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What Steroids Have Done For Me
Here is a totally unedited email recently sent by a member to Jim, the founder of Steroid Encyclopaedia...although it's really addressed to all the Steroid Encyclopaedia Members that
helped this guy..... It's a powerful and empowering story, hope you enjoy
it... and our thanks to Dak for letting us reprint it here.
Just wanted you to know how what you have done has helped others.
(email omitted at members request)
"What Gear Has Done For Me"
I benched 300 today, not impressive by most standards. But it is the attainment
of a first goal. Something I havenít accomplished in more than 10 years.
I have never had a bench that turned heads at the gym. My genetics always
favored my legs. Even from an early age my leg strength was very developed. 132
lb High School wrestler, I did leg presses with the heavyweights. At the
gym guys 50lbs heavier than me would gather when I did squats. There is
something about crawling under a massive weight and watching the bar sag as you
lift it from the rack that makes you feel Herculean.
About 12 years ago I was in the gym, it was leg day and I felt strong. I was in
the middle of a mild cycle of d-bol and deca. As I pyramided the weight upward,
all the squats came easy. As I neared my personal best I needed a spotter.
The guys I usually trusted to cover my ass werenít around, so I asked someone
I did not know to spot me. He was big enough, he should be able to save my bacon
if need be. I started my squat and it went up easy, so easy I thought I would
squeeze out another. I squatted, started back up and stalled in a few inches. I
knew I wasnít going anywhere so I asked my spotter to step in and assist.
It completely panicked him. He just got happy feet and stutter stepped around
me. All the while the weight is starting to beat me. I sagged, my center of
gravity shifted forward and I collapsed, the bar and plates smashing be to the
Now my spotter helped. I rolled over to my side and laid there in agony. I was
hurt but I had no idea how hurt. After about five minutes I tried to get up and
couldnít due to the pain. Another 5 and I managed to get to my feet. A gym
employee took me to the hospital. A couple hours later x-rays and an MRI
revealed I had two herniated discs and compression fractures in L-4 and L-5. I
was messed up.
I didnít heal and spent the next six months in terrible pain everyday. I ate
vicodin by the handful. I spent all my time high. Finally surgery was the only
My surgery, schedule for 2 hours, lasted 8. The doctor told me later that the
MRI did not reveal how messed up I was. The surgery that everyone told me would
make me like new, didnít. I was still in agony everyday. It took me 10 minutes
to get out of bed in the morning. And the first thing on my mind was vicodine. I
lived on it for another six months. Until the doctors wouldnít prescribe more.
I found another Dr. and he prescribed it for me for a while and then he too said
that was it. Out of vicodine, out of doctors, I started drinking to cope with
the pain. I had been out of work for almost a year and was on the edge of losing
everything. I got back into the work force but drank more and more.
At the end of my work day I would drive directly to a liquor store and buy
alcohol. I would take Motrin all day and drink all evening.
A couple years later, I started my own company which gave me the ability to
start drinking earlier in the day. I was now drinking constantly. Somehow even
with drinking becoming more of a problem, I managed to build a successful
company and get married.
But that was temporary, as my alcohol consumption increased my marriage
suffered, as did my business.
Then about 3 years ago, while seeing a doctor about something unrelated. I
confessed my drinking and pain problems. He just looked at me with a puzzle face
and said, "Didnít your Dr. ever suggest cortisone injections?"
He sent me immediately to a Dr. that performed these regularly. A short series
of these injections and after more than eight years of daily pain- it was gone.
Alcohol was still a monkey on my back for two more years. I was depressed all
the time. I would look in the mirror and see a 235lb bloated pig. I needed to do
something. I was spiraling downward fast.
A year and a few months ago, with my marriage teetering on divorce, I knew that
was it. I stopped drinking and hoped that getting back to the gym could save my
sorry ass. I was pathetic. Soft, no endurance, weak, I was an embarrassment.
I needed something to spurn my desire. I told my self if I would work out hard
and cut weight for six months I would use gear to jump start me back to
respectability. I made it to six months and told myself to wait until 7 and at 7
wait until 8 and from 8 then 9. At 9 months I made a trip to Mexico and brought
back some d-bol and deca. I did a mild 5 week cycle but it was enough to give me
the fever. I liked the fat loss and the rapid strength increase. Old memories
came flooding back. The pleasure of feeling your muscles strain against a weight
and squeezing out one extra rep.
Yes, I was once again hooked on iron. I soon discovered the Steroid
Encyclopaedia members board and with newly acquired knowledge, I have completed
one more cycle since and am in the middle of another.
My most recent gains have been great. I will never be able to squat heavy again,
but there are other rewards. I am looking better all the time and more
importantly I feel better.
Getting back into the iron has changed my whole outlook. My marriage has
improved and my business is once again flourishing.
I am truly living a blessed life. Iron with the help of gear and the members of
Steroid Encyclopaedia has put my life back on track; maybe even saved it.
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