200 HubPages Followers

Along for the Ride
Along for the Ride
Brilliant Scribbles
Brilliant Scribbles

Thank You

I've been writing and publishing here on HubPages for about 4 months now. I know my profile says I've been a member much longer than that, but the truth is I didn't publish my first Hub until just over four months ago. I signed up at a time when I was extremely busy and really didn't have time to sleep let alone write and publish articles. My account just sat dormant for well over a year before I ever read my first article let alone publishing anything. Honestly I still have very little time to devote to writing and all the other great things there are to do here at the Hub, but I have found some time here and there, and it has been a very rewarding experience; I'm so glad I made the time. The point of this project was to say thanks to all of my followers, but after thinking about it I simply want to say thank you to all the wonderful people here at HubPages. Not only my followers, but all those who make this such a great place to spend those few hours I have for whatever it is I want to do. You know; the people who write so eloquently it makes me green with envy and those who take those wonderful vibrant pictures that make my photographs look like a three year old’s crayon scribbles. Not that there isn’t something wonderful and vibrant about the scribbles of a three year old. Some of my favorite pictures are on my fridge and were created by my kids at about that age. The point is that there is so much talent and kindness here it has given me a new perspective of the world, which I previously thought was much darker and conceited than it obviously is. Of course, I don't want to leave out all the thoughtful questions and answers, and the interesting forum topics and debates. It is just refreshing to sign in and discover how the minds of others work and tap into the knowledge that so many people are willing to share with the rest of us.

Follow the Trail
Follow the Trail
Followers
Followers

My Followers

Of course, there is a special place in my heart for the kind people who have taken the time to read my writing and follow me so they can read even more of my ramblings. I might not have been near as active as I have, if it weren't for some of my most faithful followers. They have encouraged me with their thoughtful comments and ideas, and the fact that they keep reading what I write inspires me to keep on writing. I admit that I was a bit skeptical of publishing any of my writing at first. I suppose it was fear of rejection, or maybe just receiving no recognition at all. There is likely nothing more discouraging for a writer than not having any readers. I can deal with readers not agreeing with me, and even not liking what or how I write, but to simply be ignored would probably deter me from publishing anything new at all. I did decide to share some of my writing, and people have been reading and responding; as long as that is the case I’ll keep on writing. I also want to point out that my followers are also great writers, who have taken that chance of putting their thoughts out there for all of us to enjoy. I can’t mention all of them, but I’m am going to point out some of those who have been the most loyal and encouraging, so you might have a chance to see some of their great writing and photography.

phdast7 is a great writer who is always encouraging and helpful, I recommend reading some of her Hubs for some well presented and educated insight into history as well as other various topics.

Civil War Bob also likes to write about history as well as other various topics, and always offers a good laugh along with some great information. He is always there with a thoughtful comment whether we agree on the topic or not.

teaches12345 likes to write about parenting and teaching among other things, and she is great to follow and to have as a follower.

rahul0324 seems to be like the busy bee; always reading and commenting on Hubs of multiple subjects. He is a tremendously talented poet and a great story teller. If you get the chance check out some of his work you won’t be disappointed.

Alastar Packer is yet another history writer who also incorporates some chilling paranormal accounts into his historical information. If you get some extra time and are up for a good ghost story read some of his writing.

I could go on all day, but only have so much time. I'm sorry for all the wonderful Hubbers who follow me that I didn't get to mention, and I want all of you to know that I appreciate you very much. Thanks again to all of my followers, those who have read any of my material, and all the talented writers who make HubPages so great. I wish nothing but the best for each of you.

Together We Stand
Together We Stand

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teaches12345 4 years ago

Dmop, it is my pleasure to follow your hubs. I have enjoyed your views and positive outlook on life. Love your hub reflections of your children. Have to say that trees are a thing of beauty to me and represent growth and wisdom.. good use of this in your post. Thanks so much for the mention and support, I am humbled by your words. Take care and God bless you in your life's journey.


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Leo Voisey 4 years ago from Pune

David Summers, a 37 year old MS patient from Murfreesboro, Tennessee was a score of 8.0 on the Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS) when he had the Combination Liberation Therapy and Stem Cell Transplantation at CCSVI Clinic in March of 2012. Having been diagnosed in 1996 he had been in a wheelchair for the past decade without any sensation below the waist or use of his legs.

“It was late 2011 and I didn’t have much future to look forward to” says David. “My MS was getting more progressive and ravaging my body. I was diagnosed as an 8.0 on the EDSS scale; 1 being mild symptoms, 10 being death. There were many new lesions on my optic nerves, in my brain and on my spinal cord. My neurologist just told me: ‘be prepared to deteriorate’. I knew that he was telling me I didn’t have much time left, or at least not much with any quality.” David had previously sought out the liberation therapy in 2010 and had it done in a clinic in Duluth Georgia. “The Interventional Radiologist who did it told me that 50% of all MS patients who have the jugular vein-clearing therapy eventually restenose. I didn’t believe that would happen to me if I could get it done. But I have had MS for 16 years and apparently my veins were pretty twisted up”. Within 90 days, David’s veins had narrowed again, and worse, they were now blocked in even more places than before his procedure.

“I was so happy after my original procedure in 2010. I immediately lost all of the typical symptoms of MS. The cog fog disappeared, my speech came back, the vision in my right eye improved, I was able to regulate my body temperature again, and some of the sensation in my hands came back. But as much as I wanted to believe I felt something, there was nothing below the waist. I kind of knew that I wouldn’t get anything back in my legs. There was just way too much nerve damage now”. But any improvements felt by David lasted for just a few months.

After his relapse, David and his family were frustrated but undaunted. They had seen what opening the jugular veins could do to improve him. Because the veins had closed so quickly after his liberation procedure, they considered another clinic that advocated stent implants to keep the veins open, but upon doing their due diligence, they decided it was just too risky. They kept on searching the many CCSVI information sites that were cropping up on the Internet for something that offered more hope. Finding a suitable treatment, especially where there was no known cure for the disease was also a race against time. David was still suffering new attacks and was definitely deteriorating. Then David’s mother Janice began reading some patient blogs about a Clinic that was offering both the liberation therapy and adult autologous stem cell injections in a series of procedures during a hospital stay. “These patients were reporting a ‘full recovery’ of their neurodegenerative deficits” says Janice, “I hadn’t seen anything like that anywhere else”. She contacted CCSVI Clinic in late 2011 and after a succession of calls with the researchers and surgeons they decided in favor of the combination therapies.

“I went to CCSVI Clinic in India without knowing what to expect” says David, “but I basically had one shot left and this was it. I was becoming pretty disabled, and I couldn’t think very clearly”. David was triaged with a clinic intake of other MS patients and had the liberation therapy on March 27, 2012. They also drew bone marrow from his hip bone in the same procedure. When he woke up from the procedure, he again felt the immediate effect of the widening of the veins. “In case anyone doesn’t believe that the liberation therapy works, I can tell them that this is much more than placebo effect.” The MS symptoms described earlier again disappeared. Four days later he had the first of the stem cell injections from the cultured cells taken from his hip bone during the liberation therapy. The first transplant was injected into the area just below his spine. Over the next 4 days he would receive about 100 million stem cells cultured in specific growth factors for differentiated effect.

He was not quite prepared for what happened next. A few hours after the first transplant, he was taken back into his hospital room and was transferred to the hospital bed. “I’m not completely helpless when it comes to moving from a chair or a bed”, says David, “One of the things I can do for myself is to use my arms to throw my leg into a position to be able to shift the rest of my body weight over to where I’m going. But this time to my amazement, I didn’t have to pick up the dead weight of my leg and throw it. It moved on its own, exactly where my brain told it to go”. Shortly after his first stem cell transplant procedure, some motor function in his lower body had returned. “This was the first time in 10 years I had any sensation or motor function below my waste so it was quite a shock.”

In the next month, most every motor nerve and body function has either returned or is on its way to recovery. “It’s been over a decade since I’ve had any power over my elimination functions. Now it’s all come back. I have total bladder control”. He’s also working out every day, following the physiotherapy routine given him by the clinic. “For years, I haven’t been able to work out without getting sick for a couple of days afterward. Now I have muscles popping out all over the place where I haven’t seen them since my MS became progressive…and I can work out as hard or as much as I want. With my ability to do the hard work my balance is improving each day and I’m able to take steps unassisted. I’m definitely going to be coming all the way back.”

Dr. Av Gupte, the neurosurgeon who has now done over 2000 adult autologous stem cell transplants for various neurologic disease conditions says that the stem cells in David’s body will continue to work their healing process for the next year. “With the incredible progress I’ve seen so far, I won’t need a year”, says David. “It’s only been a little over two months and I have most everything back. I can’t wait to get up each day to check out my improvements. My right hand is completely back to normal without any numbness and the left is on its way. I have good strength in my legs now and I’m working on the balance”.

Other MS patients treated with the combination therapy over the past 18 months have seen similar improvements but none have been as disabled as David. “If I can come back from where I was, most everyone with MS could too. For me, CCSVI Clinic has been my miracle and I can’t say enough about the doctors, researchers and staff who are helping me to recover. For me, MS was my previous diagnosis”.For more information please visit http://www.ccsviclinic.ca/?p=904


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coffeegginmyrice 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

Hi dmop! I feel the same. Virtual friends, they're good! Yes, of course and it is proven here on HubPages as well. It is great to learn many interesting things from many hubbers, how intellectual these people are, how romantic, how amusing, how creative, how talented and how motivating. And you are one of them! Keep on blabbin', I mean hubbin'!


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dmop 4 years ago from Cambridge City, IN Author

teaches12345, thank you for your continued support. I try to keep a positive attitude, and always cherish my children. Life would seem pointless without them. I agree that trees are beautiful, and I just love the way the two of them stand together in the last photo. Thanks again and have a wonderful day.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

I enjoy following you. I find your hubs intertaining. Have a great day..


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Mommiegee 4 years ago from Alabama

Wow, Congratulations dmop! Your articles are always very informative. Keep up the good work!


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dmop 4 years ago from Cambridge City, IN Author

coffeegginmyrice, thank you for reading, following, and for the great comment. It brought a smile to my face as I read it this morning. You too are one of the talented writers that makes this such a great place to be. Have a fantastic day.


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dmop 4 years ago from Cambridge City, IN Author

always exploring, I enjoy following you as well. I will try to make time to check out some more of your work soon. Thanks for stopping, and have a nice day.


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Your the kind of hubber other hubbers like to follow dmop. Now, watch that 200 grow my friend and keep the goose hangin' high lol(keep the spirit positive!)


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dmop 4 years ago from Cambridge City, IN Author

Mommiegee, 200 hundred may not be a huge number for some, but I consider it a milestone. I'm glad you like my work. Enjoy your day.


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dmop 4 years ago from Cambridge City, IN Author

Alastar Packer, as soon as I seen your comment I thought; there's a name I should have included. I appreciate all your support and the generous comments. I think I will add your name to my list. Thanks again and have a great day.


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia

Such a nice tribute to your followers. I get a lot of satisfaction and inspiration when I publish something and my followers respond to it. That's one of the things I like so much about Hubpages. I can count on some kind of response from my followers and I try to make sure I respond to their work as well. Congrats on reaching 200 followers. It is a big to deal to have even one follower, I think. Well done.


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Angela Brummer 4 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

I am hoping for 200 followers also. Although like you have little time to write. I do love writting and have publishe 100's of hubs in mind! LOL Nice to meet you!


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dmop 4 years ago from Cambridge City, IN Author

Cyndi10, all the responses are my favorite part of writing here at HubPages. I agree that even one follower is a big deal, so I really feel blessed to have as many as I do. Thank you for reading, commenting, and following. I hope you have an awesome day.


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dmop 4 years ago from Cambridge City, IN Author

Angela Brummer, I see you made it to 200, much quicker than myself I might add; congrats. Thank you for stopping by and for leaving a comment. Hope you day is great.


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tirelesstraveler 4 years ago from California

Congratulations on your 200 followers. They are some of the best. You are gracious in your tributes to them:)


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dmop 4 years ago from Cambridge City, IN Author

tirelesstraveler, there are so many great people here at HubPages, I just wish I could include them all. Well, I suppose I have in a way. Thanks for reading and for leaving a comment, have a great day.


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addingsense 4 years ago from kerala

wish you a 100000 followers


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dmop 4 years ago from Cambridge City, IN Author

I'm content with the followers I have though the more the merrier I suppose. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment, I hope your day is great, and wish you 100000 followers as well.


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Oh dmop, what a lovely hub and how generous you were to include me. My apologies, I am at least two months behind in my reading, so I missed this. I am so glad HP has been a good place for you, it has been a good place for me too. And congratulations on your 200 and heres to many more months and years of reading and writing pleasure for all of us. Blessings! Sharing.


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

Congrats on your milestone of 200 followers--really nice way to commemorate it!


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

dmop, you are a talented writer. Your writing style and voice is excellent. I am glad to have found a great new Hubber to follow.


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John Sarkis 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Hi dmop, and what a wonderful hub this one is.

Yes, Teresa, Alastar and rahul0324 are three exceptional writers; I like Bob as well, he's unique and brings something different to the table.

Great hub - voted up

John


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dmop 4 years ago from Cambridge City, IN Author

Leo Voisey, I think your comment is completely unrelated to the topic at hand, but approved it because the message is a good one. I think it could have been a hub by its self as it stands.


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dmop 4 years ago from Cambridge City, IN Author

Theresa, I am behind on reading and commenting here at the Hub as well. My new job and all the things I have had to learn have taken up all my time. I'm a bit concerned as I will be starting school again in the fall. Thank you so much for the encouragement and support you have graciously given to me, I truly appreciate it. I may not have much time right now but I will be stopping in from time to time until my schedule allows more free time. I hope things are well with you and will be looking forward to reading more of your work in the future.

dmop


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dmop 4 years ago from Cambridge City, IN Author

RTalloni, 200 followers is a pretty good following, I felt it was worth a mention at the very least. I'm certainly not bragging, but rather thanking all those who have honored me by following. Thank you for taking a moment to read and comment. I hope you have a fantastic day.


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dmop 4 years ago from Cambridge City, IN Author

rebeccamealey, thank you so much for the kind words. I feel lucky to have such great followers and friends here on Hub pages. It is refreshing to know that there are so many people in the world that are willing to go the extra mile to help out their fellow man or woman. I'm glad you found my writing and I hope life brings you much happiness.

dmop


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dmop 4 years ago from Cambridge City, IN Author

John Sarkis, They are some great writers and good people in general as well. I have many other awesome followers too, including yourself. I'm glad you liked my tribute to those who have been kind enough to follow me. Thanks for stopping and for the comment and vote. I hope you enjoy the rest of your evening.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

Fine photos and an interesting Hub. I have just passed 20,100 views and while that is not extraordinary, what is most appreciated are the 3,300 comments for their diversity, thoughtfulness, and the evidence they give that the commenter/viewer actually read some or all of that Hub of mine. Efforts love observations, and you have had some fine observations on this Hub. Don't stop in mid-flight.


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago

Congratulations! I surely do get inspiration from my followers here on HubPages. Thanks for this excellent article.

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