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I am a late bloomer when it comes to the sax. In fact, I did not start playing music until I turned 40 and crashed due to a medical problem. I was on my back for 9 months so I took up playing the harmonica just to help pass the time. After that, I never was quite the same (in multiple ways!) so I eventually took up banjo, slide guitar, penny whistle and finally the sax. I started out on alto because there was one around the house left over from a child's band program. That was three years ago. I just purchased a Reference 54 tenor that is just terrific! I'm still a beginner, really but I play at church and with a quartet of friends. We do nursing homes and church services, often offering something a little different around holiday time.

I have Charcot Marie Tooth syndrome. This is an inherited peripheral neuropathy so I can't stand very much at all. I can walk a bit but I have to use a wheelchair a lot of the time. I don't have a great deal of hand strength and my speed and coordination are not great but I can usually choke out a tune. Occasionally the overtones get the best of me but we have a great time!

I thought it might be interesting to see if there are some other players out there with issues. This is the most active forum for a group of musicians I have seen. I thinkin' there are some very interesting stories just waiting to be heard.

Tim Henshaw
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Welcome to SOTW Tim, I admire your resolve. You are certainly a person of great character.
 

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Welcome Tim.

18 months ago I was diagnosed with langerhans cell histiocytosis. Which basically means my lungs are full of small cysts. It does'nt really affect me but the specialist said if the right one were to burst under pressure I could get a collapsed lung. I asked him if I should stop playing, he said hell no. I continue to live dangerously.

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Hmmmm, not as many replies as I thought we might see. The Langerhans cell histiocytosis sounds crazy. I am supposed to be doing a special in church in a week or two. I'll post a recording unless it is unbearably horrible.

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Hmmmm, not as many replies as I thought we might see. The Langerhans cell histiocytosis sounds crazy. I am supposed to be doing a special in church in a week or two. I'll post a recording unless it is unbearably horrible.

Tim
Actually if you read through some of the other threads on this board dealing with lifestyle issues you'll see hundreds of folks dealing with specific problems, asking others for help, advice, their experiences with same, etc.

Have to say your story is a bit unique though. I have a friend who's paraplegic and still plays when the opportunity arises. Your issues are a pretty unique case however. Like others here I applaud your determination not to place limits on yourself. Best of luck to you Tim.




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