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Postby Ripley451 » Sat Jan 13, 2007 6:19 pm

Just thought I'd apologise for not being around much over the past couple of months. This was due to spending far too much time climbing and chilling. I'm now likely to be away a bit more...

...over the last 2 months I've been feeling dizzy and breatheless on exertion, plus occasional chest pain, even just going up one flight of stairs would bring these symptoms on.

Yesterday I had an appointment at a local hospital to investigate this. It didn't take long for me to be admitted to a Coronary Care Unit, where my worst fears were confirmed (someone else had eaten all of the pies I hear you say...) and I was diagnosed with Idiopathic Primary Pulmonary Hypertension; a disease that has killed my mum, her mum, one of her aunts, 2 of her sisters, and a few other relatives :cry: The upshot is that I am going to be referred to a specialist team in Sheffield (Northern England) within the next month. The life expectancy is 2-3 years post diagnosis. This will only be extended if I have a heart and lung transplant. There are quite a few good things in my favour for postive treatment including a double transplant (I'll ask for a tummy tuck at the same time :lol: ).

Here's to a transplant coordinator saying "We've got a heart and lungs that'll suit you sir!"

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Postby LJ » Sat Jan 13, 2007 6:25 pm

Well mate, we are all with you. If you need anything at all then just let us know. Keep us posted on your progress.

As for the tummy tuck, just let those doctors do one thing at a time :wink:

I'm just a car ride away if you do need anything.
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Postby Ripley451 » Sat Jan 13, 2007 6:30 pm

Cheers Lee :) But would you Lancashire passport be accepted in Yorkshire? :lol:
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Postby Rasmus » Sat Jan 13, 2007 7:06 pm

My thoughts are with you. Here's to getting better in 07 :cheers:
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Postby Thomskie » Sat Jan 13, 2007 7:08 pm

Ripley, I know how it feels to get a bad diagnosis. Just try to look at the bright side of life...
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Postby Wesley » Sat Jan 13, 2007 7:57 pm

My thoughts are with you as well Ripley. Please keep us updated.
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Postby Adrien » Sat Jan 13, 2007 9:00 pm

Oh, that's indeed a bad diagnosis.
I hope you the best, I wish you good luck and I send you a lot of courage!

We are all with you my friend.
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Postby mathi » Sat Jan 13, 2007 9:20 pm

F%$king hell man :shock: and i was moaning this morning my legs were sore !
Hope every thing goes ok .
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Postby dagjonas » Sat Jan 13, 2007 9:21 pm

Sad to hear.
All the best from Norway.
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Postby De Vingard » Sat Jan 13, 2007 9:22 pm

Hi Ripley,

life's not always a chocolate cake; I've had to learn this the past 3 years, too! :(

Whatever happens, don't lose your moral!

Hopefully, you can handle this! I wish you all the best!
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Postby Taniwha » Sat Jan 13, 2007 10:03 pm

Mate,

What a shocker!
Ditch the northern winter, get your backside down here for a spot of summer and I'll take you fishing.

Take care.
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Postby Fibre-Lyte » Sat Jan 13, 2007 10:06 pm

LJ has already said what I was thinking so I won't repeat it .... and ditto on the if you need anything, I'm not too far down the road :wink:

The consultants in the north are without doubt the best :wink: although I think your pushing your luck with the tummy tuck :lol:

All the best :grin:
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Postby Ripley451 » Sat Jan 13, 2007 10:24 pm

Taniwha wrote:Mate,

What a shocker!
Ditch the northern winter, get your backside down here for a spot of summer and I'll take you fishing.

Take care.


That would depend on a doctor writing a letter to say I'm fit to fly :lol:

If no viable organs come up, any chance of knocking a set up please, Stephen, in plain twill if poss?
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Postby Boonen » Sat Jan 13, 2007 10:27 pm

Thats shocking news :(
I hope you can get the right treatment and get over all this, all the best from me as well!
Let us know how you do every now and then.
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Postby Ripley451 » Sat Jan 13, 2007 10:28 pm

De Vingard wrote:...life's not always a chocolate cake...


Thank goodnes! I hate chocolate cake :vomit:


:lol:

Thanks guys. I'll be trying to keep as positive as I can, its only just starting to sink in though.

Its only one day since I've been given this diagnosis, and I won't be meeting the specialists until about a months time, when treatment regimes/medication will be dicussed and a full assessment is carried out.

Some offers have been amazing - 3 mates who are Paramedic's have offered, in the eventuality of me getting a transplant offer, to drive me to whichever hospital I'd need to be at whether they're on duty or not. Its really strange being on the receiving end of NHS treatment after years of working in the National Health Service.

It seems cruel to have had, in one day, the vast majority of my dreams shattered, be they climbing or riding goals, but the hardest one is that I'll not be able to do my EMT/Paramedic training. On the other hand I've made some great friends, been to some great places unlike the patients on the ward above me (a childrens intensive care unit specializing in ECMO ) who haven't lived much at all. At the moment the symptoms just mean that I've stopped riding until I get told if its safe, but will still be climbing.


I'll keep you all updated though. Thank you for the support guys, it does help with a positive mindset

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