I’ve been a JV fan since WAAY back. He’s struggled with Lyme disease and some severe psychological and physical effects for years. At one point, he went into a deep depression and had to take a leave from work. He’s talked at length about how he felt like giving up. I’m hoping for a positive outcome. He’s a real light in the community and has been for 25+ years.
Here’s the backstory in his own words. I remember when he was just a kid starting out. He’s married to NY, also in radio and mentioned.
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I am reading all this... he seems like an excellent man, with many fans & friends and a doting wife, great career (working also with his wife, very cool).
These are all things he describes in the link so hopefully this isn't "personalizing"-
Honestly... reading these symptoms he has had... He is an absolute WARRIOR for making it this far. I hope he is still alive and fighting, but frankly, if he wasn't getting relief from this I completely understand why he'd make a choice not to continue, as a chronic/life-long/terminal (if something else doesn't get me first) illness-haver myself.
You feel insane. There's so much agony. Little sleep. Friends, family, doctors, all don't understand.
Some even think you're exaggerating and it's just a lil ol' issue to be quickly resolved.
It plays with your emotions and memory and behaviors. You don't feel like you
You are a shell of you. It is so terrifying.
I don't know if any of you have experienced abject terror where you feel like you're gonna jump outta your bones and you gotta run or do something or the world will cave in and you wish you could sorta peel off your own skin... yeah. It's the worst possible thing imaginable in your own head, in my opinion. A symptom that can come from so many things - from PTSD, panic disorder, and anxiety to dementia, Lyme's, sepsis. And then some lucky people never experience what I call the "crazy CRAZY bad times" at all. Please be so grateful if that describes you. It is a place nobody should have to go.
Actually this is why I had to take a break from WS for a little while here, my brain fog got so bad from PTSD and anxiety I could not retain information.
I am praying for JV and NY. my partner and I know deeply the kind of years-long journey of pain he describes in his words. it's scary actually to see when people with these hard illnesses go missing. i always fear one day it could be me. gotta shake that out of my head.