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Fifth Anniversary

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Paul in Colorado, Dec 6, 2017.

  1. Paul in Colorado

    Paul in Colorado Telefied Ad Free Member

    Mar 17, 2003
    Fort Collins, CO
    Five years ago I developed a horrible pain in my left leg. I tried to take a couple of Tylenols and sleeping it off, but that didn't work so I went to the emergency room. I remember the pain being in two spots. The next morning they amputated my leg and gave me a 5% chance of survival. I had a bacterial infection. Basically they were eating my leg from the inside out. I got it because I had a compromised immune system from Leukemia.

    I don't remember much about the next three days. It took a while to come back and having breathing and feeding tubes in me, I couldn't speak. As I came back to life my organs started functioning again. My kidneys were on hold and I began dialysis. I was in the hospital for six weeks and continued dialysis for another six.

    Anyway, I don't know how or why I survived. But I give credit to the people in my life who were there for me sending cards, letters, prayers, healing vibes, life energy... A lot of people I knew and even people I didn't, came through with a lot of support in many ways and I'll always be grateful for their gifts. Many of them are TDPRI'ers.

    My life has changed forever since then. There's a lot of things I'll never get to do again. But I managed to survive. Since then I fought an aggressive skin cancer that got internalized, I had an intestinal blockage that put me back in the hospital and a few minor things. But I got through that and now my leukemia is in remission. I could have easily have checked out that night, but for some reason, I'm not done with my time on the planet. I still get to play music and overall, life's pretty good. Each day is a blessing and I try to remember that when things get rough.

    So, thank you, friends. I appreciate your camaraderie here in our little corner of the inter webs. I hope I'm able to give as much as I've received.

  2. trev333

    trev333 Telefied Ad Free Member

    You must be one tough hombre, Paul...:cool:

    glad your still with us, I enjoy your contributions here...

    best wishes from Oz, mate...:)
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  3. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Telefied Ad Free Member

    Nov 15, 2009
    Austin, Tx
    You’re made of good stuff!
    Glad you’re here, with us.
    Rock on brother!
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  4. gitold

    gitold Friend of Leo's

    Mar 25, 2009
    Greeley Co.
    Ok ok Let’s play out at least once.
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  5. Jimmy Owen

    Jimmy Owen Tele-Meister

    Apr 2, 2017
    Moravian Falls, NC
    Wow, Paul. You’re a tough guy. Kudos to you for sharing. And congrats on remission.

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  6. Geoff738

    Geoff738 Poster Extraordinaire

    May 11, 2007
    Glad you’re still here!

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  7. troy2003

    troy2003 Friend of Leo's

    Mar 30, 2010
    Thanks for sharing your story. Sorry for your struggles and wish you the best.
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  8. elihu

    elihu Poster Extraordinaire

    Dec 24, 2009
    I kinda figured that was your story, but I'm glad to hear the details. I think you did the best you under unfortunate circumstances and that's a thing that deserves great respect.

    ROADMAN Poster Extraordinaire

    it's all that Karma we've been sending you....if we could only bottle it eh ...keep up the fight Paul , it's worth it
  10. Nickadermis

    Nickadermis Friend of Leo's

    Dec 18, 2016
    Camden Point, MO
    Nothing short of inspirational ! The outpouring of help that we get in times of need is nothing short of amazing. I have recently discovered this as well.

    I wish you success in battling everything that gets in your way !
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  11. dr_tom

    dr_tom Tele-Meister

    Sep 21, 2013
    Wow, what a story... I'm so glad you've come through it. What doesn't kill you...

    I had a less injurious experience with a pneumonia. Was in a faculty meeting at work, got a bad headache (as you'd expect in a faculty meeting). Went to the cafeteria, bought some Tylenols and took two. An hour later it was worse so I excused myself. By the time I got home, I had a full on earache in my right ear. It persisted through the night until the eardrum mercifully burst and the pain was much less intense. Ended up with two weeks of serious vertigo and a weeping infection that was treated with the wrong antibiotics. Saw and ear, nose & throat specialist and was told officially after a hearing test that my right ear was 'dead'. Been using hearing aids ever since. Without them I'm useless as my left ear was already greatly affected by hearing loss, likely due to stupid volume levels when I was young.
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  12. nojazzhere

    nojazzhere Friend of Leo's

    Feb 3, 2017
    Foat Wuth, Texas
    Good Grief!!!! Thanks for sharing. As I've said here before, it's stories like yours that force some of us to acknowledge that the travails we face in our own lives are NOTHING compared to others' like you. Thanks for helping me keep things in perspective, and my best wishes and prayers for you.
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  13. jackinjax

    jackinjax Friend of Leo's

    Sep 11, 2016
    Paul, I don't know what to say. You've been through more than any ten people I know. Makes me feel guilty for complaining about my trivial aches and pains that come naturally with growing older, when I should be happy to BE growing older.
    Thanks for setting a great example. You've now joined @Larry F as one of my all time heroes!
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  14. ozcal

    ozcal Tele-Holic

    Feb 5, 2015
    good on ya paul

    you rock !!
  15. JL_LI

    JL_LI Tele-Afflicted

    May 20, 2017
    Long Island, NY
    Hi Paul,
    I'm not big on prayers but I know we all draw on the support of others. The support, empathy, and camaraderie on TDPRI is unlike anywhere else. Kudos on five years the hard way. I sincerely hope that the next five are the best in your life.
  16. william tele

    william tele Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Nov 7, 2009
    Kansas City, MO
    You really got some good mojo in you. What an inspiration...and just a generally very nice man. I can tell!

    Happy Anniversary!
  17. kelnet

    kelnet Telefied Ad Free Member

    Apr 17, 2008
    Port Moody, BC
    I remember being stunned by your strength, Paul, when you first told us about it. I am now even more amazed at your willingness to fight, to carry on. I'm also always amazed at your good spirit and positive nature on this site. You could have turned into a very bitter man.

    You're an inspiration, Paul.

    Best wishes.
    - Sean
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  18. Stubee

    Stubee Poster Extraordinaire

    Jan 22, 2007
    Man, that is one tough road you’ve travelled, and I’m glad you’re still heading in the right direction.
  19. TeleTucson

    TeleTucson Tele-Afflicted Ad Free Member

    Aug 6, 2016
    Tucson, AZ
    It's genuinely uplifting to hear your story and know that you're enjoying and appreciating every day as it comes! I wish we could spread your positive energy around the globe - it's what we all need now.
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  20. teletimetx

    teletimetx Poster Extraordinaire

    Jul 25, 2011
    Houston, TX
    Congrats on pulling through and thanks for blessing us with your good cheer!
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