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Rick Latham Surgery And Recovery

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Hi Friends and Fans,

This is the most difficult post I have ever made.

First of all, please know that I am feeling fine and I am fully confident that things will be back to normal in no time, despite the following not-so-pleasant news.

Recently, I had a routine physical exam with X-rays, CT scans, etc.  I was feeling, and still feel, totally fine. However, my wife and I decided we should do this because neither of us have had one in a while.

Well, to make a long story short (or maybe longer), they found a mysterious mass in my chest area, near my heart. It was suggested that I find a specialist to have it checked more thoroughly.  I did find such a doctor (actually a brilliant thoracic specialist/surgeon) who suggests I have the mass surgically removed before it possibly begins to push on my heart. Again, I’m feeling fine and no symptoms … Crazy, right?

So … It turns out that there are two types of surgery for removing such a mass. While one is less invasive and performed robotically, the other is what they call transternal, which is basically opening the chest (like open heart surgery)!!

The doctor suggests that transternal is the best option for me so he can get the whole thing out and check out what is happening in and around that area.  I will travel back to L.A. later in July to schedule the surgery soon thereafter.  

I decided to come back to Milano, as scheduled in June, to get my things in order here, put equipment in storage, and put activities on hold for a while in Europe.  Not sure what I’ll be able to do and when after the surgery … Have to take it sloooooow for a while. (Me, slow? … Not good)

After surgery, the initial recovery time will be around six weeks or so and then it takes about six months for the breast bone to fully fuse back together after this!  Thus, this post letting everyone know what is happening, before you start hearing all sorts of crazy things!

It seems that especially in recent years we have all offered prayers, emotional support, and/or whatever we can to loved ones and friends in need. This time it’s me … as much as I hate to say it!

I have no medical insurance that will cover the costs of such a surgery so I am setting up this GoFundMe campaign to ask for help with these expenses, which can become quite enormous, as well as the fact that I will not be able to work during the recovery period.  All contributions, whether small, large, or merely emotional, will be greatly appreciated.  You can also make donations via PayPal if you prefer....!  Please contact me for that direct link.

I have total confidence in the doctor, as he is one of the best in the field for thoracic surgery. He’s also a great guy and very informative and attentive to my concerns. He returns my calls personally (I have his cell number) and he even texts me back when I have questions … Rare!!!!!

I’m really not so concerned about the surgery itself but more about rescheduling all my stuff and putting life on hold for a minute … I’ll miss a few important opportunities which (we all know as musicians) is a drag.  However, life is more important!

In closing, I would just like to say that I do encourage everyone to have their yearly physical (with pictures), and don’t wait if something feels or looks a little funny!! Have it checked out!!! You just never know in cases like this unless someone happens to catch it in an X-ray or CT scan, etc.

Thank God for these tools, techniques, and medical science.

I will be posting updates periodically so stay tuned.  It will definitely be “All About the Groove” after this.

Thank you for all the Love and Support moving forward.  Forward is the only way I know.

All the best for now,

Rick
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Hi Friends,

Just a short Post Op Update....:)

I am now back home after my surgery and I must say, I am feeling Really Great!!!

The Dr. said things went really well and the best outcome that we could have hoped for. The biopsy of the mass: BENIGN!!! Yay!!!

Aside from the soreness, in and around my chest and upper body (to be expected) I am feeling fine. Resting, little walks, eating well and lots of water. My girls are all taking good care of Hubby and Dad. The photos of the scars below are only to show the severity of the operation. Not meaning to gross you out. I am actually a little amazed at how good I do feel. Medical Science, again, pretty amazing!!! That's a good thing..!

I am so thankful for Dr. Samer A. Kanaan and his team and as well as all the folks assisting him, before, during and after surgery.

All of your support means everything to me and I still humbly ask for donations at this time, directly to my

GoFundMe Campaign. http://www.gofundme.com/HelpRickLatham

Every bit of this help is so much appreciated, more than you know.

The initial estimate from the Hospital is $129,558.00 !!!

I still have a long way to go, to cover the expenses which are forthcoming, but I remain optimistic that I will find the means to manage things.

In closing, I encourage everyone to please share this, my story and my campaign with all your Friends, The Drumming/Percussion Community, as well as any mutual Music Industry Associates, etc.

Keep an eye on my FB and Instagram pages for future updates to come.

Thank You for your Prayers and Support..this far.

Much Love to You All.

Onward and Upward,

It's All About The Groove!!!!

Rick
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RICK'S SURGERY UPDATE #3

Hi Friends,

Many Greetings from back in Los Angeles.

Just a short update to let you know that my surgery is scheduled for this week, the morning of Thursday, August 9th.

I am still feeling fine, positive and confident that all will go well.

Please remember me in your thoughts and prayers and wish me well as I undergo my procedure and begin my recovery.

All of your support means everything to me and I still humbly ask for donations at this time, directly​ to my
GoFundMe Campaign.

http://www.gofundme.com/HelpRickLatham

Every bit of this help is so much appreciated more than you know.

I still have a long way to go, to cover the expenses which are forthcoming, but I remain optimistic that I will find the means to manage things.

As before, I would like to send a "Big" Thank You!!!!, to all who have already donated.

In closing, I encourage everyone to please share this, my story and my campaign with all your Friends, The Drumming/Percussion Community, as well as any mutual Music Industry Associates, etc.

Keep an eye on my FB and Instagram pages for future updates to come.

Thank You and Much Love to You All.

Onward and Upward,

Rick
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RICK'S MEDICAL UPDATE #2

Hi Friends,
As I am wrapping up work and all my things here in Milano, I am preparing for my return to L.A. this coming Tuesday, to schedule my surgery. I remain Positive and Confident, Strong and Feeling Great! However, I will certainly feel more relieved after the removal of the mass in my chest. I still need all the help and support I can get and humbly ask for your donations to my GoFundMe campaign, as well as your good thoughts and prayers. Every bit helps and is so much appreciated.
http://www.gofundme.com/HelpRickLatham
I still have a long way to go financially, to cover the expenses which will be forthcoming, but I remain optimistic that I will be able to manage things.
In addition, I would like to publicly send a “Big" Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, to all who have already donated.
In closing, I also ask and encourage everyone to please share this, my story and my campaign with all your Friends, The Drumming Community, as well as any mutual Music Industry Associates, etc.
All the best and ciao for now.
Onward and Upward,
Rick
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RICK' S MEDICAL UPDATE:

Hi Friends,

I just wanted to send my first BIG "Thank You" to those who are already supporting my GoFundMe Campaign. Your donations are all greatly appreciated. Every donation will help me so much, due to my lack of insurance.

Please be reassured that I am feeling great and as mentioned initially, no symptoms what so ever. I am going ahead with everyday life, as normal, arranging things...tying up loose ends here in Milano, some teaching, studio things and playing a few gigs etc. as usual …… You will not see me slowing down before the surgery. Even when I return to L.A., later this month, I plan to continue “full speed ahead”. However, knowing this surgery is inevitable and serious, it is always in the back of my mind. I am confident and remain very positive.

My surgery will be scheduled for sometime in August, My GoFundMe campaign will continue towards my goal, to help with the Doctor, Surgery and Hospital expenses, as well as my recovery.

I would just like to add, I have also set up a direct link. for making donations through PayPal, if you prefer. Several people have asked me about this. Contact me for that information.

Thank you again so much for contributing, I can never say thank you enough! Please keep me in your thoughts, prayers, and shares....!
http://www.gofundme.com/HelpRickLatham

Rick
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