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    To the many generous members of this site:

    I wanted to write this a couple of weeks ago, but things have been tough for me lately, so I am just getting around to it.

    As many of you know, I do not work. This is not a choice, this is due to many life-threatening medical issues that I have and have dealt with for most of my life.

    I was born with 13 holes in my heart. Six days after I was born, I was rushed to the ER. Grey and limp in my moms arms, I went in for open heart surgery at seven days old, three years old, and five years old. I still have one small hole, which causes me to see a cardiologist every year, and causes a class 4 heart murmur.

    When I was 8, on January 1st, 1986, I was rushed from Boise to Idaho Falls and contracted Diabetes, type 1, insulin dependent. When I got to the hospital, my blood sugar was well over 1500. Normal is between 80-120. I have had diabetes ever since. It has caused nothing but problems. Gastroparesis, kidney complications, neuropathy that causes me to not feel when my legs and feet are cut or bruised, which can lead to amputation.

    I am one of a very few people in the country that has what is called an irretractible migraine, which is a migraine that never goes away. Staring at computer screens tends to trigger these.

    I have not been able to work since March 26th of 2010, when I was put on total and permanent disability...

    Since then, I have also been diagnosed with osteoarthritis and I am set for total hip and knee replacements when I get a little older. I'm 37 right now, so they refuse to do them for another few years.

    On September 27, 2012 i also had a TIA, which as you may or may not know, is a minor stroke. Since that day, I have had severe true vertigo. Not a joke (but a little funny) when I went in for testing after the stroke, I got off the hospital elevator and puked all over the little garden they have before the Hearing and Balance Center in SLC.

    The point of me telling you this? I'm married with 3 kids that are the loves of my life. The only thing I love to do anymore is play video games, and collect my main guy, Steven Jackson, which I do on a VERY limited budget. The generosity that this site shows is un-paralleled. You guys have been absolutely amazing with your freebies, your patience in me paying you back (Joey) and just the freedom that I get when I'm with a bunch of guys, just as crazy as I am about cards.

    I'm going to be taking a hiatus from collecting for a bit. It just seems like the right time. My budget, some of the new pain meds I'm on are expensive, and the overall joy of collecting, is something that I don't want to lose. Things have become...for a no better word...stale in the collecting world. I'm not going to be gone for good, just going to take a step back for awhile.

    Still let me know if you see a sick Jax that you know I'd like, I'm just not going to be going after things like a rabid dog anymore. To the people I owe money to, I honor all my commitments.

    I just want to share my story and let you guys know, from my perspective, how you all look to me. Y'all are badasses and ya know it...so thank you.

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    RE: To the many generous members of this site:

    Damn that's some crazy stuff. Don't become a stranger, you don't have to be in full force hobby mode to hang out around here. You are one of the good guys I have met on my internet collecting travels. I wish you and your fam the best.

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    To the many generous members of this site:

    Wow dude....I had no idea. I've got a SJax to send you...one day I'll stop being lazy and get it sent haha

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    RE: To the many generous members of this site:

    Thanks Craig. I'm friends with most of y'all on Facebook, and if I'm not, request me!

    I consider all of the people on this site family, so I figured y'all should know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by srt4eh
    Wow dude....I had no idea. I've got a SJax to send you...one day I'll stop being lazy and get it sent haha
    Lol no hurry. Howard is holding one hostage, too lol!

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    RE: To the many generous members of this site:

    Don't be a stranger Aaron! Really hope your medical stuff stays well managed.

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    RE: To the many generous members of this site:

    Aaron no rush. You don't even have to collect to hang around here. Brad(bosox) rarely buys anything but still hangs out. Football season will be starting soon so it's always fun to come on here and bullshit.

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    RE: To the many generous members of this site:

    Quote Originally Posted by lsujoeylsu
    Aaron no rush. You don't even have to collect to hang around here. Brad(bosox) rarely buys anything but still hangs out. Football season will be starting soon so it's always fun to come on here and bullshit.
    Yeah, I just like to show off

    Thanks guys, just wanted everyone to know how much they are appreciated.

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    RE: To the many generous members of this site:

    Aaron,
    Just another reason why this site is the best bar none! I have another small stack of Jackson cards I was going to send, but I can put them in the spokes of my bike if you'd rather? :facepalm:

    Anyway, hang in there...we're always here for you

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    RE: To the many generous members of this site:

    Quote Originally Posted by Bottom9th
    Aaron,
    Just another reason why this site is the best bar none! I have another small stack of Jackson cards I was going to send, but I can put them in the spokes of my bike if you'd rather? :facepalm:

    Anyway, hang in there...we're always here for you
    LOL feel free to continue to send freebies, just don't ask me to pay $1,500.00 for the mirror black LCM.

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    RE: To the many generous members of this site:

    Like Joey said, you can still stop by and shot the shit. But if you think a break is needed then only you know what is best for you.

    Here is to a somewhat normal life (well you get it) What ever is not a rough patch for you in the future. Family is the best medicine for what ails one.

    Hope to see you are when you can

    Regards Richard

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