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1 hour ago, YoungWillz said:

Twitter got Brian Lochore dead. DDP pick.

That was quick. It was a second cancer fight which, at 78, always sounded like a fatal event, but yeah, still very quick.

Poker sub for me, but probably not enough to overtake Cpt. Chorizo.

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6 minutes ago, gcreptile said:

That was quick. It was a second cancer fight which, at 78, always sounded like a fatal event, but yeah, still very quick.

Poker sub for me, but probably not enough to overtake Cpt. Chorizo.

Definitely not enough.

 

Currently 15 points behind, maximum for a sub is 14.

 

QO currently elusive.

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26 minutes ago, YoungWillz said:

Definitely not enough.

 

Currently 15 points behind, maximum for a sub is 14.

 

QO currently elusive.

I predict one within the next 10 minutes!

 

Edit after 10 minutes: Boooo!

 

Second edit: That Telegraph QO came after 16 minutes....

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Doddie Weir story in today's Times, below as paywalled:

 

 

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The Scottish rugby legend Doddie Weir says he has been abandoned by doctors since being diagnosed with terminal motor neurone disease.

The former Scotland lock, 49, described the NHS as “cut-throat” and said he had been left to die without help from the medical profession. His damning appraisal of his “dreadful” treatment has prompted calls for far more intervention to help MND sufferers cope with their condition.

In an interview at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Weir, who was diagnosed in June 2017, said the lack of support meant that patients had to work out via the internet how best to look after themselves.

“Every patient has to go home and self care by looking at the computer and seeing what is going to help,” he said. “It’s like going to the doctor with a chest infection. The doctor will say: ‘Yeah, you have a chest infection, off you go.’ Nine times of ten you will get a prescription to try to help you, but with MND there is no advice, there is no prescription, there is nothing.

“It was dreadful. That’s how cut-throat it is. The medical service don’t help you at all. I’ve not spoken to my professor for two and a half years to try and help me.

 

“I found a chiropractor, I go swimming, I do deep sports massage. There was not even anything about doing some exercise, eating some asparagus or drinking red wine and Guinness, which has been absolutely brilliant for me.”

Recounting the experience of getting his diagnosis, Weir said: “The professor basically said to me: ‘You’ve got MND, get yourself a care nurse, get yourself into a corner, you are going to die. That is it, we can’t do anything for you.’ It’s basically a muscle-wasting disease. Eventually your leg muscles disappear, your arm muscles disappear, I can’t touch my head now but I can drink a pint, not with one hand but with two. You’ve got to adapt. Eventually you can’t speak, can’t swallow, it’s horrific in every sort of manner.”

Weir broke down on stage as he described the impact of the illness on his family. The Edinburgh-born forward who earned 61 caps has set up his own foundation, My Name’5 Doddie, to raise money for research into MND.

“I’ve got three young kids,” he said. “They spur me on quite a bit. When you’re in this situation you’ve nothing to lose. I go back to rugby and the lovely education it has given me. My goal is to try to make a difference.”

He disclosed last year that he had gone for private treatment in the US after being denied an experimental drug in the UK. He told the festival audience: “One drug that came out 25 years ago is supposed to extend your life by three months, but otherwise there is nothing else. That’s disgraceful.”

Miles Briggs, the Scottish Conservative health spokesman, said: “MND shouldn’t be a mystery to the NHS any longer. By the time of Doddie’s diagnosis there had been many other cases in Scotland, and awareness was on the rise. These revelations suggest that’s not the case, and more needs to be done. The Scottish government needs to lead from the front on this.”

A spokesman for the government said: “Doddie Weir deserves enormous admiration for [his] courage and dignity. We invest £2.4 million annually in a specialist nursing and care fund which, since 2015, has more than doubled the number of MND nurses. We are developing Scotland’s first national action plan on neurological conditions, which will be launched this year.” NHS Scotland was approached for comment.

 

 

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Former Springbok Carel du Plessis, 58, diagnosed with brain cancer in January, says he's "spiritually strong". 

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Good Doddie Weir documentary on the BBC other day after his SPOTY appearance. Still walking and talking (just about) but falling over a lot and says with "his type" of MND, his biggest goal now is to reach 50 (on July 4th 2020).

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Well, with Ricksen gone and "torchbearer" Pete Frates, gone, too... we need to anoint another MND sufferer to the Drop 40. Doddie Weir is running a big campaign for that.

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1 hour ago, gcreptile said:

Well, with Ricksen gone and "torchbearer" Pete Frates, gone, too... we need to anoint another MND sufferer to the Drop 40. Doddie Weir is running a big campaign for that.

Not to sabotage a thread -- but I would think Nanci Ryder is the next man person up.  At least she is on my list.  Unless you think Steve Gleason is closer to death, nothing to indicate that imho.  Not sure how many would obit, but those two will.  

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22 minutes ago, TomTomTelekom said:

Only few days after death of Brian James another Australian rugby legend and national team player, Mark Harris died at 72 years after long battle with cancer:

https://wwos.nine.com.au/nrl/rugby-league-legend-mark-harris-passes-away/ff603274-08f0-430a-89e8-75e9868bad84


The word “legend” is used so liberally on this forum.

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15 minutes ago, Ulitzer95 said:

The word “legend” is used so liberally on this forum.

 

Yes, it's like "star" in the tabloids.

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