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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.
    "I've breathed the mtn air, man" Johnny Cash

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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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