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PROG8R
10-16-2007, 07:20 PM
Apparently, I have a problem. I have had back pains off and on for the last year. I have endured a few cortisone shots now and then, which have worked quite well. Today I returned to the DR with a reoccurring problem, and I was asked to go for another MRI, this time for a different region. I felt like I was in there forever, when I thought it was almost done I was asked to lay extremely still while they moved the sled "PLEASE DO NOT MOVE", they took me out and informed me that I needed to have an IV of contrast added. When it was all said and done I spent close to two hours in that freaking machine to come out and have the specialist tell to please wait on my MRI results< the DR has asked that you bring the results right back to him immediately.
It turns out that I have to go to John Hopkins in MD to have some sort of growth in my spinal column removed. Want to talk about being scared? Let?s try this being thrown on top of a divorce and the chance to lose custody of my SON, My hero, my life. And the chance that I can?t play Golf anymore on to no more long sessions in the pool hall and the fact that I can become paralyzed. Now I feel stressed, and in need of your prayers please.

I don?t have anyone except a 3 year old to turn to for comfort.

Dang this Sucks!!

Neil
10-16-2007, 07:25 PM
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akaTrigger
10-16-2007, 07:28 PM
Modern day medicine is amazing. You are going to the experts.

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your son.

-Melinda

Purdman
10-16-2007, 07:33 PM
My prayers are with you. I will come to visit you in Baltimore. Let me know when you are going in. I am your friend and I will have more people praying for your recovery than Carter has liver pills. Please PM me your name so I can call the Unity prayer line and get them started. Thousands of prayers can really change things. Remember, you have unknown friends who really care about you.
Purdman

Runnin8
10-16-2007, 07:35 PM
I am sorry to hear of your troubles, am praying for you and want to encourage you that you also have access to THE Comforter. Christ has promised to never leave us or forsake us and in spite of all we go through He hears our prayers. I pray that the doctors will have supernatural wisdom and that you will have peace that surpasses all understanding. I know its possible because His strength got me through my 13 year old daughter's open heart surgery two years ago. Lean on God's strength and lend yours to your son.

God Bless,
Steve

djkx1
10-16-2007, 07:35 PM
You got my prayer support. Having a strong faith in trying times can be challenging, but it can work miracles. Stay strong.

!Smorgass Bored
10-16-2007, 07:37 PM
My reply is in the Joe Rogan thread: http://forums.azbilliards.com/showthread.php?t=76794

Doug




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Jack Madden
10-16-2007, 07:40 PM
Our prayers are with you. John Hopkins is the best. The rest will work out.

HollyWood
10-16-2007, 07:42 PM
Your are in god's hands and you are in the best hospital. My fathers surgeon was from Hopkins. I remember meeting the surgeon and his hands shone white, just as I would expect gods hands too be. Do every thing they say to the tee. I will pray for you a couple of times. In the news we had two duck hunters flip a boat hunting they survived for there childen both single fathers. use you son as strength because you are his support.And will continue to be his support. God sayes ask and you shall recieve. God bless you both now and always. mark

jay helfert
10-16-2007, 07:50 PM
Yes I agree, Johns Hopkins is an acclaimed medical institution. I come from a family of doctors. Do not be afraid to ask questions and get second and third opinions. The doctors are great, but only you can tell what you are feeling inside your body.

Focus the power of your own mind on helping yourself heal. You can be your best facilitator of healing. Even your own doctors will tell you that. Miracles happen every day in medicine. Trust your doctors and yourself!

pulzcul
10-16-2007, 08:21 PM
My prayers to!! I've found that God can bring good from the worst of situations. Have faith and never lose hope. Don

mantis99
10-16-2007, 08:26 PM
I will definately be praying for you!!!. Certainly a great medical instituion.

alstl
10-16-2007, 08:28 PM
Apparently, I have a problem. I have had back pains off and on for the last year. I have endured a few cortisone shots now and then, which have worked quite well. Today I returned to the DR with a reoccurring problem, and I was asked to go for another MRI, this time for a different region. I felt like I was in there forever, when I thought it was almost done I was asked to lay extremely still while they moved the sled "PLEASE DO NOT MOVE", they took me out and informed me that I needed to have an IV of contrast added. When it was all said and done I spent close to two hours in that freaking machine to come out and have the specialist tell to please wait on my MRI results< the DR has asked that you bring the results right back to him immediately.
It turns out that I have to go to John Hopkins in MD to have some sort of growth in my spinal column removed. Want to talk about being scared? Let?s try this being thrown on top of a divorce and the chance to lose custody of my SON, My hero, my life. And the chance that I can?t play Golf anymore on to no more long sessions in the pool hall and the fact that I can become paralyzed. Now I feel stressed, and in need of your prayers please.

I don?t have anyone except a 3 year old to turn to for comfort.

Dang this Sucks!!

It's going to work out for you. Once they remove it you will feel like a new man.

rangerdos001
10-16-2007, 08:46 PM
Hang tough brother. We will be praying for you.

TATE
10-16-2007, 08:54 PM
Apparently, I have a problem. I have had back pains off and on for the last year. I have endured a few cortisone shots now and then, which have worked quite well. Today I returned to the DR with a reoccurring problem, and I was asked to go for another MRI, this time for a different region. I felt like I was in there forever, when I thought it was almost done I was asked to lay extremely still while they moved the sled "PLEASE DO NOT MOVE", they took me out and informed me that I needed to have an IV of contrast added. When it was all said and done I spent close to two hours in that freaking machine to come out and have the specialist tell to please wait on my MRI results< the DR has asked that you bring the results right back to him immediately.
It turns out that I have to go to John Hopkins in MD to have some sort of growth in my spinal column removed. Want to talk about being scared? Let?s try this being thrown on top of a divorce and the chance to lose custody of my SON, My hero, my life. And the chance that I can?t play Golf anymore on to no more long sessions in the pool hall and the fact that I can become paralyzed. Now I feel stressed, and in need of your prayers please.

I don?t have anyone except a 3 year old to turn to for comfort.

Dang this Sucks!!

You have us!

Yes, it's bad news but it can all turn around very quickly. A few months from now, you may just find yourself perfectly healthy with your perfect mate for life. Just give this all a chance to play out, and remember, it often turns out for the better. I had a divorce when my first daughter was 3, and I've since been happliy married for 18 years - and am very close to both my daughters.

Good luck!

Chris

mattman
10-16-2007, 10:21 PM
Prayer said...good luck.

Mattman

9ball
10-16-2007, 11:13 PM
Apparently, I have a problem. I have had back pains off and on for the last year. I have endured a few cortisone shots now and then, which have worked quite well. Today I returned to the DR with a reoccurring problem, and I was asked to go for another MRI, this time for a different region. I felt like I was in there forever, when I thought it was almost done I was asked to lay extremely still while they moved the sled "PLEASE DO NOT MOVE", they took me out and informed me that I needed to have an IV of contrast added. When it was all said and done I spent close to two hours in that freaking machine to come out and have the specialist tell to please wait on my MRI results< the DR has asked that you bring the results right back to him immediately.
It turns out that I have to go to John Hopkins in MD to have some sort of growth in my spinal column removed. Want to talk about being scared? Let?s try this being thrown on top of a divorce and the chance to lose custody of my SON, My hero, my life. And the chance that I can?t play Golf anymore on to no more long sessions in the pool hall and the fact that I can become paralyzed. Now I feel stressed, and in need of your prayers please.

I don?t have anyone except a 3 year old to turn to for comfort.

Dang this Sucks!!




Hi! Sorry for your troubles, I will put you in my prayers, Trust in Our Lord Jesus Christ an he will get you through. I will pray for you an your son and your marriage, If you want to talk, PM me your number and this way I can also pray for you while on the phone. Remember give all your troubles to the Lord and ask him to see you through and He will!


God Bless
9ball

LAMas
10-16-2007, 11:17 PM
Prayers go out to you and yours - stay strong - God be with you.

woodyosborne
10-17-2007, 03:39 AM
my prayers added as well. god has blessed me many times, many ways. i have been down in my back for months- unable to do much at all. lots of pain. i have made a complete recovery, do lots of physically stressing tasks. will remember you and yours in prayer. woody

3kushn
10-17-2007, 04:04 AM
Yes I agree, Johns Hopkins is an acclaimed medical institution. I come from a family of doctors. Do not be afraid to ask questions and get second and third opinions. The doctors are great, but only you can tell what you are feeling inside your body.

Focus the power of your own mind on helping yourself heal. You can be your best facilitator of healing. Even your own doctors will tell you that. Miracles happen every day in medicine. Trust your doctors and yourself!
Jay's advice is the best advice you can get.
Ask questions.
Listen to your body.
STAY POSSITIVE.
Everythig will work out just fine.

Drawman623
10-17-2007, 04:41 AM
STAY POSSITIVE.
You have many challenges bearing down at once. I prayed that you will see them as opportunities to show your young son how to face adversity, and to remind your wife of who she married. Get well.

MOJOE
10-17-2007, 04:56 AM
Hang in there G8R fan!

I am only 38 and recently had a cancer scare. I went through 2 surgeries only a few months apart but am now free of that nasty little booger. I had it in my shooting arm, now I am pain free for the most part and have a nice chunck out of my arm but no worries.

I left it all up to God and had lots praying for healing. It worked this time.

I will lift all of your trials and concerns up to the big guy! Hoping for the best. Stay positive and BELIEVE!

Take care,

Joe

Blackjack
10-17-2007, 05:52 AM
Apparently, I have a problem. I have had back pains off and on for the last year. I have endured a few cortisone shots now and then, which have worked quite well. Today I returned to the DR with a reoccurring problem, and I was asked to go for another MRI, this time for a different region. I felt like I was in there forever, when I thought it was almost done I was asked to lay extremely still while they moved the sled "PLEASE DO NOT MOVE", they took me out and informed me that I needed to have an IV of contrast added. When it was all said and done I spent close to two hours in that freaking machine to come out and have the specialist tell to please wait on my MRI results< the DR has asked that you bring the results right back to him immediately.
It turns out that I have to go to John Hopkins in MD to have some sort of growth in my spinal column removed. Want to talk about being scared? Let?s try this being thrown on top of a divorce and the chance to lose custody of my SON, My hero, my life. And the chance that I can?t play Golf anymore on to no more long sessions in the pool hall and the fact that I can become paralyzed. Now I feel stressed, and in need of your prayers please.

I don?t have anyone except a 3 year old to turn to for comfort.

Dang this Sucks!!

Prog8r

Since I returned from service in the Gulf War in 1991, my entire life has been ruled by my physical problems. I have fought cancer, and other ailments, most notably the neurological disorder that has attacked my motor skills and left me fighting battles that most people fight in their 60's and 70's. I have gone down the dark road you are facing more than once, and I have learned some valuable lessons.

The first and most important thing to remember is to get out of your own problems and become a blessing in somebody else's life ON A DAILY BASIS. If you sit around worrying and concentrating about what is going wrong in your life and with yoru body, you will actually make the matter worse. However if you keep your eyes open for opportunities to add happiness, encouragement and friendship to those that need it most, your situation will remain in perspective - and you'll start to get better - not worse.

At the last Florida Pro Tour event I had the blessing of finally meeting poolshark52 - and we discussed this same phenomenon. When you understand that you can do nothing to change your physical ailments or the consequences that come with fighting such a battle - you either learn to let go, or you become consumed by the fear and the stress. That is why I recommend getting out of yourself and into helping someone that is in worse shape than you. It works wonders for your attitude and helps you keep everything in perspective (where it belongs).

On the weekend of November 3-4 I will be holding a fundraiser for a 3 year old boy that has cancer. You are more than willing to come to this event (at Capone's in Spring Hill) to help out with it if you have the time - If you have your son that weekend, bring him along. I can come out your way and pick you up if you want and we can go out there together. Believe me, it will be an eye-opening experience.

You can always get with me privately to talk about anything - believe me, I've been down some of the darkest roads you can imagine and I've lived to tell about it. It's not so much what you have - Its what you have left to give to others.

!Smorgass Bored
10-17-2007, 06:16 AM
PROG8R axed:
Any believers here ?


I'm a believer.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUyu5prWjTE

Doug








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Ktown D
10-17-2007, 06:16 AM
I just saw this thread and I will certainly be wishing the best for you and I said a prayer for you. I don't pray near as much as I should so hopefully that one got through.

Best of luck to you.

CaptainHook
10-17-2007, 06:17 AM
Good thoughts for you my friend.:)

This has helped me during Medical procedures, I play bank pool in my head
to help pass the time and keep my mind off things.

Of course you never miss.:D

Terry Ardeno
10-17-2007, 06:19 AM
You have gotten some great advice and wonderful words of encouragement from your buddies here. As this all plays out, you're still going to need lots more great advice and encouragement. Probably more than you can get from reading these posts. So I really, really urge you to find a bible believing church and start attending. Why? That is the very best place to get help for our spiritual problems, and this has affected your spirit enough that you felt the need to call out for help. The bible says in James 4:8 "Draw near to God and He will draw near to you." I do know for a certainty that God loves you more than you could ever imagine and will help you thru this so difficult of times.

Like Blackjack just said, at some time in life, we all go down the path you're unfortunately on right now. You'll make it as well. But the walk will be much easier with some great support. You really should find a church home and stay with it, especially after this trial you're enduring is over. You owe that to your son and you'll also feel so much better about a lot of things. God really can and does change our life, if we give Him the chance. Try it and see for yourself. You can't go wrong!
In the mean time, you're in our thoughts and prayers. Keep us posted on your progess.

Terry Ardeno
10-17-2007, 06:23 AM
Good thoughts for you my friend.:)

This has helped me during Medical procedures, I play bank pool in my head
to help pass the time and keep my mind off things.

Of course you never miss.:D


You are too cool! :)

buzzsaw
10-17-2007, 06:29 AM
Man, this is bringing back lot's of old memories. G8R, you may think things look bad but you really have a lot going for you. You're a young man with a son that has unconditional love for you and a group of crazy pool players that love and care for you. Go into this with nothing but positive thoughts and may God bless you.

PROG8R
10-17-2007, 07:09 AM
I would like to say thank you to everyone of you. It is truly a blessing to have so many people out there pulling for me.

Just an update:
I just got off the phone with the neurlogical imaging place and after review of the MRI yesterday that started this whole thing, John Hopkins has request an immediate brain scan MRI and a Cervical one as well, both with contrast. :(

9ballrun
10-17-2007, 07:25 AM
Prayers said and will continue. Best of luck and God bless. There are times in our lifes when He is all we have, then you will find that He is all you need. That has help me through a lot, I hope it will do the same for you.

JoeW
10-17-2007, 07:29 AM
My sympathies are with you. One of the things I learned from similar situations and have seen my children learn is that these experiences will change you for the better if you let that happen.

You learn what life is truly about and will find as many of us have that there is always time for the people in your life. Time to make their life better and time to enjoy their life with them. Blackjack has it right, listen closely and life will improve no matter the physical outcome.

"Do not go gentle into that good night - rage rage against the dying of the light."(Dillon Thomas) works for me.

rayjay
10-17-2007, 08:05 AM
You and your son are in my prayers. Do everything you can and trust God for the rest. Dave had some good advice...I'd take him up on his offer for the fundraiser.

NYC cue dude
10-17-2007, 08:08 AM
I haven't felt compelled to post recently, and almost certainly am never inclined to comment on peoples non pool related personal problems.

However, after reading your post, I felt "moved". This coming from someone who has seen many dead/dying in front of my own two eyes. I also survived my own near fatal harry attack nearly 4 years ago. The thing about my situation, and what inspired me about yours, was the child involved.

Sadly, I'll admit, EVERYONE in my life is expendable and replaceable, except my daughter. I survived my heart attack, just like you will survive your medical problems, because therein lies a passion to live for someone else. Had I not had her, I would have surely given up.

I too share your feelings that my child is my best friend, and although mine is now 6, could survive in this world with only her companionship if need be.

Todays medical advancements are truly miraculous. Getting the best dr's and as much information should be the most important thing for you to focus on right now. You may very well be in for the fight of your life. Prepare your mind and body for any and all complications.

Purdman, your comments were equally as touching, this coming from someone who has become, more and more of a non believer as I've gotten older. But there was a certain sincerity to what you said that offered to, atleast myself, a surprising amount of serenity and comfort.

For the original poster, I wish you and your son all the best, and no matter the outcome, I hope you have the ability to handle it for the benefit of your child.

Randy Goldwater

Jude Rosenstock
10-17-2007, 08:09 AM
My prayers are with you. Nothing is more important than family and health.

DeadPoked
10-17-2007, 08:33 AM
I've said a prayer for you my friend and I hope everything works out for you as quick and painless as possible.

CaptainHook
10-17-2007, 11:05 AM
I would like to say thank you to everyone of you. It is truly a blessing to have so many people out there pulling for me.

Just an update:
I just got off the phone with the neurlogical imaging place and after review of the MRI yesterday that started this whole thing, John Hopkins has request an immediate brain scan MRI and a Cervical one as well, both with contrast. :(

Here is what they found in my head lol.

JoeyA
10-17-2007, 11:11 AM
Apparently, I have a problem. I have had back pains off and on for the last year. I have endured a few cortisone shots now and then, which have worked quite well. Today I returned to the DR with a reoccurring problem, and I was asked to go for another MRI, this time for a different region. I felt like I was in there forever, when I thought it was almost done I was asked to lay extremely still while they moved the sled "PLEASE DO NOT MOVE", they took me out and informed me that I needed to have an IV of contrast added. When it was all said and done I spent close to two hours in that freaking machine to come out and have the specialist tell to please wait on my MRI results< the DR has asked that you bring the results right back to him immediately.
It turns out that I have to go to John Hopkins in MD to have some sort of growth in my spinal column removed. Want to talk about being scared? Let?s try this being thrown on top of a divorce and the chance to lose custody of my SON, My hero, my life. And the chance that I can?t play Golf anymore on to no more long sessions in the pool hall and the fact that I can become paralyzed. Now I feel stressed, and in need of your prayers please.

I don?t have anyone except a 3 year old to turn to for comfort.

Dang this Sucks!!

Your son's big smiley face is worth facing the devil himself.

Be strong, be positive- He needs you. Prayers sent.
JoeyA

jimmyg
10-17-2007, 06:58 PM
Allow me to add my prayers and best wishes for both you and your son.

You have a lot of people caring and praying for you, plus a great hospital filled with the best specialists. Can't beat that combination.

Don Purdman's offer to visit you in Baltimore is really big hearted.
Jim

pletho
10-17-2007, 09:13 PM
posted in wrong place

MastersMaster
10-17-2007, 09:30 PM
Best of luck to you. I am sure you will be in all our thoughts and prayers here at AZB.

poolcuemaster
10-17-2007, 09:38 PM
Sending out prayers and hoping for the best for all involved because I remember how hard to live with I am when suffering from back and neck pains. These things make a man say and do things differently sometimes and sometimes things just get taken the wrong way at my house. I prayed for everyone you mentioned in your post and other family members to become healthy and happy real quick for you and your son.--Leonard

pwd72s
10-17-2007, 10:12 PM
My sympathies are with you. One of the things I learned from similar situations and have seen my children learn is that these experiences will change you for the better if you let that happen.

You learn what life is truly about and will find as many of us have that there is always time for the people in your life. Time to make their life better and time to enjoy their life with them. Blackjack has it right, listen closely and life will improve no matter the physical outcome.

"Do not go gentle into that good night - rage rage against the dying of the light."(Dillon Thomas) works for me.

+1!

Also, the thought...pool players DO know how to pray. Get well soon. :)