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Isn't It Amazing How Quickly Things Can Change

Posted by dgill on Friday, June 3, 2011

  My first thoughts were to keep this a bit quite and not talk to people about my problems.  I then found myself getting all bound up with my own thoughts that just seem to be running wild.  I am hoping that by sharing this with my friend's it will offer me some additional support and maybe even bring me some sort of comfort, so here goes.


  In Feb, it was determined that I had Type 2 Diabetes and I began taking medications and making some life altering changes, such as, I stopped drinking, major diet change and focus on loosing weight.  Shortly there after I began having some black out spells and found I needed to see the Dr. thinking it was just the new meds.  Well, after a CAT Scan, they informed me that I had a nodule the size of a quarter in my left lung.


  So today I went to see the Specialist for all the details.  He explained a wide range of possibilities from it is nothing to you know, the C word.  I am scheduled for a Bronchial Scope next Friday 6/10.  This is an attempt to gather cells and fluids for evaluation.  If that is not conclusive, they will do a more evasive biopsy.  Hopefully they will return to me saying, hey, you have just wasted our time because we found nothing.  Wouldn't that be great news????


  So friend's,  it just makes me think about how quickly things can change and if you have a minute to give the big guy a shout out for me and my family, I surely would appreciate it.  I am blessed to have crossed all your paths.

77 comments on “Isn't It Amazing How Quickly Things Can Change”

jimh269b Says:
Friday, June 3, 2011 @4:46:50 PM

hey let ole man tell you ,you will be just fine i know ok,donk ask me how,i do ok

banjotef Says:
Friday, June 3, 2011 @4:48:25 PM

Here's thinking of you, Donnie. Good luck!!!

darryl k. Says:
Friday, June 3, 2011 @4:52:39 PM

Hi Don. A good friend of mine was diagnosed with type 2 about a year ago. He was given meds, but changed his eating habbits, gets regulay exercise, and now is off meds. You'll do 'er boy !
Said a short ( the p word ) for you.

jimh269b Says:
Friday, June 3, 2011 @5:22:18 PM

you need to call me son

Oalbrets Says:
Friday, June 3, 2011 @5:24:03 PM

Hang in there Donnie and I am praying for you and your family. See you in the chatroom.

Bilbo1 Says:
Friday, June 3, 2011 @5:30:03 PM

Donnie I'm really sorry to hear this. The worst thing Is the waiting and the not knowing but try to be positive and think of all the good things you have going for you in your life. I feel guilty reading this with a smoke in one hand and a beer in the other and I know that if I was told tomorrow that I'd have to change my ways I'd really struggle with it so well done for making those changes! Your a great guy, one of the best. Stay strong and I'll be thinking of you.

copron Says:
Friday, June 3, 2011 @6:45:50 PM

We'll be sending some prayers your way..............hang in there.

banjerman Says:
Friday, June 3, 2011 @7:15:10 PM

I showed a mass on my left lung by an x ray and it was nothing except where a bunch of arteries came together. Kinda like an intersection according to the doc. Prayers will be sent though!!

rickshunter1 Says:
Friday, June 3, 2011 @7:27:15 PM

Donnie only one person knows the outcome of this and he's not here with us so you stay posistive and if you need to talk I'll be here for you just pm me and I'll send ya my number. I have never met a more caring person with a love for his family and his music as you Donnie. You keep me posistive in my playing with your kind comments and encouragement. I will pray for good news for you so we can get together someday for a jam with Jim and the rest of the guys from the Hangout. God Bless you and your Family they will be there for you as will we.

BanjoFlyboy Says:
Friday, June 3, 2011 @7:32:20 PM

Thinking of you Donnie. I know you will be ok!

jchipps_1 Says:
Friday, June 3, 2011 @8:09:03 PM

I know it's hard to do, but try not to worry or get stressed out. I'm sure you'll be just fine buddy. It's probably nothing serious, if anything at all.

Those CT scans are great machines, but they do sometimes show things that aren't as bad as they seem.

I was once told I had a bad stomach ulcer or ??? (doc seen it on a CT scan). So he scheduled me to go in and get put under for a scope down the throat to look things over and see how bad it was and what needed to be done.

Well after worrying over it for a week or two, when they finally went in with the scope and actually looked around, guess what, there was absolutely "nothing" there. And that was the end of it.

Just hang in there with your healthier lifestyle and you'll be feeling like a new man in no time at all :)

John Kuhn Says:
Friday, June 3, 2011 @8:36:22 PM

Hey man , I saw ya on this evening and was bouncin back and forth from G mail to here waitin to hear from ya. So glad ya put this blog up. Im keepin the faith that what ever this is , your gonna whip it! We'll be here for ya!

Laurence Diehl Says:
Friday, June 3, 2011 @10:45:42 PM

Donnie, you know what they say - a problem shared is a problem halved. YOu know we are all ready to help.

Grumpy1 Says:
Friday, June 3, 2011 @11:41:15 PM

Prayer sent up that the node will be "NADA". As for the type II my wife has lived with it for years. It is quite controlable. Hang in there Pard.

joemac Says:
Saturday, June 4, 2011 @12:30:41 AM

Donnie, we have never met but i hold you as one of my dearest friends and i am going to walk beside ya as you get through this. I had the very same thing when i had my heart problems, they found a big shadow on the lung, turned out to be a chest infection that had'nt matured. Every day you just spit in its eye mate and dont dwell on it, i know its hard ive been there but you are Donnie Gill and you can do this..........thinking of you dear friend.

kc8tby Says:
Saturday, June 4, 2011 @12:56:37 AM

Hello Don!
I have never met you before but I am glad that we have now met. I can assure you that you and your family will be in my prayers, my friend.
Hang in there Donnie!
Things WILL be better!

buckbybanjoboy Says:
Saturday, June 4, 2011 @1:45:54 AM

All the best Donnie. Lets all hope for some good news. Its often difficult to keep positive in these circumstances but you can do it, Regards..........................Peter V.

janeway Says:
Saturday, June 4, 2011 @2:53:33 AM

Hi Donnie, I know too well how you are feeling,the waiting etc, when I finally got diagnosed with ( Lupus which is terminal) I thought my whole world would come crashing down,but they said with some changes, medication they could hold back the effects for maybe 10-15yrs, So I thought great at least I've got time to get this damn timing right on my banjo.The waiting game is always the hardest hunny,but with your families help and our support you will get there. I have never met you Donnie but I have always found you to be a kind,sincere,loving man to your family and a true inspiration to all your friends here on the hangout. We will always be here to support you, as you have always been there to support everyone of us. My prayers and thoughts are with you, and I hope results all come back clear. Keep us posted. God Bless you and your family. Love Trish

thombanjo Says:
Saturday, June 4, 2011 @7:26:00 AM

Hey, prayers are coming your way for good news from your doc. In the past year I've had family members and friends with major problems that brought life and what's really important into sharp focus. I sure hope and pray that all will be well with you. All your hangout buds are pulling for you.

racer Says:
Saturday, June 4, 2011 @8:52:47 AM

Hang in there Donnie all my positive thoughts will be with you .Ron

Wills Creek Says:
Saturday, June 4, 2011 @8:58:22 AM

My thoughts are with you Don . I'm praying for the best for as you go forward. Hope to see again soon.

VancePants Says:
Saturday, June 4, 2011 @10:16:52 AM

DG: Well... what can anyone say... except out thoughts are with you man. Being a Naturalist, can't BS about prayer etc... but I like to be as positive as possible in the face of life's many bittersweet events and challenges. Regarding the diabetes (which is all but an epidemic in this country)... well, from my perspective as a physician, it's "high-time" you made those "lifestyle changes" (aka diet & excercise), which will benefit you the rest of your life. So that's a positive in my book. What really is a bitter pill to swallow in the lung lesion. But since I didn't read that you were a smoker... I am going to remain optimistic... and not put the cart before the horse. We all should live each day with humility and take joy whenever we may. Again, from my perspective in medicine, many people have gone done a similar path... which doesn't necessarily make it easier for you at this time... but there are others who can and will support you even if cancer is diagnosed. None of us are immune from this cell-division run amok. But KNOW THIS kind Sir: you have the special love & unwavering support from your family... and friends... and you will NOT walk this path alone. Stay strong my friend.

Jane C Says:
Saturday, June 4, 2011 @11:49:19 AM

Hey Donnie I think of you every day already when I pick up my pick pouch, good guys like you are rare. I think you'll be crossing our paths quite a few more times matey, I'm counting on it, and thinking of you even more. Stay positive, we'll all be here for you hun. X

RatLer Says:
Saturday, June 4, 2011 @11:53:59 AM

I'm prayin' for you Donnie and you know you've got a ton of support here...feel free to e-mail me anytime.

rkane1 Says:
Saturday, June 4, 2011 @2:26:56 PM

Donnie, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Get this behind you . I am sure it will all work out for the best. We will have a good laugh soon and play some banjo together.

u k sandra Says:
Saturday, June 4, 2011 @3:40:13 PM

Donnie, I can shout with the best of them, and I`m shouting really loud. I`m sure He`ll hear. Good Luck.

dgill Says:
Saturday, June 4, 2011 @6:45:11 PM

Thanks to all of you. My heart is heavy as I read these comments and yet I am so happy that I have you all in my life. The compasion and support that you all offer is over whelming. You all are an exception bunch of peoples. I thanks you and will take every bit of this into my mind and put it to work regardless of my personal outcome. I hope I can be a bit more like each of you down the road. Each of you offer something special and for that I am envious.

catching2nd Says:
Saturday, June 4, 2011 @6:50:03 PM

Hang in there Donnie. You got plenty of friends who are sending out their thoughts and prayers. The comments here are proof of that. No matter what comes of it, don't let it wear on you. Keep picking, watching them boat races and having fun with those puppies.

erikforgod Says:
Saturday, June 4, 2011 @9:35:51 PM

I will pray for you... :)

Augie Says:
Sunday, June 5, 2011 @3:58:54 AM

Hi Donnie, I hope that all your fears can be erased with some good news, only the big guy knows his plan. We are all praying for you ond yours. Augie

banjohack Says:
Sunday, June 5, 2011 @4:12:13 PM

You will be in my prayers, Donnie. Stay strong in the Lord and lean on your family and friends' love and support.

jim109b Says:
Sunday, June 5, 2011 @6:00:26 PM

Hey Donnie, really sorry to hear all this, try and keep postive. And if talking about it here helps, then blast away. You're one of the good guys.

rjs808 Says:
Monday, June 6, 2011 @10:14:23 AM

Jeez, Donnie, I'm sorry to hear this. Hang in there - we're all pulling for you.

Shorty P Says:
Monday, June 6, 2011 @12:06:08 PM


I am so sorry to hear of your health problems but please put them in the Lords hands he said he would not leave you . you are in my every prayer Donnie be assured . The worry is very hard to deal with but it will all come out for the best. Keep picking that banjo what ever you do. Donnie if I can do anything at all for you dont hesitate to ask I do mean anything.

Your Friend

Shorty P

casinojack Says:
Monday, June 6, 2011 @2:19:02 PM


I'm sad to hear about your health problems and hope all turns out for the best for you and your family. Thoughts and prayers are with you and keep you other family here at BHO up to date.

Jack J

JMarshallP Says:
Tuesday, June 7, 2011 @5:04:20 PM

"Now there abide faith, hope, love, these three, and the greatest of these is love." I have found through many circumstances that the most powerful force in the universe is God's love. As much as you can, let go of the fear and trust God's love for you and your family, no matter the outcome. I will pray for you and echo the hopes of all here, that this is a totally benign reading and that your lungs are in perfect working order. May God bless you and your family.

John P.

dgill Says:
Tuesday, June 7, 2011 @5:11:34 PM

You are all too kind. I am glad I put this blog up. It has brought me some calm and comfort and for that I thank you all once more.

rickshunter1 Says:
Thursday, June 9, 2011 @7:46:22 PM

I''ll be a praying for you tomorrow Donnie and I know they will say its nothing get out of here your wasting our time. Please let me know when you can.

dgill Says:
Friday, June 10, 2011 @2:17:07 AM

I am leaving in about 15 minutes and I got to thinking to myself that I wanted to read these wonderful comments and well wishes from my friends before I go. I thank you all so much that I am forever in your debt.

Rick & Jane, I thank you for the special wishes you have sent my way. You are truely special folks.

BiggT Says:
Friday, June 10, 2011 @3:30:03 PM

Praying for you and yours. Regardless of the Dr.'s report, you are in HIS hands.

alfiedog Says:
Friday, June 10, 2011 @4:41:27 PM

Donnie i am so sorry Mate. I hope everything is OK. Sorry i am late to comment on this Mate my Bloody P/C has been playing up.

dgill Says:
Friday, June 10, 2011 @4:46:27 PM

No problem Eddie, I appreciate you all and thank each of you for your support.

I went through the procedures without any issues at all. Dr. said there was very little chance of anything showing up in the biopsy, which we will know about on Wed. next week. My wife and I are accepting this as great news. Monday holds some Pulmanary funtions tests and an ecocardiogram with a side dish of stress test.

I think my problems are stemming from my newly added Diabetes meds, but they are wanting to be sure I guess. Thanks again for all your kind thoughts. They just won't listen to be about the meds.

John Kuhn Says:
Friday, June 10, 2011 @4:53:22 PM

Thanks for keepin us updated man we truely care about ya and are relieved to hear this. Keep up that major diet change and hopefully MON will shed some light on those meds ya been takin.
Keepin the faith!!!

banjodawg Says:
Friday, June 10, 2011 @6:01:36 PM

Keeping you in my prayers! Hang tough!

gdoc Says:
Friday, June 10, 2011 @7:06:49 PM

Hey Donnie,

You KNOW my thought are with you and are POSITIVE thoughts

Timron Says:
Friday, June 10, 2011 @7:24:55 PM

Hang in there man... and stay positive. Will be thinking of You. Still using the pick pouch yall gave me... You should sell them thangs.

From Greylock to Bean Blossom Says:
Friday, June 10, 2011 @7:45:10 PM

I am sorry to hear of your health problems and the stress it is causing you. I will say a prayer for you tonight and I would encourage you to keep looking for the answer. The problem in the lungs, I may have a guy for you to talk to. the diabetes, I would encourage you to read some books like the Paleo Diet and Primal Blueprint.
Hang in there Donnie. will you make it to Bean Blossom or will this keep you away. If you are there, lets get together and meet in person.

tom elder Says:
Friday, June 10, 2011 @8:24:14 PM

sorry to hear all this Donny,I'll mention you to the man in my prayers

Wes Lassiter Says:
Saturday, June 11, 2011 @11:26:59 AM

Donnie I will give prayers for you everyday. Keep up the healthy lifestyle. That is important

dgill Says:
Saturday, June 11, 2011 @8:54:49 PM

Thanks to all of you. Things seem to be heading the right way at this point. Jim Reed and I spent the day at The Festival of The Bluegrass at Lexington Kentucky today. Man was that a pleasure.

rickshunter1 Says:
Saturday, June 11, 2011 @9:06:59 PM

Sounds like ablast Donnie glad ya had fun you deserve it man and who better to hang out with but Jim Reed

Beckyboy Says:
Sunday, June 12, 2011 @2:55:32 AM

Donnie,I really wish all goes well bud

treat it like another of lifes hills you gotta climb,once your at the top coming back down will be much easier



Karen Kruske Says:
Sunday, June 12, 2011 @4:31:13 AM

I hope things go well for you. A positive attitude and support from friends can be a big help.

Granada90 Says:
Sunday, June 12, 2011 @5:12:17 AM

Glad to hear you've changed the eating habits......and remember that eating 4-5 small meals is better that 1-2 big meals for this will cause spikes in your sugar. I pray you'll be just fine and keep on pickin' my friend! me anytime!

jayder1985 Says:
Sunday, June 12, 2011 @10:52:47 AM

Prayers said for you and yours. Hang in there and everything will work out just fine!

jim109b Says:
Sunday, June 12, 2011 @3:04:39 PM

Hey Donnie, been away for a few days, just wanted to check back. Hanging in there for you, Lexington sounded great !

dgill Says:
Monday, June 13, 2011 @3:47:30 PM

Again. many thanks to all of you. You are all really special peoples. The tech that did the Ecocardiogram said they saw nothing and things looked healthy and good. Dr. must read the results, but I thought this was good news. The Pulmanary Functions test Tech said they might suggest a breathing machine and daily treatments to start the day, due to air flow being a bit off. We will let the Dr. decide when he sees the tests.

I feel good at the moment and am a happy man. Life is good even with some of the unpleasant challenges that come our way. Of course we must put that stake in the ground and I sures hell have done that. Thanks again to you all.

RatLer Says:
Monday, June 13, 2011 @5:06:50 PM

Happy to hear about the good is good!!

banjohack Says:
Tuesday, June 14, 2011 @12:03:47 AM

Great news Donnie! Glad to hear things are looking up!

dgill Says:
Tuesday, June 14, 2011 @3:25:33 PM

Thanks again to you all. I go tomorrow at 8:00 AM to hear the Doctor's feed back on all the test taken over the last week. I am prepared to hear that all looks good.

rickshunter1 Says:
Tuesday, June 14, 2011 @6:37:10 PM

I will pray again for good news tomorrow Donnie

Banjophobic Says:
Tuesday, June 14, 2011 @6:41:31 PM

Great to hear the node was clear Donnie! This is why its important to take care of our health as best we can. Hang in there, change your eating habits, get some exercise regularly. It makes a world of difference in the quality of your life. You have a lot of great people praying for you!

five12gal Says:
Tuesday, June 14, 2011 @7:22:30 PM

Thinking of you and sending you the best healing vibes I can muster. Eating right and getting enough exercise and sleep is key in everything. Look forward to picking some with ya at Clifftop.

banjodave93 Says:
Tuesday, June 14, 2011 @9:29:28 PM

Prayers your way donnnie.......BTW i was at festival of the bluegrass all weekend!!!! Where was ya?

MBCrawford Says:
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 @8:41:14 AM

Many prayers to you and you family, I know illness can be a rough thing to handle so just call on the BHO friends anytime.

Horseshoot Says:
Thursday, June 16, 2011 @1:25:22 PM

Donnie, So sorry to hear all of this. I hope all turns out well. Know you have many friends who care a great deal for you.

And, I grew up in KY and spent many summers going to the Festival of the Bluegrass. What a great time! Mike

kevinwholmes Says:
Thursday, June 16, 2011 @3:54:35 PM

Been there myself, wishing you comfort & peace while waiting.

dgill Says:
Thursday, June 16, 2011 @6:02:44 PM

Great news at this point. Lung functions tests showed a small loss of volume. Could be from my years working in wood finishing. May need to start nebulizer treatments if issues continue. Ecocardiogram showed basically normal. Biopsy showed nonmelignant cells and Dr. said we will monitor for growth in the future. Stress test coming next week, but news is, I am healthly, but they are going to rule out all possibilities. Your support helped me greatly and I thank you all for that.

Lifes changes will remain in place and the weight must come off. I must be like the little engine that could. Choo Choo!!!! I am a happy man.

Shorty P Says:
Friday, June 17, 2011 @7:01:41 AM

Great news Donnie and as for the weight problem I am right there with you all the way just remember you are not alone mine is coming off also. So trust me I know what you are going thru . It is not easy at all but it must come off I have a wife & family who need me around for a while.
God Bless
Shorty P

Horseshoot Says:
Friday, June 17, 2011 @1:39:15 PM


jim109b Says:
Saturday, June 18, 2011 @4:11:12 PM

Excellent, Donnie :)

gdoc Says:
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 @9:35:27 PM

Great to hear!

dgill Says:
Saturday, June 25, 2011 @5:25:49 AM

After putting me through a great deal of tests, stress and loss of dollars, they have now decided to change my Diabetes meds. My last scheduled visit was Thursday. All tests came back OK, for the most part and now they are listening to what I told them from the beginning. It has been frustrating for me and I am now back to where I was before, not wanting to go to the Dr. even when you think there is something going on. Thanks again for all your support.

rickshunter1 Says:
Saturday, June 25, 2011 @6:07:01 AM

I know what you mean Donnie doctors can be frustrating but if they did find something it may have been in time to save your life, to many times you hear well if he had went to the doctor we may have been able to treat it in time and saved his life. I can understand your concern totally sometimes you gotta say look maybe we can go this route first before we try something else,I do that with my doctor before I started my BP meds and Cholestrol meds I asked him to give me 3 months to try and lower it myself and he did but I couldnt accomplish it. Then my BP med was giving me a dry cough and I had read on the internet it could cause it so I asked him to switch me and he did and guess what the cough is gone. I am so glad your ok Donnie all the prayers worked again.

alfiedog Says:
Saturday, June 25, 2011 @6:26:55 AM

Glad everythings OK Donnie, look after yourself Mate.

banjodawg Says:
Saturday, June 25, 2011 @8:08:45 AM

Take care of yourself!

Wes Lassiter Says:
Saturday, June 25, 2011 @11:45:02 AM

Prayers and hopes for you

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