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    reasoin for lack of postings

    I just wanted to let everyone know that I haven't been online much recently, and will be even less so in the future. I don't want to be one of the thousands that just fade away without explanation.

    On December 11, 2017, I received a diagnosis of ALS. I had been having an increasing amount of weakness and lack of coordination in my left hand and arm for a few months. Now this is progressing to paralysis. Hence, typing is getting more and more difficult. ALS is a progressive degenerative neurological disease that gradually leads to total paralysis of first your voluntary muscles and then the involuntary. In the end, your diaphragm is paralyzed, and you die of respiratory failure. My prognosis is 3 to 5 years, with most of that severely disabled. They have to do a series of evaluations over about 6 months to get an individual plot of the progression in my case. Each case is unique. There is no cure and, at this time, no real treatment to slow the progression of the disease. I have volunteered for several clinical trials, so maybe. All that can be done is to help you deal with the impacts.

    On the plus side ALS is 100% service related, and the local VA hospital has an excellent ALS support group. All the costs of support treatment will be covered. The VA will also pay a stipend and for any alterations I need to make to my home to allow me to stay there as long as possible. The are a few benefits to being a veteran.

    Some other pluses are I am immediately eligible for disability by the VA, SSA, and my companies long term disability insurance. One advantage I am not yet sure to take is medical marijuana. I am sampling their wares before deciding. I also get disabled parking.

    I now have a few less things to worry about. I won't live to see Social Security crash, I won't out live my 401K savings, and I won't have to worry about the inevitable crash that seems to be accelerating downward daily. I may yet live to see the popping of the misandry bubble which the Futurist predicted in 2010 as due to occur in 2020. I may live to see the social reset which is inevitable, if not predictable in its form. I am still curious to see what shape the new social contract will take, even though I am even more of a disinterested bystander. I have been a bystander for quite some time, but this event has increased my detachment from the outcome by several orders of magnitude.

    Please don't send sympathy messages. I have always felt sympathy could be found only in the dictionary between shit and syphilis. I have lived a good life. I have gone more places and done more things than the vast majority of humanity. I have 6 children and 8 grand children. All my kids are grown and independent. I take comfort from the supposed last words of George Raft, "In my life I have spent a lot of money on fast women and slow horses, the rest I wasted."

    Remember, we all start dying from the minute we are born. Live your lives as if you will die tomorrow, because we never know when today will have no tomorrow. My advice is do it now. You will regret much more deeply the things you didn't do than any mistakes you make.

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    Mikediver, I will not offer sympathy as you request just my admiration for a very brave man.
    Your contributions to this forum have always been balanced and well thought out. I have never met you and probably never will, but I feel like I have known you for years.

    Yes we all begin dying with our first breath, but the experience of life is one not to be missed. Even with all its negatives it is infinitely better than the alternative, never to have been born. I wish you well and a comfortable passage to the other side. Farewell and Godspeed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikediver View Post
    I just wanted to let everyone know that I haven't been online much recently, and will be even less so in the future. I don't want to be one of the thousands that just fade away without explanation.

    On December 11, 2017, I received a diagnosis of ALS. I had been having an increasing amount of weakness and lack of coordination in my left hand and arm for a few months. Now this is progressing to paralysis. Hence, typing is getting more and more difficult. ALS is a progressive degenerative neurological disease that gradually leads to total paralysis of first your voluntary muscles and then the involuntary. In the end, your diaphragm is paralyzed, and you die of respiratory failure. My prognosis is 3 to 5 years, with most of that severely disabled. They have to do a series of evaluations over about 6 months to get an individual plot of the progression in my case. Each case is unique. There is no cure and, at this time, no real treatment to slow the progression of the disease. I have volunteered for several clinical trials, so maybe. All that can be done is to help you deal with the impacts.

    On the plus side ALS is 100% service related, and the local VA hospital has an excellent ALS support group. All the costs of support treatment will be covered. The VA will also pay a stipend and for any alterations I need to make to my home to allow me to stay there as long as possible. The are a few benefits to being a veteran.

    Some other pluses are I am immediately eligible for disability by the VA, SSA, and my companies long term disability insurance. One advantage I am not yet sure to take is medical marijuana. I am sampling their wares before deciding. I also get disabled parking.

    I now have a few less things to worry about. I won't live to see Social Security crash, I won't out live my 401K savings, and I won't have to worry about the inevitable crash that seems to be accelerating downward daily. I may yet live to see the popping of the misandry bubble which the Futurist predicted in 2010 as due to occur in 2020. I may live to see the social reset which is inevitable, if not predictable in its form. I am still curious to see what shape the new social contract will take, even though I am even more of a disinterested bystander. I have been a bystander for quite some time, but this event has increased my detachment from the outcome by several orders of magnitude.

    Please don't send sympathy messages. I have always felt sympathy could be found only in the dictionary between shit and syphilis. I have lived a good life. I have gone more places and done more things than the vast majority of humanity. I have 6 children and 8 grand children. All my kids are grown and independent. I take comfort from the supposed last words of George Raft, "In my life I have spent a lot of money on fast women and slow horses, the rest I wasted."

    Remember, we all start dying from the minute we are born. Live your lives as if you will die tomorrow, because we never know when today will have no tomorrow. My advice is do it now. You will regret much more deeply the things you didn't do than any mistakes you make.
    Sad to hear about your health. I suppose a "get well soon" would be rather misplaced, so instead let me wish you a wise use of your remaining time and that you do not forget how to enjoy life, after all if we do not enjoy life, what else is there to it?

    Although I'd rather not paint a bleaker picture in an already bleak OP, " I won't live to see Social Security crash, I won't out live my 401K savings, and I won't have to worry about the inevitable crash that seems to be accelerating downward daily."
    I cannot agree with this. In my estimation we're talking days, weeks or months at best to see it all come crashing down. Afterwards, paper money will be utterly worthless. I cannot stress this enough, if you do have enough fiat currency, buy gold and silver now. Believe what you will about the "banksters", but this is a scenario the Rothschilds have pretty much announced decades ago and everything has been falling right into place ever since. This is not a conspiritard's fantasy, this is observable fact for anyone who cares to observe reality.
    Anywho, this is not the right thread to dive into this topic all too deeply.
    I agree with Colin41 that your posts were always of a very high quality and you were a true enrichment to this forum. Cheers.
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    Re: reasoin for lack of postings

    Mikediver, rather than feeling sympathy, what I feel is admiration for your courage and stoicism. For most of us, death remains an abstraction—not something we confront directly. I only hope, when my time comes, that I can face it with the same equanimity.

    If it’s not too private, I would like to ask if you have any immediate plans while you are still able to get about. Do you plan to travel somewhere? Is there anything you have not done, which you would still like to do?

    Also, has the prospect of dying changed your outlook in some fundamental way. You already said how important it is to enjoy the present—to “do it now”. To this, I fully agree. But are there things—besides financial considerations—that once seemed important which you now consider insignificant? Or have you come to value something which once seemed of little consequence?

    Forgive my curiosity, if it seems inappropriate. But I ask this because I do not wish to waste the remainder of my life dwelling upon issues and preoccupations of no importance. Rather, it would be better to find what is real and essential—to live in a way which is entirely true to our nature while there is still time.

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    RNA therapy may be something you look into. Beyond that increasing quality of life and activity each day is the best you can do. In truth no one has all the answers in the end.

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    Thank you for this deep and insightful post, you have reminded me to focus on the bigger picture and to make most of what I have now. I wish you all the best.

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    Thanks Mike, Hate to see people just disappear. You are without doubt one of the best members Jag ever had. Hope we can hear from you now and then.
    Every day I make the world a little bit worse.

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    Shit. I shall miss you Mike, your perspective was always well thought out and insightful. I don't know you and I never will, but from a continent and an ocean away, thank you for what you taught me. Embrace the next stage, you have done an enormous amount of good in this world

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    What sympathy ? You won by TKO !!!!!
    You cant keep a player down!
    Dont hate him , hate your fuking bullshit game !

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    As with the others I will give you no sympathy. I'll offer you my thanks instead. I'd sometimes see your posts here and there in other websites. Whatever the topic was I'd stop and read, then think to myself "This guy knows what he's talking about.". I appreciated your perspective and found much of what you had to say pertinent. In fact you should take some solace in the idea you helped many lost and angry men by being part of the community. You've reached many men in the "Sphere who wouldn't have be able to talk to you otherwise.

    I'm no doctor and have no insight to offer you on ALS. All I'll say is good luck my friend.

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    Mikediver - I have always enjoyed reading your posts and I am very sorry to read about your diagnosis.
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    Sorry to hear about your diagnosis. If and when you can, please continue to post and let us know how your perspective on things is changing.
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    I know we all have to go at some point. I've always tried to live by a "life is short" philosophy. Mikediver, your contributions to this site are priceless and will be read now and hopefully for years or even decades to come by lurkers and newcomers alike. You have contributed greatly to the spiritual strength of the MGTOW brotherhood and to my own personal spiritual strength as a result. Your posts I always read with anticipation of a really good message. You've shared intimate details about your life with all of us to reinforce, with your own personal story, the reality of red-pill belief and the need for men to have "situational awareness".

    Whatever you will face in the coming years, I wish you the best and I know you will face this adversity with strength and dignity, as you have faced your life's challenges as a MGTOW.

    You have our utmost respect here, and your "MGTOW boiler plate" posts are marked in time for all to read.

    "You will regret much more deeply the things you didn't do than any mistakes you make."

    Men who see life with such clarity are very rare, but I think they are very blessed.

    Thank you for your heartfelt and personal contributions here, and know that we are with you in spirit even after you are unable to post here.

    If you can, please chime in if/when you can.

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    Mikediver your deep insight has always been appreciated and will not be forgotten. Thank you very much but now focus on taking care of yourself.

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    Chill dudes , he is still alive . He will leave this dumb planet wearing tuxedo and nice shoes .

    And what you lot achieved in this life ?
    You cant keep a player down!
    Dont hate him , hate your fuking bullshit game !

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    Re: reasoin for lack of postings

    Quote Originally Posted by Alik Sakharov View Post
    Chill dudes , he is still alive . He will leave this dumb planet wearing tuxedo and nice shoes .

    And what you lot achieved in this life ?
    I make some freakin' good Kompot.
    And I'm swole so you lot can be mirin'.
    Does that suffice?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aintdealingwithyoshit View Post
    I make some freakin' good Kompot.
    And I'm swole so you lot can be mirin'.
    Does that suffice?
    No matter how many Michelin stars the restaurant has always demand kompot or dont eat there
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    Much love and respect for you bro.

    You are one of the most prolific posters within these places for your life experiences.

    Way back in 1981 or so I was rooting around in my mothers attic when I was about 9 and I came upon a letter a good friend of my dad's had written to my mother after he died in 1979. It offered the usual sympathy, but it closed with "He'll always help me." And I never understood what that meant. How could my Dad keep helping anyone after he was dead?

    Years later, in 2013, my Mother passed away, but her wisdom she gave me throughout her life still helps me whenever I need her. I can pretty much imagine what she would do and say to me if I told her what what was wrong and how I felt about something troubling me. It's a deep compliment for someone who positively influenced your life and helped you through troubling times and to help you deal. My Dad must have been a great friend to whoever that man was.

    So I know this is years premature, but I want you to know that you will always help us, Mike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tangent View Post
    Much love and respect for you bro.

    You are one of the most prolific posters within these places for your life experiences.

    Way back in 1981 or so I was rooting around in my mothers attic when I was about 9 and I came upon a letter a good friend of my dad's had written to my mother after he died in 1979. It offered the usual sympathy, but it closed with "He'll always help me." And I never understood what that meant. How could my Dad keep helping anyone after he was dead?

    Years later, in 2013, my Mother passed away, but her wisdom she gave me throughout her life still helps me whenever I need her. I can pretty much imagine what she would do and say to me if I told her what what was wrong and how I felt about something troubling me. It's a deep compliment for someone who positively influenced your life and helped you through troubling times and to help you deal. My Dad must have been a great friend to whoever that man was.

    So I know this is years premature, but I want you to know that you will always help us, Mike.
    I so understand you ...my mother is a raging psycho
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alik Sakharov View Post
    I so understand you ...my mother is a raging psycho
    My parents are raging commies, I'd take psychos over that any day
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