Today, for me is a very special day, an anniversary of sorts. A year ago today I made a decision that would impact me and my family in an awesome way. I spent 10 years of my life on the road with just about every band you can think of, being everything from a roadie, to a stage manager, a guitar tech and so on. And in that life I picked up some pretty bad habits. I had become a word class alcoholic and drug user. I spent many years in a literal blur. Sometimes days, or even a week or so would pass and I would have no memory of it ever happening. I was in a hardcore downward spiral and as far as I could see, the only way out was the end of my life.
One morning after a huge show with Papa Roach, Hinder and Seether I awoke after a huge after party with an amazing pain in my chest, something like I had never felt in my life. After a few hours of trying to work and deal with the pain I collapsed. I was rushed to the nearest hospital and taken straight in. Immediately the Dr. on call knew what was going on and started treating me for a heart attack. He called in a Cardiologist who took me straight in for a heart cath. Within moments he found I had a collapsed artery 99% blocked. I was having a massive heart attack and my life was slipping away. Thankfully this Cardiologist was a veteran and knew exactly how to fix me. Longer story short, I received a couple of stents and my life was saved.
My daughter who had been there the whole time, was there by my bed when I woke up, which was like seeing an angel, begged and pleaded with me to change my life and it was in this moment I finally realized what my lifestyle was doing to the person I loved the most. So that day I decided to change and become a better person. Today is the one year anniversary of that day and I am happy to say that I am still clean and sober! Best decision I ever made.
With today being the 1 year anniversary I have decided that I need to finally change my name from Chr0n which I think most of you know what that is short for, to something new. I feel like it is time to finally forget the old me and bring in the new me. I don't have any names in mind and that is why I brought this whole thing to the community. I would love to hear some suggestions and your thoughts and maybe together we can come up with something. Thanks to everyone for being so awesome, believe it or not, being here with you all and being a part of this community helps me deal with my demons from the past.
Shane A.K.A. Chr0n