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    The "I almost died" Thread

    A recent post got me thinking, how many folks here have nearly died and still ride (or started riding afterwards)?

    My story is linked in my sig, but the short of it is that leukemia spread to my brain and severe swelling nearly ruptured my brain stem out of my skull. I rode beforehand and I was able to climb on the bike outside a year after my diagnosis. It took another year to fully regain my balance and fitness. My only limitation is a reduced platelet count that isn't an issue for small cuts andscrapes but could be a problem in a severe injury, so I have to measure risks more than most.

    So what about everyone else? I'm not talking about times when you were scared of dying. We have all had those. I mean times you were seriously close due to illness or injury. How did it happen? Were you on the bike? Did you have to work to resume riding or did you start after your recovery?

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    This explains your pic and fascination with "Braaaaaiiiiinnnnsssss"... You are in fact almost a zombie!! :-)

    All kidding aside, glad you're still with us and kicking butt on a bike!
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    Was pronounced dead during a low blood sugar. EMT meter
    couldn't pick any reading on me. I still believe God has a purpose for
    me, just haven't figured it out yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Loudviking View Post
    Was pronounced dead during a low blood sugar. EMT meter
    couldn't pick any reading on me. I still believe God has a purpose for
    me, just haven't figured it out yet.
    Guess I should have asked if anyone actually died yet.

    "I got better."

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    2 times for me.
    The second time it looked like I certainly wasn't going to make it so I said goodbye to everyone and was ready die a few minutes after the farewell.
    ER ended up with a phone call from a doctor at another hospital who suggested a different last ditch effort. I remain warm and pink to the present day.
    After all that excitement I was told I'd be stupid to ride a mtb again. I was told I was lucky to be alive so I should modify my behavior in order to eliminate as much risk as possible from my life.
    Basically I received a death sentence with an unknown stay of execution.
    So, instead of modifying my behavior and living scared and attempting to postpone the inevitable by not "living", I took the opposite approach.
    I ride A LOT.
    I make sure to have the ride of a lifetime several times a season.
    I take the MTB trip of a lifetime several times a year.

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    i almost died when i was born, needed blood transfusion and a bunch of drugs. the drugs made me hard of hearing but im alive! not quite related but they did say id never walk or talk....and ive been playing sports all my life (and walk normal)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Loudviking View Post
    Was pronounced dead during a low blood sugar. EMT meter
    couldn't pick any reading on me. I still believe God has a purpose for
    me, just haven't figured it out yet.

    You just figured it out and did it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norman Clydesdale View Post
    2 times for me.
    The second time it looked like I certainly wasn't going to make it so I said goodbye to everyone and was ready die a few minutes after the farewell.
    ER ended up with a phone call from a doctor at another hospital who suggested a different last ditch effort. I remain warm and pink to the present day.
    After all that excitement I was told I'd be stupid to ride a mtb again. I was told I was lucky to be alive so I should modify my behavior in order to eliminate as much risk as possible from my life.
    Basically I received a death sentence with an unknown stay of execution.
    So, instead of modifying my behavior and living scared and attempting to postpone the inevitable by not "living", I took the opposite approach.
    I ride A LOT.
    I make sure to have the ride of a lifetime several times a season.
    I take the MTB trip of a lifetime several times a year.
    So yours was actually a bike accident? You have to give some details on what happened, lol. Downhilling?

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    Last August I piled up my motorcycle at >130mph. I almost died at the scene, due to an artery that was hanging out of my arm. I tore my left foot about 80% off. They said it was a miracle that I survived the wreck. Then 2 days later in the hospital, after surgery, they gave me too many IV painkillers. I woke up in the middle of the night, thinking I was having a seizure. Machines beeping, doctors yelling at each other, oxygen mask on. Doc says "we about lost ya there son". Apparently the painkillers stopped my breathing and a nurse, who was bored during her shift, came to ask me some questions and discovered me unresponsive. My o2 sat was 4% when she found me. If she hadn't come seen me I'd be dead. I too believe the man upstairs has a plan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by picassomoon View Post
    So yours was actually a bike accident? You have to give some details on what happened, lol. Downhilling?
    Not a bike accident, just an obscure disease that acts up and tries to kill me from time to time.
    Wear and tear on the heart and lungs and a lifetime of anticoagulant medication is how I roll now.
    Oddly enough, the additional risk of riding on anticoagulant meds and the realization that my ability to process oxygen and pump it throughout my body is no longer a guarantee has had a severe impact on my riding.
    I've had to alter my lifestyle since the diagnosis.................
    I downhill 40+ days at the bike park during the summer, spend about 20+ days in Moab each year, and typically hit a few dozen other "destination" riding spots each season.
    I've been so traumatized by the ordeal that it's all I can do to ride 4-5 days a week to keep a smile on my face.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Norman Clydesdale View Post
    Clock is ticking.
    Use it before you lose it.
    truer words were never spoken.

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    2 1/2 times for me.

    My Mom was having a really difficult time getting me out at birth. Turns out my ambilicle cord was wrapped around my neck so they did an emergency C-section. I was Dodger Blue colored at birth.

    The "1/2" time was when my temp hit 106 degrees as a toddler and I convulsed intensely. My parents held me under a cold shower and my temp dropped but I was horribly weakened by that and it took a while for me to recover.

    The last time was almost 6 months ago when I fell off a narrow section of single track that had extreme exposure. I am still trying to heal up from that but I have neck issues, rib issues and worst of all, knee issues, In fact I am going back to the Orthopedic Surgeon tomorrow morning regarding my lingering knee issues...

    Let's hope it's a simple fix....Wish me luck!

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    Good idea for a thread. I actually almost went off a cliff a few days ago. I was riding downhill on a narrow singletrack trail that was on the edge of a cliff. For some reason there was a long metal pipe (about 35 feet long) laid down on the trail and it was protruding out the surface a little. As i was going down a big pothole was coming up so I had to immediately switch lines, and it involved crossing through the long metal pipe.

    Well my front tire crossed over the pipe with ease, however my rear tire couldn't make it over for some reason, and since the ground was damp (since it was raining a little bit) my rear tire got caught on the edge of the pipe and slid violently to a point where it almost ejected me off the cliff.

    I don't how I did, but I saved it with a last second handling maneuver. I was so close to going off the cliff. My rear tire did end up getting a sidewall tear though, and I had to walk the rest of the way, but I was so f***ing grateful to God for not going off the cliff.

    Too be honest now that I think of it, I feel proud of myself for having good handling skills. Not many people would have been able to maneuver the bike like I did in those couple seconds of near disaster.

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    2 of the worst
    1) I was born dead-no pulse, the umbilical cord was wrapped around my neck 3 times
    2) while commuting to my tree stand I was hit by a truck while on my four wheeler on the shoulder of a road, was pushed off a 30ft cliff/drop/ditch and the quad landed on me at least once (the rear rack was dented perfectly in the shape of my back). I woke up and crawled to the road with 3 shattered ribs, a deflated lung and infracted(sp?) kidney.

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    A couple of times.

    I needed brain surgery after I was born. Had bleeding in the brain due to a small stroke and had emergency surgery to relieve the pressure. Doc told my mom I wouldn't make it through the night or if I did would be retarded or a vegetable. Gave me epilepsy and loss of peripheral vision on the right side of both eyes. You really need peripheral vision with mountain biking as I've discovered. I'm good for driving and riding a road bike, but it's pretty shaky on a mountain bike trail.

    Had my first gran mal seizure while pregnant with my 2nd child. How I managed to fall straight back into the bathroom and miss the sink and toilet is beyond me. Should have cracked my head open. That's 3 weeks of my life I don't really remember.

    Turns out I've had epilepsy all my life after talking to the neurologist. The"odd" sensations that happened several times a day ever since I can remember actually were seizures. How I drove a car from the age of 17-21 without a car crash is another mystery as I'd lose 3-5 minutes of partial consciousness every time. I wasn't diagnosed with epilepsy until 21 with that gran mal seizure.

    Crashed on my bike a little over a week ago and ended up with a killer concussion. CT scan found some bleeding in the brain and kept me overnight. Thankfully a CT scan the next day cleared everything up and they sent me home. I had horrible visions of needing the exact surgery I had as an infant all night and then end up retarded to some degree afterwards. ER doc was amazed that I made through the crash w/o tons of scrapes, bruises and still had my teeth intact. She said my helmet saved me from cracking my head open or fracturing my skull.

    I figure God's not ready for me yet but I wish he'd leave my brain out of the equation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by foo bar baz View Post
    BTW, god has nothing to do w/ you being alive, you're just lucky.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Loudviking View Post
    I still believe God has a purpose for
    me, just haven't figured it out yet.
    Any more ppl who haven't figured out any purpose?

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    Quote Originally Posted by foo bar baz View Post
    BTW, god has nothing to do w/ you being alive, you're just lucky.
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA- THIS GUY SAID THE SAME THING

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    I came much closer than I like last summer to either death or a severe lifelong cognitive impairment. I was riding the Oregon coast (touring bikes) with my girlfriend and two friends. An RVer tried to pass me in a narrow section of road and miss judged my speed. The result was a traumatic brain injury, broken collarbone, loss of a great deal of skin, a terrified girlfriend, friends and family, and a severely smashed helmet (that saved my life).

    Somehow, I miraculously recovered with little lasting effects. After this accident I cannot stress enough the importance of wearing a helmet anytime you bike. If I didnt have one, I would be dead for sure.

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    Wow, dude! Props for sticking to it and recovering! Feels good to be alive, eh?

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    As I plod toward senility, I find my self remembering the lucky twists of fate that could just as easily have twisted the other way. Last week, out of the blue, I remembered being 14 and playing driveway football with a couple of friends. I was about to make a catch at the end of the driveway when the guy covering me yelled and grabbed me. I was actually a few feet into the street, and a car was screeching to a stop in front of me. My belt buckle scratched the car as it slid by.

    We all have had these moments, whether we know it or not.
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    never really almost died in the way most of you have, but had a lot of close calls and near misses (literally)

    when i was 8 we got T-boned by an 18 wheeler in a dodge colt. i was sleeping with my head against the window on the side that got hit. all i remember is waking up covered in blood, then waking up again in the ER with the dr digging pieces of auto glass out of my scalp. long night.

    in iraq it was a pretty constant threat. folks kept hiding bombs in the street, throwing grenades out of windows, sometimes they would go old-school and just shoot at us. had bullets miss me close enough to feel the puff of air on my cheek. had an IED go off right under the seat of my humvee - it blew out 3 tires, blew off the hood and both mirrors, and peppered the underside with shrapnel. nobody had a scratch on them and we STILL drove it back. definitely said my prayers that night.
    then there were the mortor attacks, which is kind of like a morbid game of keno.

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    my Haste almost took me out...

    A chic clipped my rear end going thru a traffic light, totalled car, insurance company told me i could get some parts off the car. I went to the lot,only a few mins before they closed, the day before my car was to be hauled off.

    I grabbed the spare tire jack and lifted the car up. slid under the car, hands over my head reaching for an o2 sensor when i looked up...."self...did that just move?" and about a second later i had a car sitting on top of me.

    My mom and buddy were the only ones there, we were way in the back and everyone was almost gone becasue they closed in 5 mins. For some odd reason i stayed calm as can be and asked them to pick up on the feneder so i could breathe, they did this once, but as i let air out the car came down a little further on my chest. it was sitting directly on the middle of my chest. i could hear my mom panicing BAD (i mean her 24 year old sun is about to die in front of her and i think she knew it) my buddy was frantically tryin to get the jack back under the car but i just told him to pull up on the fender so i could breathe.....well this is going on for around 20 seconds, im starting to have "smoke" in my vision. it was like i had haze or smoke coming over my vision, i could still see fine it was just as if i was looking through a smoke screen.

    About that time, i kindda started to go out, had this imense pain starting in my chest and my eyes were getting really cloudy, i was kindda giving up hope. out of nowhere i hear a car door slam and i have this sudden rush of life back when this random big guy in a full suit runs over and pulls up on the car with my friend, mom and him. i came out from under the car and said thanks to this guy "you just saved my life i didnt have much more time under there." He just stood there, looked at me, Smiled and got back in his car without uttering the first word and drove off.

    Trama Dr's said i shoulda died. when i told them about the weird "smoke" in my eyes, 2 broken blood vesels around my eye's; that should have been enough pressure to rupture my heart valves. they said the pain i was feeling in my chest were my heart valves being stressed and shoulda cut lose. two brooken ribs and bruised both my lungs...but i was fine....Bottom line that guy in suit and tie saved my life, big man upstairs wasnt done with me yet.
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    Interesting question. Been spit off a few dirt and road bikes, broken bones, narrowed disks, had menengitis, thats a good way to get 2 weeks off for R & R. But never really pondered it until my son rode over the edge at Salmon falls. He went down about 20 feet and tangled in a tree. Worst scare I have ever had seeing those tracks go over that edge. If he hadn't tangled in that tree it would have been rocks another 10 feet below. He was good and beat up, broken helmet, glasses, and a chunk of ear missing but over all in good shape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by foo bar baz View Post
    BTW, god has nothing to do w/ you being alive, you're just lucky.
    OK, I am far from a religious person. Few things piss me off more than evangelical freaks. But one of those things is people who can't let other people believe what they want. Negative rep your way, and I signed it so there's no confusion where it came from. And made this public. Don't be a troll man. Doesn't hurt you if people want to believe what they want to believe.


    Aside from that... amazing stories guys. Glad you're all still alive and kicking. Hopefully those of you still recovering can get to a point you are satisfied with.

    As for my story.. wife and I were driving to Nashville, TN to see our new born nephew. Pitch black still at 5 am, 10 below zero in OKC at the time. Dude ran a red light and hit our car going 50 mph. Struck my front quarter panel. Wife broke her sternum and some ribs, and I still have lingering neck and back issues from it (2.5 years ago). BUT, had he hit a milisecond later, it would have been my door. Judging by the fact that the entire front of our car was "wiped" off, I can't imagine what it and I would look like had it hit my door.

    Even as it was, people couldn't believe Jennifer and I were able to crawl out of the car. I got out and after making sure Jennifer was OK, I ran over to see if the other guy was OK. He got out denying responsibility immediately. That was literally his answer to me asking if he was ok. Friggin jerk wad.

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    I got out and after making sure Jennifer was OK, I ran over to see if the other guy was OK. He got out denying responsibility immediately.
    I guess you could that was his near death experience - he's lucky you didn't kill him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by foo bar baz View Post
    BTW, god has nothing to do w/ you being alive, you're just lucky.
    I find you're post so offensive I signed on just to give you negative rep. This isn't a debate about religion. It's people sharing their nearth-death stories and rejoicing in still being alive.

    I sort of have one, thought not as intense as many of these. My then fiance's uncle took me to watch a race in Kansas City, while my wife and I were still living in Lawrence. The race was interrupted because of severe storms approaching, with lots of lightning, rain, and tornado producing capabilities. My uncle dropped me off at my care and asked if I was going to be alright and I told him yes. His way home was far ahead of the storm, so he had no worries.

    I got to my car and was about to head out, when my fiance called me. She said to stay where I was because they storm was close to Lawrence and was very bad. I grumbled but agreed. I was just hanging up when the sirens in my area were going off. Sadly, the closest building with a shelter wouldn't let me in, as they had already locked their doors. I didn't know of any other shelters, so I went to another building (it was a large shopping plaza), and they took me to an interior room.

    On my way home, I came across some serious wreakage on the highway. About 5 miles east of Lawrence, a tornado had touched down, ripped apart a barn, and sent the tin roof and a bunch of timberskipping across the highway. It'd also overturned a semi. I did the math, and had I left when I was going to, I would have been at that location about the time it hit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gasp4Air View Post
    I guess you could that was his near death experience - he's lucky you didn't kill him.
    HAHA Would be lying if I said violent thoughts didn't cross my mind... but it was 10 below zero, so once I saw he was OK I ran back to our car to get my wife a blanket.

    I will say that of this entire ordeal, the scariest thing in my entire life happened immediately after the wreck. I was screaming to ask Jennifer if she was OK and she couldn't respond because of her ribs and she had the wind knocked out of her. Airbags knocked my glasses off and I can't see for crap.

    I seriously vividly remember my heart skipping a beat for a 5-6 seconds she couldn't respond until she reached over and put her hand on mine. Get freaking choked up just thinking about that.

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    WOW!!! What a great thread, thanks all for sharing!

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    I guess I'll chime in on this one. 7 or 8 years ago I thought it would be a good idea to try out one of those little tiny whitewater play kayaks (the kind you can barely fit in and have the skirt around in). So I take it out in a lake and paddle around and everything was going great until I flipped. I kept trying to turn myself right side up but as soon as my head would come up i'd gasp for air and then back under I went. Tried that quite a few times. So then I kept reaching for the handle that releases the skirt and couldn't find it. I started blacking out and really thinking that it was going to be my last few secondons alive. Then I reached for the handle one last time and found it. When my head broke thru the surface of the water it was the greatest feeling ever. That was the scariest day of my life. That night the kayak went on ebay, it sold fast and I used the money to buy bike parts

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    I was driving and crossing a rural highway. I stopped at a stop sign near the crest of a steep hill. I looked both ways and pulled out into traffic and got T-boned by a dad in a minivan going 75 because his daughter was late to soccer practice. He came flying over the hill in between the time I had looked and when I was crossing the highway.

    I was driving a 99 GMC Jimmy and got hit right in the driver side door/B column. Had the slow motion vision then hit my head fairly hard, no major damage, just a nasty cut on my knee and a bump on the head.

    EMTs/Cops/Doctors had no idea how I walked away from it, but I did. I feel really lucky

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    Quote Originally Posted by pointerDixie214 View Post
    HAHA Would be lying if I said violent thoughts didn't cross my mind... but it was 10 below zero, so once I saw he was OK I ran back to our car to get my wife a blanket.

    I will say that of this entire ordeal, the scariest thing in my entire life happened immediately after the wreck. I was screaming to ask Jennifer if she was OK and she couldn't respond because of her ribs and she had the wind knocked out of her. Airbags knocked my glasses off and I can't see for crap.

    I seriously vividly remember my heart skipping a beat for a 5-6 seconds she couldn't respond until she reached over and put her hand on mine. Get freaking choked up just thinking about that.
    wow man....i can picture that....glad you guys came out okay!
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    wow- glad you're all still with us. time to give my wife and 5-year old son extra hugs tonight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by drj85 View Post
    I guess I'll chime in on this one. 7 or 8 years ago I thought it would be a good idea to try out one of those little tiny whitewater play kayaks (the kind you can barely fit in and have the skirt around in). So I take it out in a lake and paddle around and everything was going great until I flipped. I kept trying to turn myself right side up but as soon as my head would come up i'd gasp for air and then back under I went. Tried that quite a few times. So then I kept reaching for the handle that releases the skirt and couldn't find it. I started blacking out and really thinking that it was going to be my last few secondons alive. Then I reached for the handle one last time and found it. When my head broke thru the surface of the water it was the greatest feeling ever. That was the scariest day of my life. That night the kayak went on ebay, it sold fast and I used the money to buy bike parts
    OMG, i can't believe i forgot that one. I had almost the exact same experience on the ohio river when it was in full flood last march. (i know...stupid...it gets worse from there) i was wearing jeans and a t-shirt and the water was 40 degrees. (i KNOW...stupid...it still gets worse) found a partially submerged tree with twin trunks sticking up (like a big Y) and decided, not knowing any better, that it would be a great place to stop and rest my kayak and take a break from fighting the current. there was a log that had floated down and gotten stuck against the two trunks sticking out, almost like a little bench. FWOOP! the water rushing under the horizontal log created a vortex that spun my kayak around. i tried to brace but my paddle got caught in the branches. ended up upside down in the VERY cold water, unable to roll up. did a wet exit and kicked free and the current sucked me into the submerged roots of the tree. got stuck there for a good bit, upside down and freezing. in all honesty, i was probably only under for 10 or 15 seconds but it felt like HOURS. I very clearly remember the sound of water rushing past my ears and thinking, "what a stupid way to die". i was finally able to re-orient myself and kick my way back to the surface. my whole contingency plan for not having the appropriate cold water gear was to simply land the boat on shore and put on dry clothes. The problem was that the "banks" were totally submerged. The water was clear up to the flood wall. at the very edge of the water, i still couldn't touch the bottom, and was facing a 6' completely vertical wall of slick mud. Hadn't planned on that one. swam furriously with the boat downstream looking for a place shallow enough that i could land and drag it far enough ashore that it wouldn't float away. my hands and feet were numb and creeping quickly up to my knees and elbows by then. I had already made a concious decision at that point to swim for three more minutes and then abandon the boat because i was afraid i would soon be unable to haul myself out of the water if i did find a landing spot. i had a minute left when i found a place to land. the water was cold but the sun was out and it was a warm(ish) day, so i just stripped off the cold (cotton!) clothes and sat there butt naked in the sun. (you lose heat 27 times faster in the water as you do in the air...even if it's below 0 and you fall through the ice, you are better off naked than in wet clothes...and nobody was around anyhow.)

    a month later my mom bought me a wetsuit for my birthday. i guess she was trying to tell me something

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    had a serious "get off" on my ktm racing a national enduro in 09. ended up with an open book pelvic fracture and destroyed the muscles in my lower abs,which had to be surgically reconstructed,and my hips and groin.was told before i was loaded in the medivac helicopter that my chances were 30%to 50% of surviving because of internal bleeding. spent the next 2 yrs or so recovering from my injuries. im grateful to GOD for giving me a second chance at life and i cherish the time i get to spend with my wife and children.

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    When I was a kid I was eating some chicken with my mother. I was eating too fast and some how lodged a big piece of chicken in my throat and started choking. Suddenly I could not breath. I recall my mother looking at me like I was joking while I struggled for breath. But I couldn't breath. My face must have turned blue as my mother realized I wasn't going to be able to swallow the chicken. Suddenly my mother stuck her finger down my throat and dislodged I big chunk of nasty looking chicken and flem. The chunk of chicken which emerged was very gross but suddenly I could breath again. I remember the experience was shear terror while I could not breath which was followed by embarrassment. Then I started eating again. It was just like Butthead.
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    I had a form of benign childhood epilepsy from about ages 3-12. Pretty much just wigged out in front of my parents one night as I was walking into their room to say goodnight. I have brief recollections of the ER that night and all the testing I had to undergo out of state the next few weeks. Until the testing was complete, my parents didn't know if I would ever be able to do things like drive a car or live without wearing a helmet all the time. Took medication for it every day for the next decade and had plenty of other seizures, though none as serious as the first. Didn't seem like a huge deal then since I was so young but looking back I can't imagine what my parents were going through that first night and the following weeks.

    Also, in high school was driving my parent's trailblazer with my dad to go skiing. Doing about 55 down a highway and went to pass a semi and hit a patch of black ice. The car immediately did a 45 degree to the right. Nothing I could do but watch the ditch/berm on the side of the road get closer. Rolled 4 or 5 times. Apparently I got knocked out because my dad said he yelled my name a few times after it was all done and I didn't answer at first. Somehow we landed upright and I was able to crawl out the back. I came out with cuts and bruises but he had shattered his femur. Worst day of my life listening to him laying next to me in the ambulance and screaming all the way to the rural hospital. We're all good now of course. I'm about to get my first MTB ride of the year in and he just got back from a Harley trip to Moab!

    Great thread to force us to look back at how lucky we are and to enjoy every day, every ride, every smile...

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    some amazing experiences being described here. so awesome that everyone is still around to tell these stories that illustrate how fleeting life can be, and to provide firsthand accounts of the way NOT to do it.

    Great thread to force us to look back at how lucky we are and to enjoy every day, every ride, every smile...
    I am glad someone gets it. what sad lives some people must lead that they must try to turn this into a religious argument or neg rep me for starting this thread. this thread is about everyone who has contributed and their passion for life.

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    Mine is more of a "I could have died" story but it's kind of ironic. My wife and I used to be volunteer counselers for our church youth group. We got to know quite a few of the high school kids in the group and one of the girls needed an adult to supervise them at a local police station where they were doing a MADD event. Flyers had been posted at local high school and colleges where they could call if they were too drunk to drive and someone would pick them up and drive them home,

    My wife and I were driving to the police station to chaperone at about 11:00PM. I was driving about 45MPH in the right lane of a two lane road that had poor lighting. Out of nowhere I hear and loud crash and suddely the back of our SUV is sliding toward the right side of the road and the forward momentum of the car has us now driving across the left lane at an angle right towards a median dotted with large trees. I have no idea what happened but I realize I'm driving towards the median so I start counter steering away from the median. Well, this violent steering motion causes the SUV to start pitching over. I remember looking over at my wife who is screaming and I say "We're going to roll." We end up rolling drivers side first and I remember the window smashing and glass flying in my face. We end up sliding on the roof for awhile and come to a stop hanging upsde down. It took us a few minutes to get out of the seat belts and crawl through my broken window. At this time a guy is running over to see if we're OK. My wife is screaming at him that he'd better hope the baby is OK. He's looking at our car asking where the baby is. My wife yells "I'm pregnant!" It takes a few seconds for me to comprehend that we were hit by another driver but it wasn't this guy, so I ask about the driver who hit us and he says "he didn't make it." WOW.

    Apparently this guy was flying down the road with no lights on and swerved into us and hit the rear quarter panel on the drivers side of our SUV. After the impact, he ended up going up the median and was stopped by a large eucalyptus tree. The guy was not wearing a seatbelt and went through his windshield. The paramedics came and took us to the hospital to get checked out and a police officer came to talk to us about an hour later. The officer told me that it was refreshing to see the innocent victims walk away from a drunk driver crash for a change because it's usually the other way around. I remember thanking him but thinking WOW, some dude is dead, there is no happy ending here. Anyway, I'm glad to still be here.

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    I've lost count. One time clipping a pedal, going to my right off the Porc singletrack, flipping over and over and stopping just before I went off a very tall cliff.

    One time clipping a pedal and going off to my left on some trail outside Durango. Instead of plummeting out of control down a hundred foot drop I snagged my fingernails on tiny embedded rocks on the trail, tangled up in my bike and pulled me and bike back up onto the trail. No one came up as I was pulling myself up and I saw no one else the rest of the day.

    One time just getting up onto a big boulder with a really heavy pack on my back, losing my balance and teetering on my heels with a backwards 40 foot drop awaiting me. Didn't teeter far enough backwards so I'm here at my keyboard to tell you the story.

    Numerous "near misses" in my car, either me nearly running into people or off the road or being able to avoid the other guy when he did the same thing.

    Like they say, every day I'm breathing is a good day.
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    I was in a crazy car accident with 3 other friends. My buddy lost control of his Jeep Cherokee the snow on the highway going about 70. Slid sideways for a while and then went off the road and flipped a few times. It landed on it's side and we had to crawl out the busted back window because the side door were dented shut. The Jeep was completed totaled, debris and our bags were scattered everywhere, yet we all managed unscathed.

    Another incident is I was skiing down a mountain, wiped out and couldn't stop sliding because the trail was too steep and icy. I slid off the edge of the mountain but my legs somehow got lodged between two small trees about 15 yards after going over the edge. If those trees hadn't stopped me I would have fallen to bottom. I definitely would have hit either a rock or tree at the bottom. It's tough to say if I would have died or not, all I know if that I would have sustained massive injuries.

    I don't think the accidents mean that God has a purpose for me, but it is still nerving thinking back about how lucky I was. It also makes me feel extremely fortunate for the life that I have. Life is too short not to enjoy and you don't know what tomorrow may bring. Go out and ride!!!

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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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JonnyB76 View Post
    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.
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    I've had lots of close calls over the years.

    The most recent one was a few weeks ago - I was riding a "stream" crossing; the stream was a man made concrete drainage ditch with large, 1' diameter concrete pillars sticking up to a height of about 2'. Water was flowing.

    My riding partner, who normally attacks sections with abandon, stopped at the croosing but I just rode on through. I figured I'd go slowly so I don't get my feet wet.

    Turns out he stopped because he saw the bottom was slick with algae. I made no such observation. Almost immediately upon entry, the force of the water swept my wheels out from under me and I fell on my left hand side, fast and HARD.

    My head narrowly missed one of those concrete pillars. There's no helmet in the world that would have saved me from that broken neck. Well, maybe one of those brass diving helmets with the integrated neck/shoulder piece. Regardless, that helmet is still not on my gear wish list.

    Poseidon was apparently trying to claim my immortal spirit, but luckily Athena intervened so I could live to love another day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nachomc View Post
    My wife asked how much I spent on my new bike.




    I told her the truth.
    Now that IS scary!

    I have no near death experiences to report and I'm thankful for that. I just checked in here to see what the thread was about and have been riveted by peoples' stories. Some pretty amazing and terrifying experiences out there. Thanks for the inspiration to keep at it in the face of adversity.

    Live to ride, ride to live, indeed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JonnyB76 View Post
    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.
    Right on dude- sending good thoughts for quick recovery
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    I dont have a dying story, but i can sympathize with the "thin blood" thing. I have borderline low platelets (i dont know why) and bled alot during my last surgery. i also have inflammation issues, so i take antiinflammatories which thin my blood even more. i'm always aware that i should be more careful.

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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by JonnyB76 View Post
    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.
    Best of Luck bro!! Def see you on the trails!!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JonnyB76 View Post
    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.


    Best of luck to you. Please keep us up to date on your impending cure.

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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.
    I think you're going to make it out just fine.

    What if that crash was in your destiny in order for the doctors to have detected the brain tumor early? Think of it. If you wouldn't have had that crash you would have never had that brain tumor detected until it was too late.

    Keep riding strong. I will keep you in my prayers.

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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.
    that may well wind up being "the bike crash that saved your life".

    a good number of cancer survivors have similar sorts of stories, where they unknowingly had a tumor that was found because of something entirely unrelated.

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    Mine wasn't bike related, but it certainly gave me a new appreciation for life and busted me out of the nerd shell I was in. Back in high school I was lucky to be selected to get my glider's license via Cadets. We had the front edge of a storm come through the area during my 3rd solo. I ended up taking a 600 lb plane without an engine up against weather so severe that it caused a 737 to abort it's landing at a nearby airport and divert 200 km to the north. I was on tow when the weather hit and had to punch off due to a big loop in the tow rope (gliders and small planes react to sudden nasty weather quite differently).

    Long story short...lots of full deflection on the controls to try to keep the glider sunny-side up, lots of fast moving air that had me alternating between ~ -1 and +2 G's, a lot of flying at the max manoeuvering speed of the glider (flying at the edge of the performance envelope)...I managed to fight my way back to the strip (upwind because the winds had shifted 180 degrees) but I couldn't land into the wind as we usually want to because there were 2 gliders in the landing circuit by the time I got there and I didn't want to end up in a head on situation while trying to land. I had to do a near 180 degree turn from my crosswind leg to final approach. When I landed, I put the wheel (yes, the glider only had 1 wheel) down at one end of the strip with a ground speed >110mph. Full brakes, spoilers, dive brakes and nose skid in the dirt and I still ploughed a trench all the way down to the other end of the runway (we usually only used about 1/3 of it).

    Video games don't prepare you for that, so I figured I had a little help from upstairs...I certainly didn't have the experience I would have needed to do that on my own.
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    That is an amazing attitude and I look forward to seeing you post in the future about riding that Pivot!

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    To all who have posted here, and for those still going through
    their ordeal, my thoughts and prayers go out to you.
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    Amazing thread. Incredible stories about what people can overcome.

    Couple of times for me. I have a condition that leaves me susceptible to respiratory infections. I had pnuemonia a LOT as a kid. When I was five it was really really bad and it was pretty much accepted that I'd die. I remember laying in bed and not even having energy to pick up a toy for what seemed like days. It was total luck that I recovered. To this day I have respiratory problems, but they are much better since I started riding.

    Last October I rode my bike down the block from my house and had a freak accident where I went over the bars and landed on my head, fracturing my skull at the base and a second, much worse fracture around my eye socket. The doc said if I hadn't tried to tuck as I went down and had landed square instead of on the "corner" that I'd likely be dead.

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    Awesome to see others pull through.

    Had cancer at age 17. Got lucky since it did not spread to major organs but it sucked none the less. I stayed positive and happy during the whole ordeal with the help of family. During this time i started playing MMO games like World Of Warcraft becoming a lethargic computer jockey and gained weight...

    Fast forward to age 24 and i am still in remission enjoying life.

    I have discovered biking around a year ago and it is my new passion. It makes me reflect on all the time i wasted gaming.

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    I was in college and was coming back from class.

    There were a few people standing in the bike lane, so I went around them. That required me to cross the trolley track. I got over fine, but coming back into the bike lane my tire got stuck in the tracks and instantly threw me over the bars. I landed on my jaw. Broke my jaw in 2 places, busted 5 teeth, almost broke my hand. I was in the hospital for 3 days and the surgeons gave me a titanium plate and a handful of screws that look totally awesome in X-ray photos. My jaw was wired shut for 2 weeks, and for a total of 5 weeks I was on a strictly liquid diet.

    I probably should have died. Stupidly, I wasn't wearing a helmet. So had I landed any differently my brain would have become hamburger meat. Now I'm one of the biggest advocates for bike helmets ever. I refuse to ride with people who aren't wearing one.

    The first day I could eat potato chips again was one of the best days of my life.

    A year later I bought a new mountain bike. A year after that I bought a new road bike. And now I bike more than ever.

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    At 11 years old, I crashed racing a friend on bikes (no helmet) and spent 2 days in a coma. They say I was close but I don't remember much of it. Then as a 17 year old, I hit a telephone pole with a pickup and grabbed the door handle when exiting the truck without realizing there was a live wire across the hood. And finally at age 31, I was diagnosed with and survived a ugly fight with sarcoma cancer.

    I am lucky and thankful to be alive! I tend to let things go when I become upset more than I use to, I smile more when happy, I tell my people I love them more than I use to and I try to enjoy something about each day (not always successful with that one)

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    Wow, there are some very inspiring stories and experiences on here.

    When I was 17 or 18 I went biking with a friend to the Badlands in North Dakota on a very hot and sunny day in August. We made it out to a prescribed location and turned around to head back to the truck. I had everything programmed into my GPS simply as a precautionary measure. I ran out of water with about nine miles left to go and my friend didn't have too much left either. We kept going and with about five miles to go I was in pretty bad shape and lost my friend and the trail.

    It took me about seven hours to get from that point back to the truck. I ended up collapsing twice during the ordeal and to this day I don't know if I passed out, slept, or what. I just remember thinking that I had to press on so I did. I credit my GPS with getting me out of that situation.

    I made it out to find the sheriff and search and rescue preparing to begin the search party for me. They wanted to send me out in an ambulance but I refused thinking that I would be fine. When my friend saw me he burst into tears. We ended up driving two hours back home and my body could not cool itself nor could I control my heart rate any longer. For hours (until I woke up the next morning) I was breathing heavily and my heart beating uncontrollably.

    I made it home two hours later and upon my parents seeing me, my mom broke into tears. I hadn't seen my physical appearance yet so went to the mirror to see what everyone was upset about. One glance and I understood: I looked like a skeleton. My eyes felt extremely strange and were sunk back into their sockets quite far. I hopped on the scale and had lost 12 lb throughout the ordeal. The next day or so was spent relaxing, re-hydrating, and recovering.

    My dad is a physician and told me just how lucky and blessed I am to have gotten out alive. He told me that I didn't have much more time before certain systems would have started shutting down due to the lack of hydration and electrolytes. People have also told me that when people collapse as I did (twice), they usually don't get back up. I have been called dumb for refusing to take the ambulance out. Had it not been for the GPS and determination to survive, it could have turned out much differently.
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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.
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    With ya brother. Keep up the positive thoughts. They go a long way.

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    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
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    I was gonna post up my close encounter with lightening that took a couple of lives in San Diego, but after reading some of your personal stories, I am humbled.

    As others have said, amazing stories. My thoughts too go out to those who are currently in the midst of a personal challenge.

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    Almost died from appendicitis. Also couple of close calls climbing years ago.

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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
    I would like to join the others in wishing you the best in your fight. I am going to ride an extra lap this weekend and send all the mojo I have your way Thoughts and Prayers

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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
    From one cancer survivor to another, hang in there man.

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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
    shave that $hit off and own that bald head.

    I started losing hair and I thought it would all be gone...but I'm apparently such a hairy SOB that I still had enough left that I didn't wind up looking like mangy coyote (the chupacabra!) or anything.

    I'll do an extra lap for you, bro.

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    I guess I'll chime in on this one. 7 or 8 years ago I thought it would be a good idea to try out one of those little tiny whitewater play kayaks (the kind you can barely fit in and have the skirt around in). So I take it out in a lake and paddle around and everything was going great until I flipped. I kept trying to turn myself right side up but as soon as my head would come up i'd gasp for air and then back under I went. Tried that quite a few times. So then I kept reaching for the handle that releases the skirt and couldn't find it. I started blacking out and really thinking that it was going to be my last few secondons alive. Then I reached for the handle one last time and found it. When my head broke thru the surface of the water it was the greatest feeling ever. That was the scariest day of my life. That night the kayak went on ebay, it sold fast and I used the money to buy bike parts
    Had this same thing happen to a friend(the getting stuck upside down) she was on candlewood lake messing around with another friends kayak with the skirt over the opening, problem was that this skirt was extremely tight and she wasnt strong enough to pull it free. she also didnt know how to "combat roll" a kayak, thankfully i was standing on a dock a few hundred feet away and as soon as she tipped i knew she was in big trouble. I am thankfully a very strong swimmer and a large individual so when i reached her i just manhandled the boat back right side up. she later told me she was only half concious when i got to her but was fine by the time i swam/towed her back to shore. it was well worth the broken cell and soaked cigarettes to be able to perpetuate a close friends life.

    my own story of a "i barely survived" is quite probably the lamest story here lol. i was working 3rd shift as a security guard, left as normal in the morning and went home. get home and noone else is there, grab a bagel and go to my room to change and go to sleep. bagel was super dry and when i tried to swallow it just got stuck halfway down. i couldnt keep swallowing or cough it back up, so there i am in my room in just boxers choking to death. i tried not to panic(the threat of drowning/suffocating is absolutely terrifying) i began to self heimlich(sp?) but after a few tries and more than a minute of not breathing at all the edges of my vision began to go black. after 7 or 8 tries i was able to self heimlich the bagel out of my throat and take the sweetest breath of my life. i immediately threw away the bagel out iof spite and went to be exhausted. i know pretty lame...

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    Quote Originally Posted by phirebug View Post
    never really almost died in the way most of you have, but had a lot of close calls and near misses (literally)

    when i was 8 we got T-boned by an 18 wheeler in a dodge colt. i was sleeping with my head against the window on the side that got hit. all i remember is waking up covered in blood, then waking up again in the ER with the dr digging pieces of auto glass out of my scalp. long night.

    in iraq it was a pretty constant threat. folks kept hiding bombs in the street, throwing grenades out of windows, sometimes they would go old-school and just shoot at us. had bullets miss me close enough to feel the puff of air on my cheek. had an IED go off right under the seat of my humvee - it blew out 3 tires, blew off the hood and both mirrors, and peppered the underside with shrapnel. nobody had a scratch on them and we STILL drove it back. definitely said my prayers that night.
    then there were the mortor attacks, which is kind of like a morbid game of keno.



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    Jonny...I may be joining you (though not for quite the same reason) this year. Keep your chin up and keep fighting!

    I do a cancer ride every year following the death of a friend and coworker. This year I'm dangling the razor out there to entice some more donations. I'll keep ya in mind as I roll the FR bike all 215 km of the Ride this year.
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    Lots on inspirational stories in here. Keep fighting the fight.

    Only two stories for me. First one happened back in 03 on my motorcycle when I was doing a rolling burnout at about 50mph and had an electrical short which shut my bike off. This launched me over the bars and did some circus acts in the air for a good 100+ feet. I was knocked out and something told me to get up. I got back up in the middle of the road daze and confused to find my bike now running which was spinning around in circles. Picked it up and road back to my GF at the time who rushed me to the ER.

    First person to come in who I thought was the doctor after the CT scan was actually the priest. That was weird. Then the doctor came in and told me everything was fine. Woo! But, the bad news was the force of the hit when my elbow hit cause my skin to gash open so lots of muscle was ripped and torn which they cut out. This effects my left hand grip to this day and the strength of my arm.

    The second story was in 07 again was on my motorcycle at night doing a wheelie this time and because I had no gauges I did not know I was low on gas. Well, yup, I ran out of gas mid air and this slammed me down again. Luckily, this time I held on for dear life but ran out of road and went down a hill off the highway. After I stopped I could not believe what I saw but a whole bunch of trees that I missed by inches. So whoever or whatever looked after me thank you.
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    Almost died? Does walking away from crashing my Yamaha 1100 Special into a power pole at 100mph+ count? Diabetic comas (2) from highs of 1500 and low of 26? And how about the time my son shot out an arm to keep me from going otb on 2nd Divide where the trail turns from hillside to cliffedge in a half heartbeat?
    Almost forgot when I dropped a transfer case on my hand chopping off my left index finger, went to the ER where the anesthesiologist put me under then left to check on other patients. I promptly asphyxiated my recent lunch and collapsed both lungs.
    Rather die while I'm living than live like I'm dead!
    OH yeah, the time I was looking for dirt to ride in Yosemite, ranger told me to go ahead and use the dirt road above the water treatment tanks. The dirt road was a bust due to a bunch of downed trees so I went back to camp. 20 minutes later a chunk of the rock face fell and crushed a lot more trees and the Happy Island Shop.
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    Some enlightening stories from some brave people here. My respect to you........

    I used to race motorbikes, a Ducati 926 Customer Corsa to be exact. I was upper-midfield filler, rarely higher, fell off quite often but I loved it. Anyway, I was at Snetterton for a two-day meeting in July 1996 (a circuit in Norfolk, England) and by the time I left for home on the Sunday night all was well - I had a 9th and 11th place, hadn't fallen off all week-end and the bike was going off for some new tasty parts to be fitted FOC.

    So I was driving home in the evening Sun when a woman pulled across my path at the last minute to turn right. The police worked out from my skidmarks (the ones on the road!) that I was about 20ft from her doing 60mph when she turned. Big collision, I managed to climb out of the car (still don't know how) and then collapsed on the road not feeling anything.

    Put in a cage, taken to hospital, scans, X-rays and lots of prodding before being told that I'd broken C3 and C4 in my neck. More scans and tests the next day before being warned that I would probably never walk again...... Not a good day for me since I was a professional yachtsman and all my hobbies were based outdoors.

    Just over a day later I was having more tests and complained that my feet had bad pins and needles. This quickly spread up my body and turned to acute pain. I couldn't understand why the doctors were so happy! Anyway, it transpired that all the musles in my back/neck had gone into severe spasm, clamped onto my spinal cord around the broken vertebrae and caused temporary paralysis.

    The upshot was that I spent 4 months in hospital followed by another year of intense physio. I went through periods of medical depression but thankfully because I am stubborn I got through it and was walking within two months of the crash. I bought myself a Marin Muirwoods just before Christmas 1996 and started riding it around the park early next spring. Very gently at first but more and more often and eventually onto proper, technical off-road terrain.

    I never did sail again professionally but I did my first XC race on my Muirwoods (!!!!) at the end of 1999 - I was still no better than midfield filler!!

    Anyway, that's me. Remember to be stubborn and never give up until death is smiling at you - doctors are just as fallible as the rest of us and the human body is not a predictable and perfect medium to be working with!

    Good luck to all on this thread who are fighting illness; your bravery goes beyond............
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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.
    Quote Originally Posted by JonnyB76 View Post
    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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    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.

    To all those living life, use it or lose it, and to those going through hard times hang tough - it will make you stronger.
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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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