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   Posted 9/21/2009 10:24 PM (GMT -6)   
 I found out this morning that a good friend of mine died yesterday. His name was Sandy and I had known him many years. Like me he had crohns. He had also fought and defeated colon cancer,  losing a large part of his colon and also his spleen in the battle. But it was not this directly that killed him. It was a fever brought on by a tick bite . We understand it carried a form of tick fever common here and his body just could not fight it off. The doctors did all they could . His immune system was just too weak. He leaves a wife and a daughter and many friends.
 I will miss his smile, his sense of humor and his good advice , for when it comes to crohns, he had truly been there and done that. I will carry with me his determination to live life af fully as possible . I will remember him always .
If we would read the secret history of our enemies,we would find in each mans life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.

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   Posted 9/21/2009 10:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Sniper, I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with ya'll.
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   Posted 9/22/2009 12:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Sorry to hear that we've lost a brother. He must have been a good man to leave you with such a memory.

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   Posted 9/22/2009 5:06 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm so sorry for your loss.
Stephanie, 29, married for 10 wonderful years and mommy to two awesome toddlers
dx with Crohn's 4/2003, in remission from 11/2003 to 7/2009
omeprazole 40mg, zoloft 100mg, apriso 1500mg, dicyclomine 3/day
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   Posted 9/22/2009 5:13 AM (GMT -6)   
I am sorry to hear you lost such a dear friend.
Dx'd with Crohns 1984 and polycystic kidney disease in 1996
Bowel Resection surgery 2006, Now on Asacol, Endocort, folic acid, and Enalapril,

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   Posted 9/22/2009 6:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Frightening that one can die from a tick bite. Hang in there. Our thoughts are with you, and your friend's family.
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Then continued with:

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   Posted 9/22/2009 7:21 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm so sorry to hear of your loss Sniper.  What a good friend you had, and he will always be with you.  Sending you smiles and hugs:)

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   Posted 9/22/2009 7:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Sniper I'm sorry to hear of the loss of your friend. I hope you are holding up and can feel all the support we are sending you. ((((HUGS))))

CD 20 years officially, 30 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Managing with strict low residue diet, keeping symptoms to a minimum. All test show small amount of ulceration, still have occasional blockages. But still have a great time with my 2 daughters and husband!

Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....

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   Posted 9/22/2009 8:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh Sniper I am so sorry to hear of your friends passing. My God be with you and his family during this difficult time.

Big Hugs
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   Posted 9/22/2009 9:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the love and support. You guys mean a lot to my wife and I. We will be making the long drive to the funeral tommorow and my old gut ,of course, is on the fritz. Had my remicade yesterday so maybe it will kick in and help out. Its going to be a long day.
I just want to say one more thing to you all. While this is a rare thing , it does make us think of just how fragile this DD makes us. Even more reason to enjoy all the life we have. Take the time to talk to friends and loved ones. Hug them every time you get the chance. Say whats in your heart . Make someone laugh . If we all new the hour the bell will toll for us we would live a different way..... Live that way . Thanks again, you are all in my heart..
If we would read the secret history of our enemies,we would find in each mans life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.

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   Posted 9/22/2009 9:35 AM (GMT -6)   
I'll be praying for you Viper. I'm really sorry to hear that about your friend.
Solanges: )

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   Posted 9/22/2009 11:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Sorry to hear about your dear friend. Safe trip tomorrow.


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   Posted 9/22/2009 3:23 PM (GMT -6)   
So sorry for your loss, good friends are hard to find (((hugs)))
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   Posted 9/22/2009 7:14 PM (GMT -6)   
What terrible news Sniper. My deepest sympathies to you on the loss of your friend.
33 y/o male. Dx'ed in 1999. No surgeries.

Current meds: Humira 2/27/09. Proferrin iron pills.

Tried SCD, didn't work, now avoiding gluten and dairy.

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   Posted 9/22/2009 9:57 PM (GMT -6)   
So sorry for your loss....

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   Posted 9/22/2009 10:26 PM (GMT -6)   
:-( sorry to hear


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   Posted 9/22/2009 10:29 PM (GMT -6)   
My condolences.
Diagnosed with CD July 2007
Currently on Remicade, Imuran, probiotics, folic acid, multivitamin.

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   Posted 9/22/2009 11:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I am so sorry to hear about your friend. I hope you have a safe drive. What state are in where they have ticks??

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DX with CD of the TI in 2004 by colonoscpy biopsy, with partical obstructions x 3. Anemic, constant elevated ESR & WBC. Constant abd. pain and fatique.    
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   Posted 9/22/2009 11:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Sniper, I thought I posted, but probably hit the wrong key, anyway wanted to say I'm so sorry for the loss of your friend. Also, you are so right, we need to make our time here count. Bets

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   Posted 9/22/2009 11:52 PM (GMT -6)   
I am sorry....that is sad..and so hard...hugs*

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   Posted 9/23/2009 1:01 PM (GMT -6)   
((((((((((((((HUGS)))))))))))))) Sniper, I'm so sorry for your loss....he was very lucky to have you as a friend.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)

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   Posted 9/24/2009 11:21 AM (GMT -6)   
One more flag draped coffin, one less vet and the world is a less joyful place. I never knew my friend when he was a pilot in the Airforce, I met him after they grounded him with a crohns dx. My wife worked with his wife when they did census many years ago and then worked for him when he was county agent here. We never lost touch when they moved away but I regret never being able to have a long visit with them after they were gone. We had a lot of history as well as interests in common. Motorcycles, bee keeping, fishing and hunting. Crohns was something else we shared, oddly enough. He bore it with dignity and humor and when I was dx he was there to share his experience.
His daughter bravely gave the eulogy . We were so proud of her and I know he was too .I know I could never have held my emotions enough to do it. Women are much tougher than most of us guys will admit, but I will. He was buried with the same honor and dignity with which he lived.
The autopsy results are not all in yet but it is suspected that he died from Rocky mountain spotted fever contracted by tick bite. There have been two other cases there where he lived and he had all the symptoms. Doctors used all the treatments for it that they could but he went down too fast. I know he is back in the sky that he loved. I will miss him.
Not2spunky, he was living in north east louisiana near the mississippi line. We have ticks in south louisiana too but not as many.
If we would read the secret history of our enemies,we would find in each mans life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.

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   Posted 9/24/2009 1:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Someone up here in Minnesota caught RMSF earlier this summer. I am working at an agency which deals with ticks in the area, and having RMSF up here is very rare. It's too bad a little tick brought down such a good guy.
Diagnosed with CD July 2007
Currently on Remicade, Imuran, probiotics, folic acid, multivitamin.

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   Posted 9/24/2009 7:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Sniper my dear dear friend I am so sorry for the loss of your friend......Know I am thinking bout you and Camillia.........Take some solace in the fact and knowledge that he was a true friend and he does know you are thinking of him and his family...You are truly a friend to so many.......Luv Lyn

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Post Edited (Howlyncat) : 9/25/2009 6:55:28 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 9/25/2009 12:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I am so sorry to hear.... my condolences.
20/f - Diagnosed with Crohn's for 6 years. ~ Waiting to backpack through Europe ~
Western Medication - Imuran & Entocourt
Currently on Remicade (First Infusion January 26th/09 - Next Infusion Oct 8/09)
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