I know I have met many of you over the years, please bear with me as I introduce myself to those of you who I have not had the privilege of meeting. I have been "around", training and teaching Uechi-ryu for many years. I am located on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma cancer, Feb.of 1996.A 15cm myeloma tumer had pretty well eaten away my left pelvic bone and by this time gotten into my bones, thus bone cancer. I must admit that I went through some serious pain and disablement for about 1 yr. before diagnosis. Some of that was my fault, I advise anyone who will listen that if your body is telling you something, LISTEN! I had a bone marrow transplant Dec. 6, 1996.This saved my life and the reason I am here, talking about it, is that there is no doubt in my mind that my Uechi training pulled me through all the treatment before the xplant and the xplant itself. Average survival for this disease is 24 to 36 months after diagnosis. I am now in my 33rd month and have no plans on leaving for a long time. My body was strong, my mind is still strong and I want to help anyone out there cope as I have. I will be posting different experiences that relate to my training and recovery. I AM NOT cured, there is no cure, but I will fight it as hard as I can for as long as I can. Handicaps can be devestating, especially to active people like us. Let's hear your experiences and how you have coped. If it is a small handicap like mine or something more, please come on in!!. I am able to teach Uechi, I play golf regularly, (most of the time with Sensei Mattson, and sometimes I even beat him,,,no great accomplishment, ahem) and I am a bit active in by business. I am 61 yrs old and I can't accept that either. Thank you for being here, thank you Uechi-Ryu for pulling me through the pits. God bless!!
[This message has been edited by caddybill (edited 11-11-98).]