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Dan has worn many different hats over the years...law enforcement, Army Drill Sergeant, Band of Brothers, High Desert Stampede rodeo boardmember, father, grandpa and husband to name a few. Some of those were harder on his body than others, but they all add up. He has battled neck and back issues for nearly 30 years. In the 1990's he had some discs fused in his neck with plates and screws. In more recent years, he has had multiple surgeries on his lower back to relieve nerve pain and issues.
He's now facing a major surgery that will fuse additional discs from his neck into his upper back. The surgery itself will likely last around 3 hours, but that's just the beginning. He'll spend a few days in the hospital getting the pain under control. For the next 3 months, he'll be wearing a rigid neck brace any time he's not laying down. He won't be allowed to bend, lift, twist, push, pull. If you're visiting this site, you know Dan. This will not be easy for him...he's good at many things, but sitting still and letting others 'do' does not come naturally to him.
He has in hand in many groups and projects so he'll be stepping back and letting others take the lead, at least for now. Thank you to those of you who are picking up as he steps back. It is much appreciated by both of us.
Surgery is scheduled for Wednesday May 26th. I will share updates as I have them, but please feel free to leave him notes any time.