Bobby Jones

I have a couple of things in common with the famous golfer Bobby Jones. He loved the game of golf. And all the challenges it presents to the human soul and the development of one’s character.
Later in his life, he got the dreaded spinal cord disorder Syringomyelia, the same thing I have in my spine.

We have very few choices except having shunts or drains placed in the spinal cord to relieve pain from pressure building up in the spinal cord. We live our lives as best we can while nerves get destroyed from the inside. Bobby Jones lived to be 70 years old; I am currently 79. My golf ended forty years ago, but I get a lot of enjoyment out of watching it on television.

When the game first got started, it became a test of rules and a honor system. It has become a powerful tool for individuals to form and build precious character. It all comes down to choices you make the right choice or the wrong choice you become stronger or weaker in conscience.

“In 1948, Bobby Jones got diagnosed with Syringomyelia. It is a fluid-filled cavity in the spinal cord that causes crippling pain, then paralysis; he eventually got restricted to a wheelchair. He died in Atlanta on December 18, 1971, three days after converting to Catholicism. Jones was baptized on his deathbed by Monsignor John D. Stapleton, pastor of the Cathedral of Christ the King in Atlanta, and attended by the Jones family. He was buried in Atlanta’s historic Oakland Cemetery. Jones became inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974.”

2 thoughts on “Bobby Jones

  1. Bobby Jones was immediately recognized. We named our FHA chapter after him in the 1940’s. One question, how did you manage to drive a big truck with a bad back~? My back problem was only a cracked and damaged vertebra, but when it gives me problems the pain gets very bad. My injury happened because I was a high jumper in school and kids hid a large rock in the sawdust pit which we used back then. My trick to help get sleep is the use of a Tens Unit which really works great, and is not expensife. Beats taking pain pills and the pain is completely manageable with it~!


    • Thanks you for the reply. I ended up driving truck because that is what I was doing on Highway Construction. I got my strength back doing various easy jobs I ended up going back on the road. That was not a smart move maybe but I did many years of it. I have learned to live with a lot of pain I wrote a book about How I survived 55 Plus Years With a Spinal Injury. You can find it on Amazon, I wanted to share my life experience with back injury with the rest of the world. I think it’s a good read for anyone who has had a spinal cord injury. Thank you for your concern. I wrote a novel four years ago, it has just come out as an audio book, that is also available on Amazon or Audible. Best wishes Leland .PS. I tried a tens unit without much success. I can try to get you a promo code for a free book, if you want.


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