Thank you Patrick Leger (https://plus.google.com/+PatrickLeger/posts
) for sharing this on Google+ and via email with +Frederick Van Johnson
I\'m a long time listener of TWiP, and your last podcast with Rick Sammon touched me in a special way. Rick mentioned that the most important part of Buddhism was health. He could not have been more right.
I\'ve been suffering from Crohn\'s Disease since 1989 and have had numerous health issues due to this. In 2004, I was hospitalized and because of a hospital error my condition was made life threatening. For 6 months I was unable to eat, sit up, walk or do anything I my own. When I was allowed to go home I was trying desperately not to let my depression take hold of me. I was bed ridden and had limited mobility even thought I really wanted, desperately to get on with my life.
You don\'t have anything if you don\'t have your health.
I came across TWiT and TWiP and this helped me stay current with technology, as my profession is network security and I wanted to try to stay on top of things in a way or another. Before TWiP I wasn\'t into photography. I didn\'t really have my own gear, nor did I know what an f-stop was or aperture. I listened to the podcasts, and my wife bought me books from Scott Kelby, Rick Sammon and others. A few months passed and I bought online from my bed a Canon XSi. And like you say once in a while, I took lots of photos of my feet, learning aperture.
I won\'t drag this on, but your latest podcast couldn\'t have been more on target. Without our health it\'s difficult to be passionate about anything. It\'s been 10 years now, and I\'m still suffering from depression and chronic abdominal pain, of which I suffer episodes every single day. However I\'m better enough to work now and have a wonderful family.
I wanted you to know that you not only reach aspiring photographers but also those looking to escape and become better at something. With photography I can zone out and be elsewhere while making images I\'m proud to show. I\'ve taken a great liking to HDR photography so my latest images are HDRs.
I look forward every week for the show and I truly love how you explain things and how you really get your guests to open up and excited about photography. You all make it fun while tackling the tough subjects.
I wish you a very great 2014 (even though we twitted each other already), and most importantly health to you and your family.
Ottawa, Canada+Frederick Van Johnson #Buddhism #buddhist