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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 **** 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 santé, 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 **** 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 wouldn’t 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 – 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 can’t 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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