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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?

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    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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    Almost died being on meth for 22 non-stop years. When I started, I was a successful Stockbroker who found out dope gave me the edge over my competition. I had enough money to stay high 24/7. But, that soon ran out, as my consumption increased tenfold, as 15 sudden "groupies" appeared before me.

    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Clyde250 View Post
    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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