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    Nothing as drastic as a lot of the stories here, but I've seen, driven, and ridden in car accidents that involved head on collisions with trees.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Was riding in circles around pool. Fell. Bike trapped me under! Dad was there and saved me.

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

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

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

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

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

    Buried in an avy.

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

    Struck by lightning 3 times.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    We should all live each day as fully as possible

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    Head-on Car Accident...

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

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

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

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

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    In 2004, right after I started riding my motorcycle, I messed up a quick stop and low sided my bike. I slid down Power Blvd in Colorado Springs for about 50 feet with my head riding the curb. I am extremely grateful that I was wearing a good full face helmet - I ended up with a scab on my elbow and my knee and a wrecked helmet and pants. ATTGATT.

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

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

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

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

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

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