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Heart Patient Drowning in Debt

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Raised by 11 people in 40 months
I've been a musician for 45 years. My passion is music. I believe it has kept me alive through all the trials and tribulations I've experienced throughout the years.
My life has always been an upward battle. In 1997, I contracted a severe case of Pancreatitis and I graciously won myself a helicopter ride to the nearest major hospital. That year also brought me the curse of Type 2 Diabetes. Both cases I could live with rather comfortably.
It wasn't until 1999 that my life took a turn for the worst. I experienced something I would come to know all too well. I was 44 and felt the gripping sensation in my left arm. I had no idea it would be my first of 7 life-threatening heart attacks.
Today, I am almost more metal than man. I was given 11 stents to open my clogged arteries. I underwent numerous surgeries to eradicate my heart disease. I even had my sternum cracked open to facilitate an invasive quadruple-bypass surgery in 2005, which proved faulty and collapsed. Yet my upward battle had not reached its peak.
The past 6 months have been a struggle. I've been admitted to the Veteran's Hospital 7 times and the debt I've obtained is pulling me under. The bank threatens the security of my car and my house. I've worked my hands to the bone providing for my 3 children. My youngest of which, goes off to college this fall.
However, my doctor will no longer allow me to work. He said I'll kill myself if I do. I must keep my family afloat while I still can. We all have been hit by these hard times and I believe everyone needs a helping hand sometimes. I would appreciate anything you can offer me, even if it's just kind words of motivation.


Sincerely,
A peaceful musician,
Gary Jones.


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Update 19
28 months ago
I have been away for a while. I now am victim to a stroke. It has left my arms week and very painful. That is the bad stuff, the good stuff happened right before this. I was in the middle of getting into a seven piece band and had practiced all week for this position and I had this weird feeling come over me the night before practice. At about 4:30 am the three fingers most furthest right on my right hand were dead! I used my left hand to move them. They were in the open position and I moved them closed and they snapped opened. and both left and right hands and arms started hurting. Well I went to get up and almost fell on the floor because my whole right side was numb. I went to the ER stupidly at 6:30 am and they told me I was having a stroke. All get out went crazy and all these doctors and nurses were doing everything on me . It was a blur. I got through that part and have been evaluated and tested etc. I need surgery. Bottom line, because I had injured my neck before. I am a US Navy Veteran and disabled on top of all. But don't count me out. I need everyone's help with this one. PLease pass this on and May God Bless....
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Update 18
32 months ago
Well, Christmas has passed now but the tensions about are still high. Please everyone, exercise patience when being served or waiting in a line. It's better to go to and from some destination without injury or injuring another. Love your fellow human being!
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Update 17
32 months ago
In this photo I was pretty happy, because my brother in law outta the blue decided to come to Florida and visit me for his birthday. My mother and he share a birthday. We had a great time playing guitar. I just got out of the hospital again just before he came, I am very glad he came. If I have not said it yet, Everyone Merry Christmas 2013!!!
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Update 16
38 months ago
I know that most people out there might think this is a ruse and do not pay much attention. I have not done my part in trying to reach the right crowd. My heart is working pretty hard to keep me going if anybody passes this on I will greatly appreciate it. Hey if you have any ideas on who this link needs to be sent to shoot me an email gjones621@gmail.com God Bless!
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Gary Jones
32 months ago

Sorry for all the delay in communication everyone. I was hospitalized two and a half weeks ago. and have been involved full swing in recovery and the holidays. I do appreciate all the love and gifts you all have sent. God bless and thank you!!

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Gary Jones
40 months ago

There is greatness about humanity. Standing by while someone falls doesn't work. When one falls, a little bit of everyone falls too. It is important to care for our fellow man.

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$470 of $15k goal

Raised by 11 people in 40 months
Created May 1, 2013
KK
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Keith Kaley
28 months ago

Thank you for your service. God bless you and your family.

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DB
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Donelle Brierley
28 months ago

I'm sorry that's all I can afford right now, uncle. I will spread the word though. You are an inspiration to me- more than you know, and I'm sorry for that. I need to share with you what all of moms stories about you have done for me. You round house kicked life in the ass and should be proud of all you have done. I love you. Don't go anywhere yet, please.

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Alicja Michaud
39 months ago

Praying for you Gary. Hope to see you soon.

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Gary Jones
32 months ago

Sorry for all the delay in communication everyone. I was hospitalized two and a half weeks ago. and have been involved full swing in recovery and the holidays. I do appreciate all the love and gifts you all have sent. God bless and thank you!!

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Gary Jones
40 months ago

There is greatness about humanity. Standing by while someone falls doesn't work. When one falls, a little bit of everyone falls too. It is important to care for our fellow man.

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