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Imminent Death of a Friend

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posted on Apr, 28 2010 @ 04:07 AM
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Well, it is with no little sorrow that I come to relate the imminent death of one of my dear friends, and I trust that he has received the Holy Spirit.

The inestimable Rock & Roll Historian Bill Griggs was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer, of the immediate variety.

Specialists have given Bill 6 to 9 months to "get his affairs in order."

Friends and celebrities the world over are following his personal forum, The Rockin' 50s, and I can see that the forum updates will metamorphose into a death vigil as the months pass.

I just turned 50 in December, and the GP has been dogging me to have a colonoscopy, even though all my other tests just blow him away. At 50, I'm as strong as a horse, my bones are still flexible, I have great lifting strength, and I have a history of defying death, literally. Broken neck in 1980 (C1 vertebra broken clean through in 2 places), orbital skull fracture in 1984, and severe bacterial meningitis in 1993.

With each of these close calls, the doctors have remarked, "Well, it may not have killed you, but it took at least 10 years off your life." Truth told, if all my close calls were revealed to the medical community, they'd calculate my lifespan in negative numbers right now.

I'll tell you right up front, I don't trust doctors to make pronouncements on who-dies-when. They're consistently WRONG, and they're often wrong by DECADES.

One thing that I learned from the medical technicians right there at ground zero (the people gingerly grappling my battered body and standing Death Watch over me in ICU) is that they have a VERY healthy respect for the human WILL to LIVE.

There ARE miracles of healing, make no mistake, the Texas Medical Center is FULL of "miracle recovery" stories, and the highest paid professionals in medicine today will tell you that Science doesn't know jack # about the indomitable human spirit. Science can't weigh the spirit, can't measure it, can't quantify it in any way.

And yet, when physicians have done all they can do, they TURN IT OVER to the SPIRIT. They still do that to this day, to this very moment.

Ask any physician, any specialist... Even if the sonofabitch is an atheist, he'll have to concede that medical miracles DO HAPPEN, and they're documented!

So, on the one hand we can think about miracle recovery, but on the other hand we need to remain rational and accept the cycle of life, which, in my best estimation, is a WIN-WIN scenario.

Either way, a fabulous life is lived, lives are touched across the whole damned planet, and you leave a rich, rich legacy.

— Doc Velocity




posted on Apr, 28 2010 @ 04:36 AM
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Weeks ago, my sister was in the ICU on life support. Everyone I talked to at the hospital said things like, "it doesn't look good." They talked in percentages of functioning. I just prayed and prayed. She came out of it, and now she's home. Everyone was so sure she wouldn't make it. She survived bird flu and pnuemonia.

[edit on 28-4-2010 by Nemesis0123]



posted on Apr, 28 2010 @ 07:59 AM
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Hey Doc, sorry to hear of your friends illness. I hope his spirits are good and he is not in pain.
2 and a half years ago I got very sick with a spinal ailment. The doctors never could give me a clear diagnosis but there was an anomaly in my spinal cord that they said could be astrocytoma. My wife and I left the doctors office devastate since astrocytoma is 100% fatal with a 1 to 2 year survival. Once you get over the shock of the idea of dying you see everything in a new light. From that point on I realized that wasting time is to waste your life. All the things I had wanted to try I decided I just had to do. That bad diagnosis was one of the greatest gifts I've ever recieved!
Since that time I have been the happiest I have ever been in my whole life. I am grateful for each and every day and take things as they come. Whatever the anomaly was that was in my spinal cord disappeared! So no fatal cancer but I have had swelling of the cord and constant pain since.
Things you thought you could never handle you will find out that you can when the time comes. Stay positive and you never know what may happen. I count myself as being the recipient of a miracle. The doctors can't explain why I got better even though the finest specialists on the east coast have reviewed my case. Life is still far from easy and I'm greatly weakened but I have joy in my heart that I never had before. Somebody, somewhere, is looking out for me. They're looking out for you too, you just have to accept divine providence and realize the universe is much bigger than you and that you are but a small, but important part of it.
Best wishes to Bill, I hope that he can find the same happiness that I have regardless of his prognosis. As for you Doc, your job as his friend is to share and be there with him. I'm betting you're one heckuva good friend and will be there for him each step of the way.

Regards, ATA



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