Let me introduce you to an great man!!!  

Catdoc2000 56M
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8/27/2006 5:56 pm

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Let me introduce you to an great man!!!

My dad was a Greatman! Maybe not great as many people would define it, he wasn't a millionaire or a sports phenom. He suffered Polio and scarlet fever when he was around 11 yrs old. He had severe curvature of the spine and epilepsy as a result. He went to Akron children's' hospital for some experimental treatment. (the premier children's hospital in the world at that time) I never got all the details but from what I understand in 3 surgeries they removed his spinal column and replaced it with the spinal column out of a boy who died of heart failure. He had a scar from the base of his neck to his tail bone that was over an inch wide. He wore a full body cast for nearly a year where he could only move his right arm from the elbow down and his left leg from the knee down. After that he had to wear a back truss for a year that put all his upper body weight on his hips. Fun way to spend your early teens huh? In the end his back still curved quite a bit. He never once complained that his back was crooked or that he couldn't do something because of it. He never blamed the hospital or cursed his luck. He worked all his life and never let it bother him in any way. My mom left when I was 4 and believe it or not dad turned down some women because he didn't want the disruption in our lives he wanted to be my dad. As I grew older I would not let myself be embarrassed to be seen with him anywhere or under any circumstance. I was proud to be his son because he did it all with less. In 1997 he had a small fatty tumor on his back and he wanted it removed. During the pre-op physical they found a large aneurysm on his aorta. Dad owned his own small business and had no health insurance. He was 60yrs old and had a nice little nest egg for retirement, owned his house and was debt free. I went to a consultation session with the cardiac surgeon and the hospital staff about his options. The bottom line was he could afford the surgery but it would take all his retirement money or he could sign everything over to me or my sister and try to get Medicaid. My dad asked the surgeon what would happen when the thing blew and was told he'd be dead within 5 minutes. Dad said that would be better than being old with no money. On Feb 1st 2000 it blew. Dad lived life on his own terms and he died on his own terms. That is a lesson I hope to pass on to my son.....


8/27/2006 6:58 pm

He sounds like a wonderful man. Thank you for sharing

Catdoc2000 56M

8/27/2006 7:18 pm

Of course I could've made this post a lot longer, he really made the most out of a very difficult life and never acted put upon for it or gloated over his success over his difficulties.....

florallei 99F

8/27/2006 9:43 pm

WOW what a legacy to leave to a son Catdoc. You were blessed to have had him as your Father. Incredible human being he was and thank you for sharing your story....have to get tissue Hun...

Catdoc2000 56M

8/28/2006 12:50 am

Well Flor it was your cloning post that triggered this one and probably the next one so THANK YOU! Stay tuned.....

dasher121 36M

8/28/2006 4:36 am

def sounds like a great man and obviously had a positive impact on yoursel, as all great people should. Like you said, listen learn, and then pass on what you've learned. Thats the cosmic flow of things, the balance.

great post,


Catdoc2000 56M

8/28/2006 2:58 pm

He was a great role model that's for sure! I can understand though how the children of uber successful parents can have issues with their own self worth....

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