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Postby Edgy MD » Tue Feb 23, 2016 11:22 pm

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This handsome 16-year-old is my nephew Oliver.



Ollie has a form of muscular dystrophy. It's never been clearly diagnosed as such, but his muscles never fully formed, so as his skeleton grew, they just became stretched out, refusing to grow along with him. And he went from a childhood walking with braces and fumbling with everything he handled, but managing, to growing more or less utterly paralyzed the last six years. But he's adapted with amazing resolve and humor to life in a chair, the struggle to communicate (the tongue, it turns out, is a muscle), and (more recently) one or two (terrifying) bouts of pneumonia per year. He's been reliant on the family and the chair for getting around, and our family is a dysfunctional lot.

Six or eight months back, Ollie discovered a gym in the neighborhood that works specifically with injured and handicapped patients, around the same time he discovered a little 1976 record called "Gonna Fly Now (Theme from Rocky)." And he's become a workout maniac. At the end of months of workouts, he's achieved something we thought we'd never see again. He's sitting upright, unsupported.

It's almost stupid that such a modest achievement feels like I just watched him beat the champ, but that's how I feel.
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Postby Fman99 » Wed Feb 24, 2016 1:15 pm

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That is amazing. Kudos to him.

That music will get the blood pumping. They played it before the start of the Philadelphia Marathon, just outside of the Art Museum, and it sent chills up and down my spine.
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Postby TransMonk » Wed Feb 24, 2016 1:34 pm

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Very cool! Great work by Oliver!
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Postby John Cougar Lunchbucket » Wed Feb 24, 2016 2:15 pm

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Go Ollie
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Re: Upright

Postby themetfairy » Wed Feb 24, 2016 2:22 pm

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Good job Oliver!
In running, it doesn't matter whether you come in first, in the middle of the pack, or last. You can say, "I have finished." There is a lot of satisfaction in that - Fred Lebow

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Postby Benjamin Grimm » Wed Feb 24, 2016 2:32 pm

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Very inspiring!

I wonder if there's any kind of speech therapy he can do to improve his speaking skills. I imagine that not being able to talk has to be awfully frustrating as well.

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Postby Chad Ochoseis » Wed Feb 24, 2016 7:47 pm

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Well, yay. Glad that Theme From Rocky is doing someone some good.

A gym that works with injured and handicapped people is a great idea, and I wonder why there aren't more out there. Go, Ollie!
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Postby smg58 » Wed Feb 24, 2016 8:00 pm

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Awesome.

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Postby seawolf17 » Wed Feb 24, 2016 8:48 pm

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That awesome. My best to him.
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Postby cooby classic » Thu Feb 25, 2016 12:40 pm

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Good for Oliver!

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Postby d'Kong76 » Thu Feb 25, 2016 2:44 pm

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Best to Oliver, keep pluggin' champ!
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Postby dgwphotography » Thu Feb 25, 2016 4:04 pm

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Just awesome. It's great to see some good news around here.
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Postby Rockin' Doc » Fri Feb 26, 2016 8:45 pm

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Oliver has obviously had to endure a tremendous amount of adversity in his young life, but he is obviously a tough, persistent, and determined young man. Those traits will serve him well in life. Keep up the good work Ollie.
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Re: Upright

Postby Edgy MD » Tue Mar 01, 2016 4:40 pm

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Thanks for you encouragements. I'll pass them on to the champ.

The amazing thing is that this is such a testament to his own initiative. I'm afraid I'd be, all, "Well, I guess my life sucks now."

Benjamin Grimm wrote:Very inspiring!

I wonder if there's any kind of speech therapy he can do to improve his speaking skills. I imagine that not being able to talk has to be awfully frustrating as well.

He gets plenty of speech therapy at school, I imagine. But only those frequently around him have their ears calibrated to understand what he's saying without a frustrating half a dozen repeats. I feel awful because I see him infrequently enough — a weekend visit every few months, that it takes me two days or so to get my ears re-tuned, and then I'm leaving again.

Maybe he can get wired up to communicate by twitching his fingers and "speaking" electronically like Stephen Hawking.
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Re: Upright

Postby Edgy MD » Mon Sep 11, 2017 9:40 am

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Ollie is fighting through a terrible time at Children's Hospital at Columbia University Medical Center. Pneumonia. Collapsed lung. Respirator. Ventilator. If anybody has a good thought for a sweet young man, he could use it.
I'll be your patron saint of heartbreak.

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Postby MFS62 » Mon Sep 11, 2017 10:51 am

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Edgy MD wrote:Ollie is fighting through a terrible time at Children's Hospital at Columbia University Medical Center. Pneumonia. Collapsed lung. Respirator. Ventilator. If anybody has a good thought for a sweet young man, he could use it.

He's got it.
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Postby Centerfield » Mon Sep 11, 2017 11:20 am

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Hang in there Ollie.

And the whole family. The kid looks tough.

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Postby themetfairy » Mon Sep 11, 2017 11:37 am

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All the best to Ollie!
In running, it doesn't matter whether you come in first, in the middle of the pack, or last. You can say, "I have finished." There is a lot of satisfaction in that - Fred Lebow

Re: Upright

Postby Benjamin Grimm » Mon Sep 11, 2017 11:44 am

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I'm rooting for him too. Hopefully he'll get past this ordeal and recover quickly.

Re: Upright

Postby Edgy MD » Mon Sep 11, 2017 12:59 pm

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Thanks.

I'm trying not to panic, but this kid is kinda the best.
I'll be your patron saint of heartbreak.

Re: Upright

Postby cooby » Mon Sep 11, 2017 1:15 pm

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Kisses and hugs.

Re: Upright

Postby Rockin' Doc » Mon Sep 11, 2017 11:25 pm

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My thoughts and prayers are with Ollie, his extended family, and friends as he goes through another difficult health battle. Keep up the fight Ollie, you have a lot of people in your corner.
Just black and white, rich or poor
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I'd love to change the world
But I don't know what to do
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Postby 41Forever » Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:59 am

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Courage and faith!

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Postby John Cougar Lunchbucket » Wed Sep 13, 2017 10:40 am

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Strength and fortitude
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Re: Upright

Postby d'Kong76 » Wed Sep 13, 2017 4:25 pm

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Positive vibes to Oliver and his family.
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"That pitch was a foot off the strike zone!" "The catcher framed it for the ump." "Framed?" "Yes, he helped the ump turn the pitch into a strike." "But it didn't cross the plate." "Naturally."

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