An open Letter to Allen Says, Big Mike, Paul Myers et al

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This is basically to those who know me and the efforts that members of this forum went to in order to assist me when I was down and out as a result of medical costs.

In particular to Allen Says, Big Mike, Paul Myers, those who donated and those who blogged and tweeted about my predicament.

Due to my silence in the intervening years, since the members of this forum saved my skin, it probably appeared that I took the money, cut and ran.

I’m sorry I gave that impression, it wasn’t intentional… I’ve been pretty ill during the years since then.

Last year alone I was probably on the net all of 4 or 5 hours but in ICU on over 14 separate occasions plus a number of admissions to general wards.

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Sidebar: Before anyone gets the impression I’m looking for more assistance… Nope I’m financially OK /Sidebar
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In 2010 apart from the non-surgical admissions I had 2 spinal operations which resulted in me not being able to sit at a desk for more than a couple of minutes at a time… This lasted for months. I still can’t use my arms to type for more than a couple of minutes. (The operation to the cervical spine went wrong)

I also had open heart surgery which was left until the last minute as the docs reckoned I had less than a 30% chance of survival… My wife was told to expect the worst… This, leaving the op until the last minute, was one of the reasons for the multiple hospital admissions.

I was recovering pretty brilliantly from the heart surgery when I had numerous lung emboli, which resulted in my spending most of December 2010 and January this year in hospital. I was discharged mid-January on 24 hours continuous home oxygen which lasted to mid Feb, and then started again to end March.

Physically I could probably have made this post in or around April this year; unfortunately I was pretty depressed… I have Bi-polar mood disorder, which is generally pretty well controlled, but the ongoing health hassles kind of took over for a while there and I couldn’t get my act together. I’m OK now.

Whilst it may seem that the above is an attempt to elicit sympathy it isn’t… au contraire it’s in an endeavour to explain my long silence, to those who assisted me and to assert that I have never been, and am not now, ungrateful for that help. Under normal circumstances I would never have revealed the bi-polar condition, in the open, on the internet… regrettably there’s still a certain stigma attached to it in certain quarters.

Getting on to the topic of that help… It did precisely what it was intended to do, in that it enabled me to stave off the most pressing medical creditors and use the breathing space to sell my house to settle everything.

We moved towns and are on a medical aid which has paid for most of the cost associated with my major medical expenses. The rest I have been able to cover. In effect, members of this forum saved my life, as, if I had been forced to use the govt health service it is highly unlikely I would have survived.

I earnestly hope that this letter will go some way toward dispelling any ill feeling that may have resulted from my disappearance. I would also like it to reflect and reinforce my gratitude to members of this forum for the assistance received.

Thank you,

Michael

PS: I am well aware that there are probably those on this forum who overcome far more serious physical challenges on a daily basis… I admire them.
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  • Profile picture of the author tehnolife
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    I hope you're better now. I think we all understand how hard was for you, so don't worry, we don't judge you.

    God be with you my friend!
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    • Profile picture of the author Ricky Allen
      Hi Michael

      Great to have you back.


      Hm, I seem to have found a new ebook of mine I need you to say nice things about. LOL.

      Heck seems you even moved towns to shake me off.

      Seriously, I am so pleased you are back here, take care.

      Ricky
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  • Profile picture of the author RobCopywriter
    Ah Its sad how people can come to conclusions like that It happens alot on youtube, I tend to subscribe to alot of people and if they don't upload a video for a while people tend to lose faith and unsubscribe! I hope your feeling better now! And in the future.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kesso
    I was unaware of your problems when they occured, but I do hope and wish you that you have fully recovered.
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  • Profile picture of the author rosetrees
    It never occurred to me for a moment that you had cut and run. Serious medical issues don't just disappear.

    I'm pleased you're feeling up to posting again, that in itself must seem like a giant hurdle that you have leapt. Keep on fighting and keep on posting.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Mayo
    Michael,
    Welcome back my friend!
    You were dearly missed by many Warriors.

    I started a post a while back trying to find out how you were doing and no one
    seemed to have a clue.

    I'm really glad you were able to sort things out and you're feeling better.

    Will we be seeing more of you around here in the future? Hope so.

    As was before, If there is anything I can do to help feel free to contact me.

    Have a Great Day!
    Michael
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  • Profile picture of the author Thomas
    Glad to hear things are improving for you, Michael.

    (And welcome back )
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  • Profile picture of the author John Taylor
    Michael,

    Good to see you back in the forum. I've missed your
    sense of humour. ;-)

    John
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  • Profile picture of the author timpears
    Good to see you back Michael. I am glad you are doing better. Hope that in time you are able to return to your old self. Medical problems can take a lot out of you. And so often we just think that our issues are more than we can handle, until we see or hear of someone who is worse off than you.

    But you seem like you have a strong will, and that will save you if nothing else does. Keep on keeping on Michael.

    Thanks for letting us know.
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    Good to see you back also. I wasn't aware of your problems, but glad to see you pulled through them. I doubt that anyone here would think that you would cut and run.
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  • Profile picture of the author Victoria Gates
    I certainly hope that you are doing much better and continue to improve.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris W. Sutton
    Michael, of all the people in the WF who have been helped financially, I don't believe that ANYONE deserved it more than you. It is small payment for all that you have done for us here!

    I hope things just get better and better!

    Take care!
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    • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
      Michael... Dude!

      I don't think anyone who knows you thought anything but "I hope he's okay." And I'm certain we're all glad to hear that you are better now.

      Welcome back to the nuthouse, Mr Tracey!


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    • Profile picture of the author Tina Golden
      I know that you've given a lot to this forum through the years and I know that those who assisted you did so in appreciation of all your hard work. It's a testament to the true Warrior spirit - not only the outpouring of love for you when you needed it most, but that the core of this community comes together to take care of our own.

      I'm glad to see you're doing better and I hope the improved health continues and grows so we can see you around here more often.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Oksa
    Hi Michael,

    "Cut and run" never entered my mind.

    You know that feeling you get when you see a friend you haven't seen in years? THAT'S the feeling I had when reading your post. Glad to hear things are getting better.

    For what it's worth, I have been on the receiving end of the Warrior Community's generosity and it only goes to show why this is the best forum ('forum' doesn't quite cover it, but no need for semantics) online.

    Take care, and...

    All the best,
    Michael
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  • Profile picture of the author Willie Crawford
    Good to hear from you Michael.


    I hope that well see a lot more of you around here.

    Let me know if there is anything that I can do for you.

    Willie
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  • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
    Okay, Michael, now you know just how much of a celebrity you are. You even got Jack to post.


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    • Profile picture of the author Jack Humphrey
      Originally Posted by Paul Myers View Post

      Okay, Michael, now you know just how much of a celebrity you are. You even got Jack to post.


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      LOL - how are ya Paul!
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      • Profile picture of the author Ashleydupray
        WOW, Nope I don't know you nor have ever heard until this thread.
        I've got to say you may be one of the strongest human beings I have ever
        been this close to knowing.

        Wow God speed on all your good health!.

        You are simply amazing.

        I wish you well you seem like an amazing individual.
        As I see you have many fans.

        Please take care
        and nice to meet you.
        Ashley
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  • Profile picture of the author Thaddaeus T. Hogg
    Dang Michael, it shore is good havin you back where you belong! I gots to say that I shore have been missin you. Did you know that you and yore brother Dick are two of my favoritist folks!

    I remember when you was laid up an all, I immediately sent two hogs over to Mr. Myers to deliver to you. I shore hope you got lots a bacon from them oinkers! Mr. Myers assured me that he would send them right over there to South America.

    I earnestly hope that this letter will go some way toward dispelling any ill feeling
    It shore did! I got up this morning with a bit of a back ache but after readin your post, it has done got up and gone away!

    I STILL cain't get over how much you shore do look like Sean Connery!

    Anyhew, Michael, I shore hope yore giddyup done got up and I shore hope you get completely recovered. I'd shore nuff like to come down there and take you possum huntin! You bein the conisewer of cookin, I bet you could fry up some mighty fine possum back with chittlin gravy!

    You take care now, you hear?
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    Welcome back, Michael. I hope your health continues to improve. I also hope we see more of you around the forum as it does.
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  • Profile picture of the author Charlotte Jay
    I don't know you as evident by my join date, but I wanted to say thanks to you for your dedication to this forum. Your story is inspirational to me, who thinks I have it tough with juggling my IM business, two young kids and a menagerie of animals. I really don't, and your story puts it all back in perspective. I applaud you for telling a crowd of virtual strangers (yes, pun intended) about your ill health and subsequent disappearance, and especially about bi-polar as a mental illness. I have a sister who suffers from bi-polar but refuses to get it under control-it's really frustrating to say the least.

    Anyway, I am sending get well vibes to you from across the pond. Lovely to "meet" you, I hope you stick around so I can get to know you better!
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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      So good to see you here, Michael. Have wondered many times how you were doing - but "cut and run" never would occur to me where you are concerned.

      I'm so happy things have improved for you financially - and hope your health continues to get better, too.

      Seeing you post here is like a breath of fresh air today.

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  • Profile picture of the author Ken28
    I wasn't around then, but really glad to hear someone beat the odds and is doing well.
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    Welcome back Michael and glad to hear from you!
    best,
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  • Profile picture of the author Sparhawke
    I do not know your story or cannot relate to what you have been through lately but welcome back to the forum, and do not worry about having bi-polar, I think if people were honest with themselves at least 10% of the population have some kind of "disorder"...I myself am considered nuts by some corners of society but I have found that once people know the issues some have to deal with they usually are far more understanding, except those people that you really don't want to be bothered with in the first place anyway

    Just glad you are on the mend
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  • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
    It was a privellege reading that. Hope you make a full recovery Michael.
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