It's been one year since I became so sick and was hospitalized for three month's, I thought I'd let my Banjo friends know how I'm doing. The past year has been up and down but overall I've made huge steps in my recovery. I am still being feed on a I.V. and will be for some time they say, but I could someday be removed from it for short periods of time thought out the day. They are considering me for a small bowel transplant in the spring of 2013, if I'm physically ready for such a major surgery. I hope to have some sort of normal life again and a transplant would provide that. As for my music , I have had the chance to revisit my playing and make slight changes to my style, which comes from my studies of Fleck, Trischka, Vestal and Kruger. I have learned to slow down a bit and capture the details of their playing because of my unlimited time to practice these day's. I have finished the writing of a gospel Album, which has been a reflection of my walk with this illness and the hurdles I've had to jump. I don't question what happened to me, but I would not be truthful if I said that I'm not a little baffled by why I contracted such a illness that has never affected any of my family members as far back as we can find. Something to be said about generational diseases, and how that skip along through families, getting one person and not another. They say God will never give you more than you can handle, but I have had my fair share, so it's time for the load to be taken off my back, because I'm getting tired of carrying it.. The banjo has been my saving grace through it all and I'm glad I have never lost interest in playing because without it, I really don't know what I would do with myself. For another year, at least, I will be strapped to a I.V. pole and basically confined to the house 90% of the time. Maybe I will be able to make a bluegrass festival someday soon and enjoy some late night banjo picking in the community of camp site musicians. Hope to see some of my Banjohangout friends out there picking right along side me....peace........
Saturday, October 13, 2012 @1:36:02 AM
Kevin, what an inspirational story. I'm glad you're so positive about such a devastating illness, and hope and pray that you fully recover as soon as possible. I'd love to get back over to the states and pick with you at a festival. Maybe in the future, you never know !
Saturday, October 13, 2012 @6:21:13 AM
Thanks for your comments. I will be living in the Branson Missouri area begining Febuary 2013. Look me up if you get that way and we'll pick...take care....peace
Saturday, October 13, 2012 @7:18:05 AM
We are pulling for you man! The banjo has helped me through some pretty terrible stuff in my life too, so I know what you mean there. Maybe sometime in the near future you can get out and about and pick again. Or maybe some BHO guys nearby can come over there and jam with you!
Saturday, October 13, 2012 @7:56:57 AM
God has truly blessed you my friend. He has given you the strength to persevere, adapt and overcome. My humble guess is that He is using you as an example and inspiration for others. You are surrounded by a fine family and a multitude of friends who truly care about you. The benefit show was solid proof of that. Although my banjo journey is focused on clawhammer style, I am still listening to your banjo clips from past years and thoroughly enjoy your pickin'. Let's continue to keep in touch!
Saturday, October 13, 2012 @5:57:05 PM
I send you my best wishes and you will be in our prayers. What does not kill us makes us stronger.
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