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Old 04-09-2013, 09:45 AM   #1
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Default Bad news, I'm afraid...

Well, for me at least.

I want to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers yesterday, they really made a difference.

Unfortunately my tests yesterday were not good, and I was diagnosed with ALS. I've been going back and forth to doctors since January with what I thought at the time was Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. It was not.

My next step is to go to an ALS Center and have a full work-up done, since my neurologist didn't do a full set of tests to eliminate conditions that mimic ALS. I asked him if he thought there was a chance that I had one of those mimicking conditions and he honestly replied that he didn't think so.

So, unless there is some sort of miracle in the next month or so (and believe me I'm praying for one) I start a rather difficult journey today.

I'm 43 with an amazing wife and three daughters ages 9, 6, and 4. I've lived a blessed life (as some of you have seen) so the only bitterness I feel is not being there for my wife and daughters when they need me.

I was on the fence about posting this, as this forum has had to deal with a fair amount of tragedy lately. However, I remember Jaymie so well, and how much of an inspiration she was to me. CockyTalk is a fantastic community, and I know that sharing this with you guys and staying an active member will help me greatly.

I don't really know any of you personally, even though I feel like I know a number of you quite well. I'll be attending the Spring Game and will go to as many home football games as my remaining years will allow. I hope to be able to meet up with some of you, so if you'd like to get together before a game, let me know.

Thanks for your continued support and prayers. My family and I will need them and I will keep you guys updated.

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Old 04-09-2013, 09:52 AM   #2
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God bless you and your family. So Sorry to hear.
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Old 04-09-2013, 09:54 AM   #3
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Old 04-09-2013, 09:55 AM   #4
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I will continue to pray for you and your family. You have an extended family in the Gamecock Nation so don't hesitate to reach out.
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Old 04-09-2013, 09:59 AM   #5
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Prayers and thoughts are going to be with you during this journey. You will fight very hard I know. We're always here for you. Never forget that.
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Old 04-09-2013, 09:59 AM   #6
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You and your family will be in my prayers.
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Old 04-09-2013, 10:06 AM   #7
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Old 04-09-2013, 10:08 AM   #8
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There is still a chance of a mimicking condition...
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Old 04-09-2013, 10:20 AM   #9
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God bless you and yours brother.

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Old 04-09-2013, 10:31 AM   #10
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Default Re: Bad news, I'm afraid...

I am really sorry to hear this and I will be praying for you, man. Stay strong! We are all here for you and with you!
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Old 04-09-2013, 10:35 AM   #11
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God Bless.
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Old 04-09-2013, 11:01 AM   #12
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Time to start doing all those things with your family that you've meant to do for real! Live your life like never before brother, and good news is still possible! Praying for the best for you and yours! Good luck in your fight my friend!!
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Old 04-09-2013, 11:08 AM   #13
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Man, sorry to hear that good luck to you and your family

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Old 04-09-2013, 11:34 AM   #14
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Very sorry to hear.
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Old 04-09-2013, 11:42 AM   #15
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I'm pretty new and don't really know many on here, but I believe in God and the power or prayer. I just sent one up for you and your family and will continue to do so. May God be with you and your family each step.
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Old 04-09-2013, 11:47 AM   #16
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Well that just put a lump in my throat. Prayers for you and your family. I will say this, a friend of mine's dad was diagnosed with ALS and went to Germany to try some stem cell research. They did work wonders for a while and gave him a little bit longer.
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Old 04-09-2013, 12:22 PM   #17
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Acock, you have my thoughts. I just want to stress one thing if the diagnosis is confirmed -- the progression is variable. So fight like a motherf***er, and enjoy every day with your family, like I know you will. Absolutely feel free to share or vent in this forum -- after all where else can you get idiots to correct your grammar for free!
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Old 04-09-2013, 12:41 PM   #18
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Thanks for sharing. God bless you and let's continue to believe for miracles. Live it up until the end and have no regrets. We are all on the clock.
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Old 04-09-2013, 12:42 PM   #19
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So sorry to read this. You and your family will be in my prayers.
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Prayers brother.
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