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Date: 08 Jan 2001
Remote Name: 188.8.131.52
My name is Robert and I am a casualty of AVASCULAR NECROSIS at the age of 38. By occupation I have been an underground miner all my life mining from coal to prcious metals. Pain has been an unwanted friend of mine for years. I have been operated on for knees 3 times, shoulder 3 times, back (L5-S1)one time. All of which were work related (occupational hazards as they say) College educated, supervisor,mechanic, electrician,foreman state and federal certified. What I am getting at is why the HELL me. Dedicated family man. The only thing I can figure is that my drive and desire to support my family led me to work instead of being a lame duck. Corticosteroids for all the pain and ailments led to my AVN. As well as a few roof and rib falls. 19,17and four are my childrens ages Wife is an R.N. I dont worry about us but the four year old is what really gets me down. I keep a picture of him on my sun visor. After my diagnosis I left the Dr. office and drove home in the sun,pulling down the sun visor,seeing his picture tore me up to the point I had to pull off the road. It is not why me but why HIM,he is such an outgoing child. With wanting to be like daddy and hunt and fish,go camping,play golf. It is stage 3 in my rt. hip and 2 in my left, the pain is unreal. I still go to work every day and do all I can at work and at home. But for how long. I know this letter sounds low but I need to talk about this outside my family with somebody who has been there. Crying and feeling sorry does nothing but bring us and those around us down. Thank you for your site, it is good to talk sometime. May GOD bless us all.