"Moving forward, beyond the borders. Take warning, my day has come"

-The Dirty Heads

I hope that this page can help to inspire, support, and give thanks. 

On April 26, 2018 I underwent an amputation of my lower left leg.  I will be posting here throughout the epic journey. Feel no sadness for me for my time has come and I can move forward. For 18 years I have been in a bad relationship with my lower left leg and its time we broke it off, Literally...

please play me while reading, this is a song called Day By Day by the band The Dirty Heads. It lifts me, inspires me, drives me...
  • Shawn Rohe

november 1999

Updated: Apr 26, 2018

Senior year, football season had just ended and winter was just beginning to set in. It was over a fateful weekend that my life would take a serious turn. I hadn't been feeling well for a few days, the bug had been around so I thought nothing of it. At that point, I was the kid that had not missed a day of school in over three years and I wasn't going to let a small stomach bug, or what I thought was the stomach bug, let that end the streak. I convinced my parents that I would be fine to go to homeroom at the very least, and if I still hadn't felt well after that I would go to the hospital. Needless to say I was rushed to the hospital from school. Initially it was thought that maybe my appendix had ruptured. After a few more tests it was found that I had actually ruptured my intestine.

After several hours of surgery I found myself still alive but in rough shape. The end result of the surgery left me with a colostomy bag. For those of you that do not know what that is, I pooed into a bag attached to my stomach. I would have this bag over the next 4 months. Let me tell you it is no walk in the park and you wouldn't want to wish it on your worst enemy. Especially being a geeky high school senior. Enough of that though. That was a stroll in the park compared to things to come.

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