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newhorror2010
03-16-2010, 11:47 AM
You all know me on here now as "newhorror2010", my real name is John Elks. Ever since Transworld of last year I've been planning a return visit, unfortunately those plans have been crushed & shot all to hell.
Approx. 2 weeks ago I was diagnosed with a brain tumor, still, all the way up to this point I tried deperately to live my life normal as possible & get ready for Transworld. This would've been my 2nd time going & I was so happy because I had a bigger budget to take this time.
My surgery has been scheduled for next weekend which happens to be during Transworld. I am so frustrated & upset I can no longer go, but the tumor MUST come out.

After this post I have to be on bed rest unil time of surgery, afterwards (& as long as I'm able to pull through) I'll update you all on my status. I am SO sorry.
These are the cards I was dealt & I'm playing them out the best I can.

Regretfully,

John

Larry, I'm just glad you kept us up to date with your pics & posts, that's gonna be the only way I can see The Darkness now. Great job to you & your crew!

Badger
03-16-2010, 11:49 AM
Best of luck on the surgery John. I know many people here will be pulling for you. Please keep us updated as to your progress...

newhorror2010
03-16-2010, 11:50 AM
Thank you, I will.

MDKing
03-16-2010, 11:52 AM
John,

I'm very sorry to hear of this news regarding your health. Nothing is more important than being healthy and I pray you have a successful surgery and speedy recovery. Transworld will always be around, there will be plenty of updates about the show right here on the forum.

Take care of yourself and keep us all posted!

Allan Bennett

Allen H
03-16-2010, 12:05 PM
John,
I will collect catalogs from vendors and mail the to you. Please PM me your address. There is always next for TW and you might be up to speed when MHC comes around. stay strong and I will send you catalogs.
Allen H

FEAR ASYLUM
03-16-2010, 12:09 PM
Allthough I do not know you ,you are a haunter and therefore you are family there I must offer up my deepest and sincere wishes for you too pull through and come back to doing what you love and hold so dearly too your heart , I know I can say on behalf of every one in our industry our love and prayers are with you my friend as you forgo this indeavor see you soon. Your friend mike

graystone
03-16-2010, 12:23 PM
Best of luck to you for a full and speedy recovery! There will be many more TransWorlds you do what you need to do and get better we all will be praying for you! Shane and its your in my thoughts and prayers! Shane this time.

Jolly Pumpkin
03-16-2010, 12:33 PM
I know how you feel. When I was 5 I had open heart surgery. I missed Halloween, celebrated my birthday in the hospital and had to repeat a grade because of all the time I missed being so sick and recovering from surgery. You'll get through this. My experience of having open heart surgery is what got me interested in Halloween and haunted houses. But that's a story for another time. Good luck and remember that the haunt industry will still be there when you are done with surgery.

BruiseMuse
03-16-2010, 12:34 PM
I wish you a speedy recovery John and let us know if there is anything we can do.

zephro
03-16-2010, 12:53 PM
Your health comes first, there will be more shows. Get healthy and we'll be thinking of you.

Chris

Front Yard Fright
03-16-2010, 01:05 PM
I'm so sorry to hear...
I hope your surgery goes well and you make a speedy recovery.

chuck weber
03-16-2010, 02:21 PM
If I didn't have bad luck, I'd have no luck at all. I am so tired of rolling with the punches, I can't roll anymore. Hang in there, man. we're all here for you. I will say a prayer for you. I wish you only the best. Don't worry, you'll be back at TRANSWORLD next year. Take care, Best wishes, Chuck

SomeThingInTheIce
03-16-2010, 02:36 PM
I hope all goes well, the show can wait untill next year and then you can go at it like gang busters.

themagicofjustinarrigo
03-16-2010, 02:39 PM
I hate news like this, good luck bro!

elowther
03-16-2010, 03:00 PM
We'll be thinking of you John,

We all wish you a speedy recovery. Transworld is nothing compared to the big picture and getting well. It will be here next year bigger and better than ever waiting for you.

When you can post updates on how you are doing.

pm me with your address and I'll send you a disk with the Power Point slideshow of my seminar. That way you can watch it while you recover and feel like you are there. With all the catalogs Allen will send, that should keep you entertained during your recovery period.

Take care,

Eric

Fear Unfathomed
03-16-2010, 03:11 PM
I don't know you personally either, but I am praying that all goes well and that you recovery fully and quickly. People say my camera is permanently attached to me, so I will take many pics at Transworld and post them on a site for you to view.
-Lauren

damon carson
03-16-2010, 03:44 PM
Thats really bad and sorry to hear about this. Eric is right Transworld will be there bigger and better than this year next March. So take care and get better. P.M me your address and I will too send you a get well soon care package from this years Transworld Show. OKAY!
Damon

drfrightner
03-16-2010, 04:35 PM
Man that just totally totally SUCKS... I got your email about this and I was going to send you my best. I really do hope nothing but the best for you and if there is ANYTHING I can do you just let me know. Larry

SpookywoodsFX.com
03-16-2010, 04:36 PM
John, if you don't mind, what type of tumor is it?
My fingers are crossed for you buddy. It will be over before you know it and (hopefully) you wont remember a thing from it. Exactly 15 months ago yesterday, I went in around 5:30am for open heart surgery to have a piece of my heart cut out. I woke up that evening with a couple tubes down my throat. After some tugging and 'bird' tossing (at the nurse) the tubes came out and I was able to talk and breath again on my own. I remember absolutely nothing from the surgery. I'm not going to sugar coat it, healing was difficult but but your hurdles will be different than mine. I'm now fighting a small brain tumor of my own but my hope is that we caught it in time and the meds will dissolve it without the need for surgery.
I wish you ALL the luck in the world that day, John. You're going to go through something not many people will understand when it's over-with. Be sure to give yourself the time you need to heal properly afterwards. Take comfort in your friends and family and don't be too shy to ring that bell when you need something ;)
Keep us updated on your progress!
By the way, I asked if they could video it for me... They couldn't but I got a couple nice 8.5X11 glossy photo's of my heart! lol

dawn408
03-16-2010, 06:20 PM
John---I'm so sorry to hear this. Stay positive and I hope you are back up on your feet and back to the haunt soon. We are really looking forward to seeing the new room ideas you are planning this year.
On a side note...The haunt John is at is fantastic. If you are ever in Nashville you must stop by Death Row. It is an amazingly huge haunt with practically every prop and animation ever made and John has some great room ideas.

Umby
03-16-2010, 08:03 PM
I don't know you personally but me and my family wish you the very best of luck and a speedy recovery... you will be in our prayers.

ScreamParkBarnibus
03-17-2010, 01:08 AM
Best of luck fellow haunter. These times are hard but we pull through with a stronger out look and a cool scar. Get well soon!
~Matt~

brad
03-17-2010, 04:51 AM
Im sayin a pryaer for you right now, and I really hope you pull thru this.

Keep us updated about how the surgery goes.

kpolley
03-17-2010, 05:16 AM
All the best. I'll echo everyone else and say that nothing is more important than your health right now. The rest can wait. I'll be praying for you. Hang in there.

Gore Galore
03-17-2010, 05:44 AM
Just take care of yourself.
And we will miss you at Transworld.
But I hope to see you posting excessively here on the forum following your surgery.

Darkblood
03-17-2010, 02:30 PM
I will be praying for you.
As people have said, I don't know you but consider you a fellow haunter in the family!
Best wishes,
Kirk

Raycliff Manor
03-18-2010, 07:40 AM
John, the entire Raycliff Fright Team is holding you in positive thoughts and prayers. When you come through this, may it deliver to you a renewed lease on life with an even greater heightened sense of passion for pursuing and living your dreams. The darkest storms can produce the most beatiful skies as they diminish my friend and you are only passing through a veil that will open you to a brand new experience! Please do post updates so we can share in the joy of your expedient recovery. As was said in a previous post, you are haunt family!

Kel

newhorror2010
03-18-2010, 11:36 AM
THANK YOU to EVERYONE for the EVER SO KIND WORDS. I felt tears coming to my eyes as I read all your posts, words fail me right now as I try to think of a way to express my gratitude. So I say THANK YOU ALL again.
The surgery is at 9AM, on Wed. of next week, I think the only other harder thing for me to go through than the surgery itself is the waiting of arrival at that day. They tried scheduling my surgery sooner but I guess the book is pretty full up until that day. THANKFULLY for me, the tumor (intraventricular) is NOT an aggresive tumor BUT it is big & in a bad enough place that it needs to come out. I found out I've had this now for 10 years, that news shocked the hell out of me! So here it is now, the present, & my day is coming up soon.

newhorror2010
03-18-2010, 11:53 AM
I don't know you personally either, but I am praying that all goes well and that you recovery fully and quickly. People say my camera is permanently attached to me, so I will take many pics at Transworld and post them on a site for you to view.
-Lauren

Thank you & greatly apprecaited.

John

newhorror2010
03-18-2010, 12:00 PM
John, if you don't mind, what type of tumor is it?
My fingers are crossed for you buddy. It will be over before you know it and (hopefully) you wont remember a thing from it. Exactly 15 months ago yesterday, I went in around 5:30am for open heart surgery to have a piece of my heart cut out. I woke up that evening with a couple tubes down my throat. After some tugging and 'bird' tossing (at the nurse) the tubes came out and I was able to talk and breath again on my own. I remember absolutely nothing from the surgery. I'm not going to sugar coat it, healing was difficult but but your hurdles will be different than mine. I'm now fighting a small brain tumor of my own but my hope is that we caught it in time and the meds will dissolve it without the need for surgery.
I wish you ALL the luck in the world that day, John. You're going to go through something not many people will understand when it's over-with. Be sure to give yourself the time you need to heal properly afterwards. Take comfort in your friends and family and don't be too shy to ring that bell when you need something ;)
Keep us updated on your progress!
By the way, I asked if they could video it for me... They couldn't but I got a couple nice 8.5X11 glossy photo's of my heart! lol

It's a intraventricular tumor, it's in the part of the brain that makes spinal fluid, from what I remember of the diagram I was shown there are two areas in the brain that make spinal fluid & the tumor has almost completely taken over one of those areas. THANKFULLY for me the tumor is slow growing & non-aggressive BUT because of it's size, etc., it has to come out. I am trying to stay as optimistic as possible so I do have one funny thing to say- The day I found out I had a tumor one of the very first things I did was stare at myself in the mirror & instead of having the "more important" thoughts like I should've had I thought to myself "Damn! I hope I don't miss Halloween this season!" I told that to a few friends of mine, they thought I had really lost it!
The good thing now is I AM looking forward to a brighter future, & can't wait to get back into my prop building! I have several flesh.....fresh ideas that would make my friends here at home envious!

John

newhorror2010
03-18-2010, 12:03 PM
Man that just totally totally SUCKS... I got your email about this and I was going to send you my best. I really do hope nothing but the best for you and if there is ANYTHING I can do you just let me know. Larry

THANK YOU for your thoughts & prayers, I will have either my mom or a close friend check my mail on a regular basis while I'm in recovery. I'm looking forward now more than ever to the next issue of HauntWorld LOL!

drfrightner
03-18-2010, 01:52 PM
We'll make sure the next issue gets out to you no problem. Whatever we can do for you we'll do... good luck! Larry