Like to present my first cut of my Tim Donst documentary. This is the cut I made for my documentary class (it was supposed to be 3-5 minutes, so dont worry it's purposely short)This cut is meant for general audiences/people who have little to no knowledge of professional wrestling. Later on I will be releasing the much longer extended cut that includes interviews from some of Tim's close friends and acquaintances in wrestling and fans of Tim. Also apologies for the error in focus/quality on Tim's actual interview.Posted by Pat Lucey on Friday, 1 May 2015
The Middle Of The Road.
The last few weeks have been such a roller-coaster ride emotionally and physically that I wouldn't have survived without your emails, tweets and Facebook messages.
I feel so lucky to be constantly under the care of the wrestling community and its a great reminder of why I love this sport so very much. I apologize to you all for the lack of updates during this ordeal but hopefully this will give you a better understanding of whats going on in my life.
As many of you know I received support from several wrestlers including Mick Foley. To say it was surreal is an understatement. I couldn't count how many hours I've spent studying Cactus Jack tapes trying my best to imitate his untouchable charisma and originality in his promos. Foley made me believe I could get into wrestling and now - along with all of your help, I'm believing Ill be returning to wrestling once more.
Mick even went so far as to get me in touch with Dr. Robert Quarles, a former WWE medical coordinator who has been so unselfish with both his time and positivity. Having a doctor that understands exactly what our bodies go through in this sport has been so incredibly helpful and has kept my spirit alive.
A majority of you really took me by surprise by offering to donate to a Go Fund Me account if I were to create one to help with my daily living expenses and medical bills. While I really appreciate the unselfish offer, I'm going to try my best to figure out these issues myself.
I'm already so blessed to have your support, I need to be reminded that without the public spot light of being a professional wrestler Id be fighting this fight all on my own (Like most people). I'm already so blessed already I wouldn't feel right about taking advantage financially. If you do feel the need to help out in some capacity, you can do so by doing what you've always done and visiting www.prowrestlingtees.com/timdonst to support myself and indy wrestling.
You can also checkout the benefit variety show I'm hosting on March 20th benefiting the Children's Cancer Association covered by the Pocono Record here.
March 24th is when my kidney will be removed and Ill know for sure if the cancer has spread. At 27 years old I've lived longer than probably 95% of people who have walked this planet. This great organization benefits the families of the poor kids who wont see my age or even their prom.
By no way does my tumor look to be that severe but understand if it was - I'm OK with that.
You all made my life absolutely worthwhile.
Then without warning or reason, it’s taken away. Despite the physical pain that a sore back, a broken bone, a dislocated limb, or a torn muscle might bring, I can imagine that Tim Donst would trade the mental anguish he’s feeling at the moment for all of the above.
On Friday night, the Absolute Intense Wrestling locker room, and eventually the wrestling world, found out that the AIW Champion would have to vacate his title and walk away from the sport that he so desperately loves. After experiencing extreme back pain that brought him to his knees, Donst sought medical attention only for doctors to discover a tumor growing on his right kidney. Until further tests come in, nobody is sure whether or not the tumor has spread outside of the organ. What is for sure, unfortunately, is that to avoid damaging his only good kidney, Donst cannot wrestle– at least for now. Destroying his one kidney could leave him living a life on dialysis.
Stroudsburg native Mike Hopes has spent the better part of the last 10 years chasing his dream of being a professional wrestler. And earlier this year, that dream was as close as it has ever been, as his alter ego, "Tim Donst," reached new levels of popularity among independent wrestling fans in Pennsylvania and beyond.
But last month, as he prepared for the biggest match of his life, Hopes was diagnosed with cancer.
I dont know where to begin.
This week was supposed to be the biggest of my career. For starters, I'd be returning to my favorite wrestling promotion AIW and having a a title match. The following day I'd finally be making my pro wrestling debut for CZW. A company I saw as my first live independent show at 16 and in the same arena non the less that I made my wrestling debut for CHIKARA 3 years after that. It was amazing how fate had lined up the stars for me and I couldnt wait to cherish these special moments.
Unfortunately I will never experience any that. A few days ago I was rushed to the ER because I had callapsed with back pain. It felt as though I was getting stabbed with a hot knife. After several tests it was revealed that a tumor is located in my right kidney. The reports cant indicate whether or not it has spread outside the organ.
The doctors arent confident if the removal of the kidney will completely solve the issue - if it doesn't Id be looking at a future with chemotherapy. Even if everything is successful they have conflicting reports on whether or not Ill ever be able to wrestle again. The fear is if I were to get hit hard enough and damage my only remaining kidney Id be on dialysis for the remainder of my life.
With any luck I'll be cursing, sweating and cutting promos in a town near you in the next few months. Without any luck - I cant even begin to think about. I can live with all the pain in my joints, I can live with my neck in constant strain but I can't seem to accept the fact that I may have to live my life without wrestling. Wrestling is my only escape from reality. If I cant use it to escape this I'm not sure what I am going to do. But I have to figure it out.
I dont want to forget any names so please understand that I thank ALL of you for your continuous support. To everyone that has ever helped with the tumblr, website, t- shirts, music, art designs, bookings etc. An equal admiration appreciation goes out to anyone that has ever been postive about a promo or a match of mine. For any tweet, tag or facebook message I thank you. You will never know how much those little interactions meant the world to me.
I can honestly say Ive tried as hard and had just as much fun with 15 people in the crowd as 1500. If I am truly done I just hope I made our micro wrestling universe just alittle bit better while I was in it. I put off writing this all week because I wasnt sure exactly what to say or how to say it. Than I realized I never will - so I just did it. No words Ill ever type, no epiphany Ill ever think up will justify how much all of you and wrestling mean to me. I love you both with all my heart.
I will be putting updates here from Tim as and when he tell's me.
Tim is healthy enough to leave the hospital, but he is exploring second opinions and other health professionals before he can comment on what exactly is going on.
From Webmaster - Dan Mitchell.
I spoke to Tim via E-mail today, and he is still in hospital.
But he would like to thank friends, family and the fans for the overwhelming support that he has received in these tough last few days.
If you would like to send a message to Tim, you can find him on FACEBOOK and TWITTER.
More updates when I find out.