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snowmonkey
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PostFri Jun 26, 2020 3:20 pm 
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So sorry to hear- I will miss your posts. Hoping your hiking memories of PNW beauty will comfort you on your challenging journey.
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Dayhike Mike
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PostFri Jun 26, 2020 3:47 pm 
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Omg, buddy. Iím so sorry to hear this. Will be thinking about you and praying for you. Thereís gotta be something they can do. We donít want to lose you. Love you, man.

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PostFri Jun 26, 2020 4:22 pm 
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Hey BPJ, fight every day. Huge respect for your authenticity and the value you've brought to this site for so many years. Hoping technology can find you solutions to ease this transition. You're in my thoughts.  up.gif  up.gif
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Gwen
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PostFri Jun 26, 2020 5:48 pm 
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Well crap, Tom,  that's just about as effed up as you can get. I'm hoping there's something that can be done to turn the tables for you. The community has been richer because of your involvement. Sure hope you can stick around, but, more importantly, hope you can find ways to get out in the woods and hills. If you need anything, reach out.

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kleet
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PostFri Jun 26, 2020 5:53 pm 
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Tom,
I haven't posted for something like 10 years, but had to log in to wish you the best. Please contact me if you need anything. We're sort of neighbors now, so I would be happy to help you out in any way you need. It's the kind of thing I've seen you do for so many on this site. I'll be sending good vibes and hopes for the best your way.
-kleet
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seawallrunner
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PostFri Jun 26, 2020 6:04 pm 
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Hi Tom I am sad to hear about what is happening and I am keeping you in my prayers.
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Slugman
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PostFri Jun 26, 2020 6:15 pm 
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Sad news. Hang in there my friend.

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Elvis
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PostFri Jun 26, 2020 7:00 pm 
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BPJ, so sorry to hear your news and my heart goes out to you.  I pray technology can help alleviate some of the challenges sooner rather than later.

Thanks for all your shared experiences here over the years; you've been on my radar as long as I can remember and I frequently relay your stories to others while on the trail.

Stay positive, open to alternatives and never lose hope!!

Elvis

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Kat
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PostFri Jun 26, 2020 7:23 pm 
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How horrifying for you Tom, I am so sorry. Sending good wishes your way, hang in there.
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PostFri Jun 26, 2020 7:29 pm 
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What a bummer for you and for us all; you always contribute honestly and regularly.  Looks like Rumi had some good advice and I hope it helps... I truely hope you continue to post and contribute here, if you are able. First and foremost, best to adapting and managing and accepting your present life as well as you can.
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moonspots
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PostFri Jun 26, 2020 8:12 pm 
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FiresideChats wrote:
BPJ - So sorry to hear this. That's rough. Prayers to you of peace and hope of continued discovery of opportunity and interests.

I have enjoyed reading so many of your trip reports. The Backpacker Joe Falls Lake bear encounter is a staple tale of my Outdoor Adventure class for middle school kids. I try to do it justice.

Phil

Yes, I hope you're able to continue posting here, and are able in some fashion to get out, if even only occasionally. And that bear story is just the one I was thinking of! Great story!

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PostFri Jun 26, 2020 8:42 pm 
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BPJ, you were one of the first handles that stood out to me when I joined this site years ago as a novice hiker / recreationalist.  We have never met or communicated but I've admired the persona and character that you've exhibited online.

I can only imagine how terrifying and dark this time is for you, but hopefully as others have said there are solutions out there that can help.  Thanks for all of the past inspiration and your presence on this site, and best wishes for your future.
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borank
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PostFri Jun 26, 2020 8:55 pm 
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I'm Stunned!  Thoughts and prayers go your way, of course.  May your faith grow and uphold you as you move forward.
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PostFri Jun 26, 2020 11:56 pm 
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BPJ, I am so sorry to hear this. I hope you can find comfort knowing how much so many people on this site care about you.
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Bryan K
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PostSat Jun 27, 2020 12:00 am 
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Tom, youíve been a huge asset to this site and the PNW hiking community for as long as I can remember. When I regularly posted I looked forward to your contributions to the site. Iím sorry to hear that youíre saying goodbye. I do hope that something at some point soon can help restore your vision so you can enjoy the great outdoors again. Take good care of yourself and donít give up.

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