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Unread 03-01-2004, 11:13 AM   #176
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Brian,

My wife and I heard your story over at [H] and our hearts and prayers go out to you and your family. Congratulations on the newest member of your family, and best wishes to you and your wife!

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Unread 03-01-2004, 02:36 PM   #177
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Brian,

I have contributed here before, but got the news from [H]ard|OCP. I want to give you my thoughts during your time of need.

I am really supprised by how much the puter enthusiast community has come to your need. Just let us know if there is anything we can do.

--On behalf of my tiny site, ThePCElement.com, I wish you the best.
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Unread 03-01-2004, 05:32 PM   #178
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Hey Brian, just wanted to say congratulations to your new born. Also im sorry to hear about Heather, i hope she gets better quickly. Best wishes to your family and never lose hope!
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Unread 03-01-2004, 06:26 PM   #179
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Don't feel too sad. This is a stressful time for me, and I've been very down at different points. But, I know that good will come out of this. Even if Heather doesn't recover much more (and I expect her to get at least some better even if it isn't 100% recovery), I was able to give her a hug today and she hugged me back. I appreciate my wife more than I ever did, and that's something many people never get. I appreciate my God more, tough as this has been. He's been taking care of me.
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Unread 03-01-2004, 06:29 PM   #180
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Dear Brian,
I learned about your situation while reading two of my favourite websites, overclockers.com and sudhian.com and it's touched my heart so I decided to post it on EPIACENTER.com's frontpage...
It's moments like these which demonstrate that the online computer-scene is indeed a community. It's great to see the amount of wonderful people posting support, information and stories full of hope, donating or supporting you in every other possibe way.

Not being on the religous side of things, I just prefer to ask whatever amazing 'thing' is watching our lives to allow for a full recovery of your wife so she can enjoy the presence of your beautiful daugther, your other children and her husband.

Warm wishes from distant Austria!
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Unread 03-01-2004, 07:32 PM   #181
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I've been trying to avoid this, because it frankly hits me too hard. My wife is due at the end of this month with our second child, and it hasn't been an easy pregnancy at all - in fact, it's had way too many scary moments for my tastes.

So reading of your troubles has not been something I've wanted to do. It freaks me out at a time I can't be freaked out.

But I cannot stand by and not say anything any more. Brian, I don't know that I would handle this as well as you are. I'd be a wreck. I was a wreck when my wife had gallstones. I was a wreck during the first birth, when the heart monitor would flatline because the stupid lead wouldn't stay in place. To see my wife suffer as you have, intermixed with the joy of another daughter...I'd be a nutcase.

You sir, are going through one hell of a trial, but it looks to me that you got what it takes to make it through, and lead your family on. I pray for you, and your wife, and wish you only the best. Keep strong.

I've posted the HardOCP raffle the GotApex news page, and again wish you the best.
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Unread 03-01-2004, 10:03 PM   #182
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Congratulations on the new addition Brian. I include your wife in my prayers for a full recovery, and strength for you and your children to get through this.

My Best,

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Unread 03-01-2004, 11:13 PM   #183
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Hey, I read your story from HotHardware and HardOCP, and just wanted to give my sympathies.

"This thread probably made it clear that I'm a Christian. But, I hope that this thread doesn't get side-tracked by people who want to debate differing religious views"

I'm not christian, but i'll still pray for you and your wife I hope everything works out in time.

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Unread 03-01-2004, 11:31 PM   #184
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Brian, i must give congrats on your new kid, and i really hope your wife keeps the recovery.
Above all keep optimistic and an expeling joy, as it will keep your wife happy and help her recover even faster.

Dont know what else to say. Take care.
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Unread 03-01-2004, 11:52 PM   #185
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"I have been doing this website gig for about six years now and you guys still never fail to amaze me. As of writing this, 848 of you contributed over $15,000 that will go to help Brian and Heather Smith. (The full story and ways to still enter the raffle are at this link.) With the money that Steve raised last week at Hypothermia and including other committed contributions, you guys have given Heather an opportunity that she may have missed otherwise with a current total of over $20,000 for the Smith family. Brian Smith has extended his heartfelt appreciation. Thanks to all of our readers and you guys from other sites that came and helped as well. You all certainly make us proud to be part of this community. More updates to come."

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Unread 03-02-2004, 12:43 AM   #186
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Just checking in, glad to hear that she is still positively progressing! Keep hanging in there.
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Unread 03-02-2004, 06:17 AM   #187
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Shall we make a raffle too?
Everybody is able to shell out for a raffle ticket

Brian, Heather WILL recover much more, if nexxo is amazed by her progress so far...
It just takes time. you will get there together!
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Unread 03-02-2004, 08:26 AM   #188
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The [H] raffle is linked from Fark.com now! Word is getting around about it fast... Good luck Brian, I hope everything works out well for you and your family.

Link: www.fark.com
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Unread 03-02-2004, 09:13 AM   #189
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The [H] raffle is linked from Fark.com now! Word is getting around about it fast... Good luck Brian, I hope everything works out well for you and your family.

Link: www.fark.com
This is incredible. From what I heard from the insurance rep, I'll probably be able to use all of it and more (as out-patient therapy continues, work loss continues, etc...) over the next year or more, but it's an incredible hunk of change when you look at it all at once. My VISA card companies won't be happy with this, though. No maxing out the VISA cards to pay for medical treatment and mortgage now!

That money is going to pay for a lot of medical degees.
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Unread 03-02-2004, 10:26 AM   #190
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Brian -

God be with you and your family.. I wanted to drop in to let you know that your story is reaching people around the world and we're all praying for a speedy recovery. It's a good feeling to know people do care about others..


[H]ardOCP - Even though I don't need a new case.. I have joined the raffle for the cause.


Again.. god bless and never stop believing in Heather.

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Unread 03-02-2004, 10:55 AM   #191
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Default Direct [H] raffle link

I tried to follow tha above link but with no success.
I went to [H] directly to find it and here it is : Raffle Link - Direct

EDIT: I hope Admins do not mind...
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Unread 03-02-2004, 11:45 PM   #192
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Why would they? They are not doing this for profit, they are doing this for the sake of Brian's wife. I am very glad to hear that your wife's chances are improving! You are in me and my friends prayers... It's blown me away to see how your story has spead! Keep spreading it guys!

God bless, Aaron B.
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Unread 03-03-2004, 04:12 AM   #193
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I knew they wouldn't
I was just trying to be polite
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Unread 03-03-2004, 10:43 AM   #194
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Unread 03-03-2004, 06:20 PM   #195
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Small update.

Her physical recovery is doing very well: she can slowly walk up and down stairs with good balance for instance. So, they are going to discharge her (late next week) to live at home while we will then take her to daily therapy sessions at a nearby hospital. Her thinking is still very clouded, so part of her activity at home will be to do ABC's and 123's with our 3-year-old, play games like patty-cake with the 1 year old, and so on. I keep asking about what they think her long-term prognosis is and they still have to reply that they don't know. They might know more in six-months, they say.

Thankfully, I'm getting some help from my mom (for the next 3 weeks), Heather's sister (part-time help in the week), and others that can help in small amounts.

Thanks again to all of you who helped. You made it possible for me to stand up in a meeting with Heather's doctors and specialists today and say that I wanted Heather to have therapy even if it wasn't covered by insurance. Thanks to all of you who prayed, because Heather is physically recovering faster than they expected.
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Unread 03-03-2004, 07:15 PM   #196
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That's great news Brian!

Thanks for the update! My wife and I have been thinking about you ever since I first saw your post. I’m really glad she is going to be able to go home! It will be huge for her and the kids to be able to be together most of the time. And getting her back as close as possible to her normal routine may help her get some of her memories back.

It's been great to see the support you've been getting from all us computer nerds. I know how much it will mean to you. My wife and I are still recovering from 4 years of hell that we had starting with my disability over 10 years ago (Cluster Headaches if you're interested). About the same time my wife's job fell apart. We did what you thought you were going to have to do, paid bills with credit cards, and we still don't have it paid off... but its going down. (About $30,000, now in the second mortgage, left to go). Things were really tough for quite a while. Medical bills were high but probably nowhere near what you will have since there isn’t much they can do for my problem. If my Dad hadn’t been able to help us out some we would have gone bankrupt. And we don’t have any kids! But, things are finally looking better for us. My Wife has re-trained herself to be a SQL/ASP .NET developer and has a new full time job that she is able to do from home, which cuts down on expenses too. And it’s nice to have her around if I need her. I’m also having fewer headaches a day, so I’m hoping that they will go into a remission again soon (a long one would be nice!). We contributed to both the computer raffles; we know how much every dollar will count for you.

Keep us informed of Heather’s progress, I’m sure we aren’t the only ones that are wanting to know how things are going!

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Unread 03-03-2004, 11:09 PM   #197
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Brian, I came by way of Tech-Report which linked to [H]OCP to here, I am truly touched by what has happened to you. Although I happen to be a nihilist, I will hope that everything becomes alright and will do whatever I can to help.
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Unread 03-03-2004, 11:47 PM   #198
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Glad to hear that your wife is making such good progress Brian.

Hang in there man!
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Unread 03-04-2004, 06:37 AM   #199
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Those are wonderful news Brian,

Glad you and your family did well through this heavy state, and as the progress keeps up, hope you'll have all the strength and support needed to keep on!

Keep on bud, you're doing great!
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Unread 03-04-2004, 11:16 AM   #200
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Good to hear things are looking better. Prayer works.



BTW, I heard about this site over at 2cpu.com, but I don't hang out there much since I sold my dualie (unlocked xp1700's) and built my lastest, an Athlon64.
Now I am at planetamd64.com. Not much difference, were all computer geeks.
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