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Health Issues

Discussion in 'The Watering Hole' started by Djarum, Nov 30, 2010.

  1. Djarum

    Djarum Super Moderator

    Dec 15, 2009
    Huntsville, AL, USA
    Jason
    I haven't mentioned this on the forum, but I thought I'd post about my health issues.

    About 9 months ago I was diagnosed with an elarged spleen and low white count and low platelet count. Last Monday I had a bone biopsy to see if I had bone cancer or lymphoma. Thankfully, I have neither.

    However, the doctors still don't know what is wrong. My condition at this moment is not life threatening and is managable. I'm having a few more scans and tests in the next few weeks to determine more about my condition.

    I'm relatively young at 29, and I've never once thought about getting a life threatening disease or cancer. This ordeal has put some perspective on my life and that I need to re-evaluate spending 40+ hours behind a desk and really not "living".

    As we draw near to the holiday season, lets be thankful for the time we have with family and friends and to do what makes us happy.
     
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  2. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    Dj, that is very scary, and I hope you get some reassuring answers soon. Appreciate your holiday season thoughts and will try to spend my time on the important things in life.
     
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  3. red

    red Mu-43 Veteran

    455
    Sep 21, 2010
    good luck! :thumbup:
     
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  4. grebeman

    grebeman Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 13, 2010
    South Brent, south Devon (UK)
    Barrie
    My I pass on my best wishes for a resolution of your health problems. This sort of thing puts ones priorities into perspective and I hope that you find all the support you wish from your family and friends.

    Barrie
     
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  5. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Super Moderator

    Apr 17, 2010
    Near Philadephila
    Wow, yeah that's a perspective check alright. I hope everything works out OK.

    Amazing how much we take for granted when things are going well and how quickly things change. My wife is about a month into a serious case of something like laryngitis. Very difficult situation because she's a grade-school teacher and a voice is pretty important. Even at home, we can communicate just fine, but I miss her full voice - its sort of part of her... It doesn't appear to be anything really serious, not life-threatening, but they're not really sure what it is either and its not responding to anything so far. So even if not life-threatening, it could be voice-threatening / life-changing. And in any case, it wasn't even remotely on the radar until about a month ago - now its a pretty dominant issue in our lives. As your situation clearly is for you.

    I'll hope for the best for you. And her. And all of us.

    -Ray
     
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  6. Boyzo

    Boyzo Mu-43 Top Veteran

    784
    Mar 3, 2010
    Best wishes DJ :smile:
     
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  7. BBW

    BBW Super Moderator Emeritus

    Jason, thank you for feeling comfortable enough to let us know what is going on in your life. Your post is very thoughtful, as well as thought provoking.

    I am with Amin - it is scary to have this kind of thing happen and hope you get the reassuring answers you need as soon as possible.

    You're so right about perspective - the importance of it and how we all need to wake up and realize what is important to us individually in our lives.

    Ray, I hope your wife gets here voice issues resolved very soon, as well.

    Thank you, Jason for the excellent advice.
     
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  8. Rudi

    Rudi Mu-43 Top Veteran

    574
    Aug 16, 2010
    Australia
    All the best to you, Jason! Not that any age is a good age to be getting sick, but you're way too young for any of this. Enjoy time with the family and friends over the holidays - those are the really important things in life!
     
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  9. Fiddler

    Fiddler Mu-43 Veteran

    I hope you feel well enough to have a great holiday season, followed by a return to full health. You and I have something in common. I suffer from a blood disorder myself - very severe Polycythaemia Vera, which is an abnormally high red blood cell count. At the moment my red and white counts are sky high, and my platelets are at rock - bottom, so I'm going into hospital for a couple of days from tomorrow.

    But here's the punch line:

    When I was 22, I was told I'd probably not live more than five or six years... but I'm now 53 :smile:

    My best advice is enjoy your life and love the people in it.

    All the best,

    Colin
     
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  10. Fiddler

    Fiddler Mu-43 Veteran


    All the best to your wife there, Ray - and you too.
     
  11. BillN

    BillN Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 19, 2010
    SW France
    DJ

    Good luck and my thoughts are with you for a good outcome to your tests etc.,
     
  12. Vidar

    Vidar Mu-43 Top Veteran

    545
    Dec 31, 2009
    Bergen, Norway
    DJ,

    I sincerly hope you get well soon..
     
  13. goldenlight

    goldenlight Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 30, 2010
    Essex
    John
    May I add my best wishes and hopes of a speedy recovery, too.
     
  14. Djarum

    Djarum Super Moderator

    Dec 15, 2009
    Huntsville, AL, USA
    Jason
    My father was a teacher and would lose his voice from time to time for weeks at a time so I understand about the laryngitus. I wish her the best of luck as well.
     
  15. Djarum

    Djarum Super Moderator

    Dec 15, 2009
    Huntsville, AL, USA
    Jason
    BB,

    Thank you. The reason I posted this here is because photography has kept my mind off of things and I'm doing something I enjoy. And even more to the point, while it is never to late to try something new, it also shouldn't take a life changing event to do what we love or to do it more often. I consider mu-43 my "photography" family and that is why I chose to post.

    Dj
     
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  16. Djarum

    Djarum Super Moderator

    Dec 15, 2009
    Huntsville, AL, USA
    Jason
    Thank you. I hope your hospital visit goes well. You do understand what its like to be hit with something that could be serious at a young age.
     
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  17. Fiddler

    Fiddler Mu-43 Veteran

    Thanks very much. It's good that they've ruled out two serious conditions in your case already. Keep your spirits up, and let us know how you get on.

    All the best,

    Colin
     
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  18. Narnian

    Narnian Nobody in particular ...

    Aug 6, 2010
    Midlothian, VA
    Richard Elliott
    You and your family will be in mine and my families' prayers.

    I had a fractured skull at the age of 3 I was not supposed to have survived. Though I am told it does explain a lot of things ...
     
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  19. Vivalo

    Vivalo Olympus Loser

    931
    Nov 16, 2010
    Finland
    Dj, I hope all the best for you and the soonest recovery. I think I'm also to photography (and music) to keep my thoughts clear.
     
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  20. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    Jason,
    Your getting a taste of life that many take for granted. It has a flavor we don't want to give up. Now more than ever make images. Take that taste you have and make images with the flavor of your life. Focus clearly and in time all things come to pass.
    Know that many here have you in their prayers and thoughts. We all wish the best for you and await the findings of your test by your side.

    If you ever need to vent or even curse someone out, call me...I'm all ears.
    Take care little brother, we are all with you....
    Don
     
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