I haven’t posted on the LPU forums since about the time Minutes to Midnight was released and even then I was a bit of a lurker and only posted a couple of times.
I just wanted to share some events that have happened to me since then, since they quite heavily involve LP. It may start off depressing… and then get bad again but it ends wonderfully, I swear! Read it with the knowledge that I’m fine now!
Ok so I’m Malcolm, 21 from Scotland. It all started when I was 14… One morning I had a brain haemorrhage (it’s fine I got off school for months). It was May 11th 2007. I was already a huge Linkin Park fan and, for those not up to speed on their LP trivia, Minutes to Midnight came out (in Europe) three days later which was just in time for me to wake up from a coma. I had the album on repeat in my little side-room in hospital, meaning the first song I heard after waking up was called “Wake”, which I find kind of funny.
Anyway the brain haemorrhage left a few scars, both literally and metaphorically. There were a few effects but the main ones were nausea, slurred speech and a tremor (basically I shake a lot). It also messed up my balance and coordination to the point that I was in a wheelchair for a few weeks. Thanks to doing physiotherapy - over three years - I went from the wheelchair to a walking frame, to crutches, to one crutch, to a walking stick to (finally) nothing at all. For those keeping score, I was now 17 and almost back to normal. I was entering my final year at school. My friends knew I was a big LP fan so 8 of us bought tickets to see them in Newcastle, England on Nov 5th 2010. I applied for the M&G and I actually got in!
Fair warning: This next part sucks. Even more so than what you’ve already read. It gets better, honest…
Unfortunately it wasn’t to be. A few weeks before the show, on October 19th it all happened again and I had another brain haemorrhage. Same drill. Hospital, physio etc. It basically hit reset on my symptoms from the last time and I’ve been trying to get better again for the past few years. (Getting there)
So yeah, basically I’m now 21 and have tickets to see LP at Download festival (a bit of a trek from Edinburgh but it’s the only UK tour date and I’ve developed a bit of a “fuck it” mentality). I thought I’d apply for the M&G again and to my amazement I got in!
It’s been a long time coming but I can’t wait! Maybe I’ll see some of you there.
Thanks for reading