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Posted: Mar 2nd 2011 1:44PM semajin said

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I truly hope that all is well, Beau.

Posted: Mar 2nd 2011 1:46PM cowboyhugbees said

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Well said.

Hope everything works out, Beau.

Posted: Mar 2nd 2011 1:46PM Space Cobra said

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Umm...hmm...hate to ask the obvious, but only cause we worry, Beau.

Are you okay? Gonna be okay?

Posted: Mar 2nd 2011 1:56PM Seldra said

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Hope you get better soon!

I agree, cheap and easy to get into games are really awesome for someone who just wants to play for a little bit and not deal with all the other stuff that p2p games have. I found that with my busy schedule at times I only have an hour or so to play a game and I found that Fusion Fall and Free Realms were really good at that. You forget your troubles for a few and you feel like a kid again.

Posted: Mar 2nd 2011 2:01PM Itoao said

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I too, hope everything works out well for you Beau.
Nice article. I think many people forget sometimes the effect games free or otherwise can have on someones life.

Posted: Mar 2nd 2011 2:12PM Dashx747 said

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Fantastic article Beau. Games can really help in such situations, as I have seen many times. Just ask any kid in a hospital that received a game (that is why I appreciate initiatives such as Child Play). Free games are also really opening doors for many gamers, including people who couldn't afford subscriptions or simply didn't have a method of payments (kids with no credit cards or people in other countries, as me).

Also, I like to say I hope everything works out, Beau.

Posted: Mar 2nd 2011 2:14PM Germaximus said

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Thats a beautiful story.
I've loved video games all my life but when my mom got sick without realizing it i threw myself even deeper into my video games. Nothings been satisfying enough so i play everything i can to be involved with something.

I dont want to be out in the world but i can still be a part of it, sort of.

My mom died this past october. I've been depressed for as long as i can remember and i know her death has effected me a lot, i just couldnt say how much.

Anyways i could sort of relate to this story.

Posted: Mar 2nd 2011 2:20PM Beau Hindman said

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@Germaximus So sorry to hear that, Germ. For me, the games have put a pause on my thoughts for a while. I can sort of escape -- but only in certain games. Some just annoy me further, so I stay away from those.

Keep your chin up!

Beau
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Posted: Mar 2nd 2011 2:19PM Beau Hindman said

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Thanks guys. Yeh, I will survive just fine -- of course, it might not be fun. lol I picked up a little something called Ulcerative Colitis...if you have heard of Crohn's Disease, it's similar.

Essentially, your immune system attacks your colon -- yep, your COLON. It's no fun, especially if you go into what they call a "flare," meaning that you can spend weeks if not months (in an extreme case) losing weight and uhm...having a bad time in the bathroom. It's not pretty, but hey -- it's mine! WEE! Also, later there can be a higher chance of colon cancer. In some extreme cases of the disease people just opt to have their colon removed instead of messing with the possibility and the pain. Again, not pretty but it does make you think how crazy our foods have gotten, how poorly made most of them are.

I have to make everything myself or watch what I eat when I do go out. It's still very early, so I am not sure how bad it can or will get -- or not.

They aren't sure what causes it, and it's not based on family history. As long as I am very careful about trigger foods (high fiber is a no go anymore) and stay on meds it can be dealt with. I wanted to write this mainly because it reminded me of some people I know who have it immediately much, much worse and games are very important to them.

Thanks again, guys! Seriously, this job has made a lot of difference to me. Having a good job, a relatively stress-free job, makes all the difference. Stress is such a killer when it comes to UC, so besides staying positive I also am trying yoga and meditation. Not hippy stuff, just relaxation and low-impact but good exercise.

Beau

Posted: Mar 2nd 2011 2:34PM Pingles said

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@Beau Hindman

Ugh. Sorry sir. My immune system is attacking my nerves (MS). Same thing, no history in my family, just me. Lucky!

I did the same. Scoured the Internet, found people who were in wheelchairs a few weeks after diagnosis, others who lost their battle within a few months.

I am symptom free three years later living a normal life ( just very, very tired).

Determined to have a good time, no matter how little is left!

I wish you all the best.
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Posted: Mar 2nd 2011 2:47PM Alboreo said

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@Beau Hindman I too have Ulcerative Colitis, so I know how you feel Beau. It definitely is manageable, though, and only sucks when you have flare-ups. I'm sorry to hear that you have it, although I suppose it's good that it isn't anything more serious.

I'm glad that you have such a positive outlook, though, as (with all things) that really helps.

God bless.
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Posted: Mar 2nd 2011 3:32PM Aganazer said

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@Beau Hindman

My sis has UC and after her meds you wouldn't even know it. My damn immune system attacks my skin. I forget the name of it, but I get these annoying sores that last a month or more. You'd think our immune systems thought this was some kind of FFA PvP zone or something. :P

If it takes something like this to be aware of your stress level, eat healthier, and exercise more then it might just be the best thing that ever happened to you. That kind of good behavior can help stave off the real threats to your life like heart disease, cancer, or diabetes.
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Posted: Mar 2nd 2011 6:04PM Shazzie said

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@Beau Hindman
Like Pingle above, I also have MS, and I know what it's like to get a diagnosis of something (the MonSter, in my case) that's going to possibly be dictating the rules of the rest of your life.

Unlike Pingle, I'm not symptom-free, but my symptoms aren't too bad, for the most part. The annoying thing is I usually LOOK fine, so people don't understand when I'm fatigued or suffering other 'invisible' problems. 'But you look fine!' is really, REALLY annoying to hear. The damage is internal, but still there, kthx?

The internet has been a lifesaver for me. When I feel trapped, or overwhelmed with real life issues, I can get lost in one of many wonderful game worlds. It's fantastic, and it's saved my mental health on more than one occasion, I'm sure. I know *exactly* what you mean about just pausing, looking around your in-game environment, and just taking it all in.

Thanks for sharing, Beau. It can be uncomfortable to bare our problems, disabilities, and/or weaknesses, but it can also be relieving, in a way. Best of luck to you controlling your personal monster!

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Posted: Mar 3rd 2011 4:55PM Aardvarkk said

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@Beau Hindman

You are not alone, bud. Last year I had three back surgeries, had to declare bankruptcy, etc. However, thanks in part to f2p games like LotRO and Steam sales I've kept my nerves and sanity intact. It helps to know someone is out there wading through the f2p games to bring us the gems.

By the way, thanks for the reviews of Wizard 101, it's a nice fun game I wouldn't have played otherwise!
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Posted: Mar 2nd 2011 2:27PM Orekri said

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I agree with you whole heartedly. While nowhere near as severe, almost a decade ago I shattered my leg and didn't walk for over six months. During that time, I used the original Everquest to keep myself from feeling my limitations as much. It was amazing how therapeutic something as going outside virtually and interacting with people can be.

Posted: Mar 2nd 2011 2:48PM Ryn said

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"Retirees often feel sick or down when because they miss the rhythms of the workplace, and I imagine that for some players the game represents a continuation of that rhythm."

I was floored by this observation, only because I think it's so true! I worked with a really great guy that worked 70 - 80 hour weeks all the time, an older guy, close to his 70's. One day he caved into his wifes wishes and just up and retired. 3 months later, he was dead of a massive heart attack. No know heart problems. I think he was just to use to the treadmill and it was a huge shock when he finally stepped off.

Good luck Beau! I wish you the best!

Posted: Mar 2nd 2011 3:45PM Beau Hindman said

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Thanks again, guys -- the comments only prove that gamers come from all walks of life, and we never really know who we are playing with on the other end.

For all of you going through much worse than me, keep up your spirit! We'll all be on the same team, and go out there and kick life's butt, no matter how we feel! Stay strong!

Beau

Posted: Mar 2nd 2011 7:01PM Stncold said

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@Beau Hindman

Beau, I've had moderate-severe Crohn's for almost seven years now. It has hospitalized me twice and I've taken more pills/had more things injected into me than I'd care.

I'm speaking from experience when I say that you are doing the best thing by attempting to keep yourself stress-free as well as watching what you eat. As Alboreo said, it really only sucks when you are flaring up.

Like you, I found solace in gaming. I have had several very nasty flare-ups over the years and each time a game helped me through it almost as much as the medicine did..

I hope you have been as lucky as me to have a caring, competent doctor, as well as an understanding boss who lets you have the time off you need, because it makes all of the difference in the world.

Good luck. There will be times when it gets you down, but stick it out because better days will be ahead.
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Posted: Mar 2nd 2011 8:55PM Frogh said

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@Beau Hindman

Sorry for your situation, but you know you've got lots of fans that care!
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Posted: Mar 2nd 2011 4:32PM xilr said

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I've taken shots at you here because your okay with F2P (something I see as one of the two great scams of our time). However I feel for you and hope all goes well.

In addition, I agree with you on the stress. I find that more I detach myself from the sources of the stress the better I feel. Sometimes knowing too much, and/or speculating too much on the future just causes the present to suck.

Be well, live long and propser and keep playing those evil F2P games >:)

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