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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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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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