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Pat Reeves 2004

On 28th November, 2004 I needed to obtain my qualifying total for 2005 British Masters' championship. I was unwell at this time, very sick, battling elevating blood urea readings given recent severe renal distress. Diagnosed in remission for first time in five years several weeks earlier - I considered this competition would be no problem. However - not so!

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My one remaining kidney - upon which we had worked so hard to rid the cancer cells, showed much lowered function than previously thought. On day, the venue suffered from an electrical shut-down, producing internal temperatures of minus 40F - scarily cold! We were all expected to compete - despite the 'freeze'. Though all my fellow lifters complained of severe cold - with myself recently diagnosed with under functioning thyroid - and a re-appearance of Raynaud's syndrome - I was colder than most! Shaking from 'competition nerves' and the extreme cold I still over-qualified for British standard by 25.5kilos, which I considered pretty good, given that my bodyweight had dropped to 6st 8lb on day.

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Photographs were taken by a member of audience, whom I had not met before. He did his best! My training for this competition was enormously compromised - with as little as 10 minutes twice daily in previous weeks. Mostly my protein intake had to be kept around 25 grams per day to relieve kidney distress. Raw, living foods were exclusively used. As of 15th December, 2004, my remaining kidney function is at an extreme low-ebb, requiring dialysis every few days - and this is expected to worsen.

This week, I have been alerted to a trial of just thirty-six type-one diabetics who had intra-peritoneal (stomach injections) of mixed tocopherols (vitamin E) which did indeed improve their creatinine clearance levels - a major problem for me. I am not diabetic, but I have researched the potential problems of following this protocol and have come down on side of going ahead.

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This will be via slow, steady progress - initially building up orally - to achieve 1000iu of vitamin E - ahead of applying 1180 iu's via stomach injection. I have arranged for creatinine clearance levels to be checked three times per week to ascertain whether risks are outweighed by my hopefully holding on to the little function I have as transplant is, unfortunately, not possible. There are currently no other viable options. The outcome is, once again, in the Hands of my Maker - I'll inform of outcome - Love to all, Pat


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