Update No evidence of Disease!!!!! Time for my Bone Marrow Transplant!!!
    my check in at the hospital is first week in september!!!!

    ROCK!!!!

    Keep the wheels rolling and the rubber side down Guys and Gals and rip some singletrack for me!!!!
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    Good job! Need some Help!!

    Help me to be able to keep riding my pivot mach 5 for a while longer!!!!

    Enlist your friends!!!

    Jon's Bone Marrow Transplant by Jon Bradstreet - GoFundMe
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    I check into the hospital this friday for my BMT!!!

    Keep posting the brushes with death and keep the rubber side down and ripping the single track for me!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JonnyB76 View Post
    I check into the hospital this friday for my BMT!!!

    Keep posting the brushes with death and keep the rubber side down and ripping the single track for me!!!!!
    Sounds like you'll be posting from the hospital quite a bit in coming months. I wish you well on your BMT.

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    congrats on the remission jonny. I'm 8 months post transplant and feel great!! I think I read that your sister was a match, is she your donor or did you have to go to the registry? The conditioning chemo isn't as bad as the induction chemo you would have had when 1st diagnosed but its still a *****. Use the mouthwash they give you to help prevent the mouth sores, and keep eating and walking and you will do fine. The transplant itself is pretty much an non event, it is the same as getting a transfusion.
    I was out in 4 weeks. Keep us posted on your progress, on to a healthy and normal life!!

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    1971, almost froze to death climbing the Grand Teton
    1978, had to eject out of a navy A-4 when my wingman decided he needed to run into me at 350 miles per hour
    2013, diagnosed with malignant choroidal melanoma. This is the cancer to get, I suppose, as it's contained in the eye. That didn't almost kill me, though. I decided to see what it would be like to ride with one eye, so I put one hand over my eye while riding. Turns out, riding with one eye isn't so bad (I didn't lose mine) but riding with one eye AND one hand is deadly. And stupid. The resulting fall was complete carnage.

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    ya know you could have just closed one eye

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    Thanks everyone! I'm making it. It's been rough but not the worst! Keep posting close calls and ripping the sweet single track for me! ProTip keep the rubber side down!
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    haha I broke my lower right arm riding10 days ago. The humanity.

    Still doing almost daily, road hill repeats/rides. Jut riding 1 handed alot. I've had to do worse to ride.
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    I had a gran mal seizure oct 8 2012, l was walking down the hallway at home and landed on my back and aspirated the contents of my stomach into my lungs....I was not breathing and turning blue when my wife came out of the bedroom after hearing the thud of me hitting the floor.... got rushed to the hospital, was in a coma for 4 days and in the hospital for a week.....walked with a walker for the first 2 days and walked with a cane for 6 months.......was a year before I rode my bike... I had a few seizures when I was 17 and 1 in 2010..... they alsways came up with some BS reason I was having them....was on meds from age 17 to age 22 .... they sent me to a neurologist this time and he said I have had epilepsy all my life..... my trigger is stress..... I havent had a steady job since 2010 but am working with voc rehab to get working again
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    Well I really came close during my bmt. Got VOD double organ failure, liver and kidneys. They gave my a drug that reversed it and am good now! Slowly getting back to ride worthy shape. Lost a lot of weight went from 280 to 220. But I'm doing good! Itching for good weather so I can start road riding and rail trail riding!
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    You'll be much quicker after dropping all that weight!

    Glad to hear you are doing ok man. You'll be back on the trails before you know it. Keep fighting the good fight.

    I still think a company should send you a bike and have mtbr do a story on it. It would be good press for the company and you'd get a cool bonus for all that you've been through.

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    Just read through this whole thread and man it's good to hear you're doing well Jonny B. I second the company sending you a bike idea.

    I haven't had any real brushes with death. I was an accident prone child that caused quite a few situations but I was too young to remember most. One of the only things I remember is getting two concussions in two days playing soccer when I was in high school. I ended up spending a month in my bedroom with the lights off and another couple of months not able to do anything other than go to school and come home. Even at school I couldn't read (not doctors orders, just couldn't focus my eyes well enough without falling out of my seat cause I was too dizzy). The doctors told me after recovery that I was lucky to not have any major permanent effects.

    Scariest thing for me though was on a 5 day bike tour with my girlfriend I went up a hill and stopped at the top waiting for her. I looked back and she was walking which wasn't unusual. As she got closer I noticed she was crying. I ran to her to find out that she couldn't breath. I stood there in the middle of the woods and the only thing I could do was get her to look me in the eye, calm down, and focus on slow deep breaths. I finally got her calmed down and breathing but not before her vision started to go. We biked another couple miles and camped about 20 miles short of our goal for the day and headed back the next day. We found out she had asthma after we got back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JonnyB76 View Post
    Well I really came close during my bmt. Got VOD double organ failure, liver and kidneys. They gave my a drug that reversed it and am good now! Slowly getting back to ride worthy shape. Lost a lot of weight went from 280 to 220. But I'm doing good! Itching for good weather so I can start road riding and rail trail riding!
    I'd been wondering about you. Good to hear you pulled through the organ failure. I had some acute liver and kidney failure that was resolved. My kidneys aren't quite the same. Kidney values are still within "normal" parameters, but I pee a LOT more than I used to, and staying hydrated is a little bit more of a concern for me. I have to be a little more diligent about my electrolyte consumption during sweaty rides, too. Speaking of which, I probably ought to stock up for the season. I've tried a bunch of different products, but I am preferring the capsules (Hammer Endurolytes) right now. I stay away from the super high sodium stuff, because sodium isn't a problem for me. I am more concerned with magnesium, and I will get the shakes when my magnesium is low. I also get splitting headaches if my electrolytes are low, but I haven't figured out WHICH one causes that. That's been an issue since college, so unrelated to my kidney failure. I just know that even the low sodium stuff addresses that problem, so I don't worry about sodium content in my electrolytes. Some people get practically religious about sodium content.

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    I've been wondering how you were doing also. Glad you pulled it out ok. You are past the 100 day mark right? No GVHD? Glad you are :edit: (will be) getting back out there and riding, keep at it, you will get stronger and it will take away the normal fatigue that most bmt survivors suffer from. And help with the mental coping of all you have been through.

    Harold are you taking these?

    MG Plus Protein

    They will keep your magnesium level where it ought to be and one good effect I've found is that they eliminate muscle cramping for me.

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    Had a stomach ulcer back in 2006. Lost about 80% of my blood. By the time I got in the ambulance, I was having problems with my breathing. Had I stayed home 30 extra minutes, I'd be gone. God is great!

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    Was doing a mtb ride for ms in 1996. Remember riding into the trail. Then coming home from the hospital 3 or 4 days later. From what we were told I got cut off on a down hill section and went over the bars and landed on my head. Yes I was wearing a helmet. I was unconscious and had the tube shoved down my throat to breathe and Bleeding on the brain. Was taken from the trail by helicopter. The doctors were telling my parents at the time was that it wasn't looking good for me.

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    While suffering from the effects of congestive heart failure(CHF) I was homeless and destitute. The bike actually saved my life. Ask me how I know....
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    I hear ya on the electrolytes! I just use nuun. But it makes a huge difference on a super sweaty ride drinking nuun vs water. Plus nuun is very low calorie. I've been out for a couple 2 mile excursions on the bike ! Man did it feel good to be back on my bike! Keep adding to the brushes with death folks! There are some pretty amazing ones on this thread!
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    Posted a few years ago but fitting for this topic:

    I consider myself a pretty smart guy. I've got some book smarts -- an engineering degree from one of the world's top engineering schools. I've got some real world smarts -- having built a 20+ year business career around leading high performing teams.

    Those thoughts rushed through my head right before I realized that a stupid decision made last Sunday almost cost me my life.

    "I can't believe someone as smart as me is going to die of drowning on a goddam mountain bike ride."

    That's what I said, OUT LOUD, while approaching an ominous set of rapids in what used to be a routine creek crossing on one of my favorite bike trails. I was on my back, floating in that position that whitewater rafting guides tell you to assume if you get tossed from the boat in a rapid. Face up, feet downstream, ready to push off any rocks or debris. My right hand had a tenuous grip on my 3 week old, $4500 Yeti ASR-5 as it floated downstream of me. I had no idea what was downstream but I could hear the roar of rapids and see thick mist coming from the drop ahead of me.

    I couldn't stand up. The stream bed, which was now a Class IV rapid, is solid rock and my Sidi shoes had no hope of gaining traction while the water pushed me down and pulled my bike. It was only waist to chest deep but it was plenty deep enough to prevent me from being able to stand or get to a bank. I was surprisingly calm. I was more shocked at how stupid a decision I had made 10 seconds earlier when I decided to try to ride over the stream that no longer remotely resembled a stream.

    Oh, and I was alone, too.

    Finally, I managed to find a rock big enough to brace against and stopped my approach to what was either a big rapid or a huge log/debris jam on the other side of the drop. With my momentum stopped, I managed to crawl/swim/claw my way to the bank. In waist deep water, I pulled myself and my bike through the mud and thorn bushes as thick as I had ever seen. Panting, soaking wet, and bleeding from dozens of thorn cuts on my legs, I hunched over my bike and told myself that I almost ended up on the evening news, the Darwin Awards, and probably a new internet meme for being, at that moment, the Dumbest Human on the Planet.

    Accepting my new role with gusto, I tossed my bike back in the river, forded across at a slower moving spot, and rode for another 90 minutes.

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    Nice 1 KevinGT as a fellow engineer it's safe to say every once in a while we can be moronic! 😃
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    Dying is about the scariest reality, for a Mountain Biker. In 2004 - we lost fellow biker, who happened to be a veteran 15-year rider, with tons of experience. A simple high-speed front wheel washout sent our friend into a dead Manzanita tree, and underlying bushes. A stray branch gored him through his neck, severing his jugular. Helplessly watch him bleed-out was a humbling experience....
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    Some interesting stories in this thread. As a volunteer firefighter /officer for 40+ years there were a few. I had a roof drop out from under me as I lifted my leg over a parapet at a well involved building fire, at another call I was blown down a half set of steps and out a 2nd floor window to drop to the alley below after a 5 gal gas can exploded on the 3rd floor or falling into the basement at a house fire that was under construction as I walked through the studded unsheet-rocked walls and into the basement opening. I knocked myself out on the other side of the basement step opening. I came to and heard the engine company making the interior attack above me asking where the Chief was. Not dead or near dead but some serious injuries.

    I've also been involved on the other side of it. I've been lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time to help a few individuals out of harm's way in building and dwelling fires. I watched a good friend pass away in front of me as a heroin OD, did CPR, brought him back and then watched as the Narcan was administered and he basically sat up and started fighting us to leave him alone.

    The second part is much more rewarding.

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    Pretty crazy CHIEF500. A big thanks to your years of service!
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    Zachariah that's horrifying! I'm so sorry for your loss!
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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinGT View Post
    Posted a few years ago but fitting for this topic:

    I consider myself a pretty smart guy. I've got some book smarts -- an engineering degree from one of the world's top engineering schools. I've got some real world smarts -- having built a 20+ year business career around leading high performing teams.

    Those thoughts rushed through my head right before I realized that a stupid decision made last Sunday almost cost me my life.

    "I can't believe someone as smart as me is going to die of drowning on a goddam mountain bike ride."

    That's what I said, OUT LOUD, while approaching an ominous set of rapids in what used to be a routine creek crossing on one of my favorite bike trails. I was on my back, floating in that position that whitewater rafting guides tell you to assume if you get tossed from the boat in a rapid. Face up, feet downstream, ready to push off any rocks or debris. My right hand had a tenuous grip on my 3 week old, $4500 Yeti ASR-5 as it floated downstream of me. I had no idea what was downstream but I could hear the roar of rapids and see thick mist coming from the drop ahead of me.

    I couldn't stand up. The stream bed, which was now a Class IV rapid, is solid rock and my Sidi shoes had no hope of gaining traction while the water pushed me down and pulled my bike. It was only waist to chest deep but it was plenty deep enough to prevent me from being able to stand or get to a bank. I was surprisingly calm. I was more shocked at how stupid a decision I had made 10 seconds earlier when I decided to try to ride over the stream that no longer remotely resembled a stream.

    Oh, and I was alone, too.

    Finally, I managed to find a rock big enough to brace against and stopped my approach to what was either a big rapid or a huge log/debris jam on the other side of the drop. With my momentum stopped, I managed to crawl/swim/claw my way to the bank. In waist deep water, I pulled myself and my bike through the mud and thorn bushes as thick as I had ever seen. Panting, soaking wet, and bleeding from dozens of thorn cuts on my legs, I hunched over my bike and told myself that I almost ended up on the evening news, the Darwin Awards, and probably a new internet meme for being, at that moment, the Dumbest Human on the Planet.

    Accepting my new role with gusto, I tossed my bike back in the river, forded across at a slower moving spot, and rode for another 90 minutes.
    So... Was the bike OK?

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    So... Was the bike OK?
    Probably cleaned it off really good for him.

    Glad you're still with us! Smart or not sometimes it just takes one bad call.

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