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Discussion in 'Off-topic Zone' started by needforspeed, Apr 6, 2007.

  1. needforspeed

    needforspeed Legend in my spare time

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    installed(?) behind his right eye to relieve pressure on a cyst. The cyst has formed on part of his optic nerve so they can't remove it completely. When fluid builds up, it causes loss of vision, headaches, and seizures. This is the third time in 2 years that he's had what amounts to brain surgery. He came home today and he's doing pretty good.

    What absolutely breaks my heart is this: he's a natural athlete, but because of the seizure risk, he's restricted from sports. He showed tremendous promise as an outfielder who could hit for average as well as power. He's 6'4", weighs 245 lbs and wears size 17 shoes. It would kill most guys to have that kind of size and not be able to participate in contact sports.

    So, how does he cope with the sports restriction? He plays in the band. Keyboards, drums, guitar, bass. And he encourages others who face difficulties. He volunteered his time in places like Pass Christian, Mississippi, delivering supplies to victims of Katrina. Even though his own home had nearly been destroyed by another Gulf Coast hurricane. He tutors other students in science and math. His newly rebuilt home has become a safe haven for kids who are struggling with all manner of issues. I'm very proud of him and today I'm concerned for his health. But when I'm tempted to have a pity party for myself because life rained on my parade, I think of my nephew, Tony. He's living proof that when life gives you lemons, you can make lemon bars and sell them at a benefit bake sale.;)
  2. CoCo

    CoCo Well-Known Member

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    Great story.

    How old is he?
  3. bbgun

    bbgun Benched

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    He sounds very resilient.
  4. needforspeed

    needforspeed Legend in my spare time

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    He's 17. Soon to be 18.
  5. needforspeed

    needforspeed Legend in my spare time

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    He comes from good stock.:D
  6. 28bringinthewood

    28bringinthewood New Member

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    Wow! Very inspiring story. You are right... he must come from good stock! :)

    Seriously... thanks for sharing! I wish him all the best!
  7. the kid 05

    the kid 05 Individuals play the game, but teams beat the odds

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    get him a chopper so you three (him, u , and his pops) can go for a ride and go fishing :) just a thought
  8. needforspeed

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    His dad has been experiencing bike envy ever since I bought that Kawasaki. :D

    Seriously, they live in FL. I live in IA. Good ride, but I wouldn't want to do it very often.
  9. the kid 05

    the kid 05 Individuals play the game, but teams beat the odds

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    wow, thats a kawasaki? its good to see they dont only do pocket rockets, very sharp looking.
  10. Signals

    Signals Suspicious looking stranger

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    Good read, thanks for the inspiring story.
  11. needforspeed

    needforspeed Legend in my spare time

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    Thank you for taking the time to read it.:)
  12. needforspeed

    needforspeed Legend in my spare time

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    Thank you. It was my birthday present to myself.

    Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 Classic
    fuel injected
    shaft drive
    front dual disc brakes
    air-adjustable shocks
    1600 cc V-twin (rubber mounted)
    hydraulic-assisted clutch
    4" slash-cut exhaust pipes with baffles

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