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Roly Poly
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PostSat Jun 27, 2020 6:26 am 
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I am so sorry to hear about this.  It’s a very shocking turn of events and I cannot imagine how you feel.  I hope there is something that can be done for your eyes.  I don’t know what your family situation is but having an strong and engaged advocate when you have medical appointments can make a huge difference, someone who will do a lot of research on your behalf.   I know this from personal experience.      I’ve found medicine (I should qualify that and say veterinary medicine so I assume human medicine is the same) is political so there may be emerging therapies out there but until they get into mainstream publications, the practitioners refer to  them as anecdotal.  So I hope there is something out there for you.  Immunotherapy seems to be one of those therapies that everyone is working on for everything.
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PostSat Jun 27, 2020 8:37 am 
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That is some pretty bad news. I am so sorry to hear that you have to go through this. Best of luck.
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PostSat Jun 27, 2020 8:53 am 
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BPJ...as so many have said, I'm sorry to see your problems.   I'd like you to keep in mind  a quote from Robert Heinlein  ( Time "Enough for Love) where he said,
"When the fox gnaws, SMILE!"

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PostSat Jun 27, 2020 10:28 am 
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Tom,

I'm so sorry to hear that.  This site has benefited greatly from your contributions.  I have always valued your posts (even the ones I totally disagreed with).  I really hope you'll be able to find some ways to keep in touch online and with the outdoors.

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PostSat Jun 27, 2020 11:26 am 
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I've had the pleasure of meeting you once and we have shared a few private messages; I have always enjoyed your trail reports and thoughts. I wish you the best.
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PostSat Jun 27, 2020 11:30 am 
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I am so sorry to hear this. I will pray for a road in life that you can continue follow and enjoy BPJ

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PostSat Jun 27, 2020 1:17 pm 
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Hi, BPJ,
I just wanted to thank you for sharing your stories with us over the years.  I'll definitely go back and reread them.  But off the top of my head I recall when you first found your place in Cle Elum and were getting ready to close.  How excited you were to have a wooded parcel away from the city, but still close enough if needed.

You were always good for snow reports in Kittitas County.  I loved seeing your preparations for winter with the enormous stacks of firewood.  I recall some of your nephew's visits and your backpack trips together.  It's great to see outdoors lore passed on to the younger generation.

If you do find some technological means to stay active on the board, please do so.  You have a lot of stories yet to be told.  I have appreciated your presence here and wish you well.
Sincerely,  ~z

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PostSat Jun 27, 2020 2:17 pm 
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Tom/BPJ,
That really sucks and I'm very sorry,
BUT please have hope.  While your life will change, I would urge you to not be afraid of the change, but instead meet it head on with hope and determination. 
Stay strong!

Yours,
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PostSat Jun 27, 2020 5:07 pm 
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Thank you everyone. Ice noticed som PM's.  If it takes me a long time to anser forgive mel  Its getting harder and harder to see the scrreen.


Tom

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PostSat Jun 27, 2020 6:17 pm 
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Tom, I'm so sorry to read this and can only imagine how hard it is.  One of my first hiking buddy's was born with retinitis pigmentosa and gradually lost his sight by the time he was 40.  I reconnected with him years later and he told me he was still doing a lot of hiking, now with his girlfriend. I said, but you can't see.  He said, I can hear, smell and feel. Stay strong. Patrick
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PostSat Jun 27, 2020 7:27 pm 
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Very sorry to hear Tom! I also struggle with low vision all my life. I wish you all the best and I sincerely hope you will find strength to adapt and still enjoy life. Vision is not everything. Good luck and stay strong!
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PostSun Jun 28, 2020 7:34 am 
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I am sorry to hear this.  I hope there is something that can help.  Getting old sucks but the alternative isn't so good. 

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PostSun Jun 28, 2020 10:43 am 
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Tom, really sorry to hear about this. You have always been kind to new folks on the site. You have gone out of your way to help with ideas and gear to those who need it. The fact that those who disagree with you on other matters have taken the time to pass on good wishes is a testament to the person you are.

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PostSun Jun 28, 2020 2:47 pm 
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Tom/BPJ -- So sorry to hear this, especially from our most prolific poster (I think)! You contributions will be missed! And thanks to RumiDude for his insights and to Gwen for reminding us via example that we can post in larger font sizes!

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PostSun Jun 28, 2020 5:04 pm 
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Omigosh! So sorry you're going through this. I hope a medical solution can be found.


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