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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-13-2006, 07:23 AM Thread Starter
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Appreciate Life

Well I have to incidents that just got me thinking.

First, my best friend from college. Once of the smartest guys I know, an electrical engineer who was working his way quickly up through the company he worked for, had a goal of retiring by the time he was 45. 1 month after getting engaged, he all of a sudden was having some memory loss and tingling in his finger, he didn't figure they were related but went to the hospital. After some test the doctors discovered his brain was covered with lesions(sp?). At the age of 29 he was diagnosed with advanced MS. Because his loss of short term memory he cannot work at his old job any more, he carries a notebook and writes EVERYTHING down. If he is active too long he has an episode and loses feeling in his right side and can't function his hand. Those of us who know him best know that mentally he is not the same person but we still love him.

Second, my wife's uncle passed away yesterday. 8 weeks ago he had an "stroke like episode" while driving and went to see his doctor. He was told he had a golfball size tumor in his brain that growing very fast and was inoperable. He was givin 6-10 weeks. The only good thing is he passed before his son was deployed in 2 weeks for his 2nd tour to the middle east, so he will get to be here for the funeral.

I'm not trying to crash anyone's day, I was just thinking on the way to work how lucky I am and that I do not appreciate what I have near enough. Sorry to be so sappy today.

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We can never be reminded too often to be appreciative of what we have....

That said, we did have another thread not too long ago regarding MS. My step-father was also an engineer, and was diagnosed at age 40 with MS (similar set of symptoms leading up to the diagnosis, actually). Due to the company feeling he'd be a liability on jobsites, they let him go. He has since attended and graduated from Law School, and is now a litigation attorney for an oil company in West Texas (he's now in his late 40's).

Bottom line is, it's not a death sentence, and, with medication, can not only be controlled, but there is hope for a perfectly normal and successful life. I'm sure your friend is having a very hard time dealing with this diagnosis, but there is light at the end of the tunnell.
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my mother was also diagnosed with MS and has a lot of issues with memory loss and lack of energy and mobility... she had been to her doctor for years with constant complaints of numbness in her foot and she was sent to a foot specialist, and then for her other problems she was referred to more specialists when she finally went to see her newest doctor he first sat her down and asked her a birrage of questions about her daily routine and problems she had and how she slept, and fatigue, and due to his thorouness he said flat out she needed a cat scan and eeg. He had looked at her entire history and made a diagnosis, since she had always seen so called "specialists" who did not take all of her symptoms into consideration.

it is tough to see someone you care about unable to function the same as they once could.. especially when the person is a naturally strong and reliable person.

best wishes to him and his family...

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if i did that, i'd be in jail... or paying my arse out in child support...

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I live it like its my last, its only life and i'm sorry for this to sound like a joke but no one gets out alive, and you have no idea when its your time.

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We can never be reminded too often to be appreciative of what we have....

That said, we did have another thread not too long ago regarding MS. My step-father was also an engineer, and was diagnosed at age 40 with MS (similar set of symptoms leading up to the diagnosis, actually). Due to the company feeling he'd be a liability on jobsites, they let him go. He has since attended and graduated from Law School, and is now a litigation attorney for an oil company in West Texas (he's now in his late 40's).

Bottom line is, it's not a death sentence, and, with medication, can not only be controlled, but there is hope for a perfectly normal and successful life. I'm sure your friend is having a very hard time dealing with this diagnosis, but there is light at the end of the tunnell.
he's not treating it like a death sentence, but It is far enough along that medication makes hime feel normal, but his thinking is still very slow.

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I live it like its my last, its only life and i'm sorry for this to sound like a joke but no one gets out alive, and you have no idea when its your time.
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I found out a few weeks ago that one of my longtime friends died of Leukemia. We had a falling out a few years ago which I truely regret. He was diagnosed at 28, died 6 months later... Just like that it happens.
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I found out a few weeks ago that one of my longtime friends died of Leukemia. We had a falling out a few years ago which I truely regret. He was diagnosed at 28, died 6 months later... Just like that it happens.
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Fat... I feel for you and what you're going thru. Just look at your little angel and thank god that by some miracle you are very blessed.

Its good to keep a bit of perspective on life. For that thank you.

Its too easy to get caught up in everyday life and noncensus.




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too much, and that is exactly what it will be.

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