Sunday, March 07, 2010

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Fighting back ...


After hearing my son Ronin would in all likelyhood, not make it ... and that if he did, he would likely suffer extensive brain damage ... I couldn't hold back the tears when an hour or two ago, he woke up - and started telling everyone he needed to get up and take a piss. The wonderful medical staff informed me that his open heart surgery wasn't the issue - it was the extended period of time that he went without oxygen that was the problem. I was trying not to allow my hopes to lift to high - but failed miserably when he open his eyes and asked 'dad, is that you?' ... tomorrow we'll know more. he still has a long way to go - but according to the medical staff in the ICU - his present condition defies all odds. Thank you everyone for your wonderful support ..
much love
JBW

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Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family
Will Machado Geraldton

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Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Will/Machado Geraldton

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Dear John

I am so pleased to hear that your son has a strong heart like his dad.

I was so saddened to hear about his condition but now elated about his waking up and it would appear that his brain deficit is not as bad as first thought.

Warmest regards and blessings


Nikki Lange

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That is Fantastic news! :)
I will go to sleep now with a smile on my face.

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That is Fantastic news! :)
I will go to sleep now with a smile on my face.

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Dear John

It is so wonderful that your son has a big strong heart like his dad. I was so saddened to hear about his accident and now I am elated that his brain deficit is not as bad as first thought.

My heartfelt thoughts go out to you, your son and the rest of your family.

Warmest regards and blessings

Nikki Lange

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Dear John

It is so wonderful that your son has a big strong heart like his dad. I was so saddened to hear about his accident and now I am elated that his brain deficit is not as bad as first thought.

My heartfelt thoughts go out to you, your son and the rest of your family.

Warmest regards and blessings

Nikki Lange

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Brett Morrison 9:29 pm

You inspire many throughout the wider martial arts community and our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
RAAF Base Williams Jujitsu - Laverton

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Anonymous 9:39 pm

Very glad to hear that things are looking up. I hope for the best.

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MIck Pope 9:41 pm

Ditto from me and all of us at Hangar 4

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Dan Toole 10:14 pm

Glad to hear he awake and coherent, all the best for the surgery tomorrow.

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Anonymous 10:58 pm

Kia kaha mate you and your whanau

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Craig Cruickshank 11:04 pm

John,

Our thoughts are with you and your family.

Craig.. Townsville

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Neal Martin 11:26 pm

Very sorry to hear about your son, John. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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All of us here on the other side of the world are hoping and praying for a strong recovery. You have inspired us with your love of your profession and your love of your family, and anything we can do to support, we will.

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Anonymous 4:14 am

Our thoughts and prayers are with your son, your family, and you during your sons recovery.

Mammoth Lakes Jiu Jitsu USA

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Fuck Yes!! Go Ronin!!!

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Anonymous 5:51 am

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family John.
Doctors can only give advice based on statistics and averages, and it sounds like Ronin sure isn't either of those.
Wishing you all the best it is fantastic that he woke up.

God bless from NZ
Ben

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Anonymous 5:57 am

Sorry to hear about Ronin, happy he is improving. Take care, best wishes.

Harvey

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Andrew 7:58 am

Very sorry to hear this - best wishes for a full and speedy recovery

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Adam Adshead 9:07 am

What a mix of emotion! Such terrible news and now a matter of hours later he's fighting back against all odds, which is just amazing!

I told everyone at Factory BJJ today and we're all keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

Take care John, we wish you all the best.

Adam Adshead and Factory BJJ

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Leyla 9:17 am

I'm very glad to hear that it's looking up!
Sending much love,
Leyla

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So sorry to hear that something so terrible has happened, and so glad to hear that already Ronin is beating the odds! All the best to you and your family in this hard time, and most of all best of luck to Ronin

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Mike and Karen Valentine 10:25 am

John
Our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with you and your son.

Mike and Karen
USA

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All the best for a quick recovery.

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Ian Lorentzen 11:47 am

Deeply saddened by this event but elated his condition has improved.

Warm regards
Ian Lorentzen

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John,

All of your Seattle crew is praying and sending good thoughts your way.

Korbett

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My thoughts are with you and your family John, hope it all works out.
Matthew Cugola
Martial Arts Qld

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Anonymous 2:36 pm

John, i was so shocked to hear this and then soo releived that he is now looking a lot better. My thoughts and prayers are with you and i hope he makes a full recovery. Michael

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Anonymous 7:33 pm

Was shocked when i found out, and now are so releived to here he is looking better. Hope he continues. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Michael J

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Anonymous 8:00 pm

there are always exceptions to the rule i hope all goes well, sounds promising kia kaha

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Mike Fooks 8:16 pm

so stoked to hear he's on the upswing. We're all thinking of you and your family,John.

Mike and all the team at GroundControl

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Mike Fooks 8:16 pm

so stoked to hear he's on the upswing. We're all thinking of you and your family,John.

Mike and all the team at GroundControl

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John, Just read this and it brought tears to my eyes and a heaviness to my heart. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. May all our strength be given to Ronin to fight back. I know I speak on behalf of all Zen Do Kai when I wish Rionin to make a full recovery and you and your family the strength to survive this ordeal.
Best Wishes
Brad Ross

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Dear John and your family,

Please know I am holding good thoughts and praying for Ronin. It is so exciting to read your news about the progress he's made thus far! I'll be in touch with David for more updates.

Cindy Becker in Sausalito
David's pet sitter

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so pleased to hear ronin is fighting back! its very inspiring to me john how you can put a positive swing on something so horrific..Thank you for sharing your thoughts!but for now,warmest regards and loads of love going out to you guys...GO RONIN!
kelvin @ GSW

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