Mike Sherels: One of the most thoughtful/amazing gifts I’ve ever received...still speechless

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I don't think Mike's medical condition(s) would allow him to undertake a full-time (countless hours) job on PJ's staff - sadly. I would love nothing better than to see Mike coaching and recruiting for PJ.
Yeah I thought even Mike said that.
 

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Life sometimes throw you a curveball. He literally took life a changing gut punch. It is so sad. He is such a great coach, and an even greater human being.
 

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My one gripe about P.J. Fleck was his inability to find a spot for Mike Sherels on his staff...
Preface--I am not a doctor. I do have quite a bit of experience and knowledge of this.

What happened to Sherels was catastrophic. It's not really a "medical condition" per se, its a surgically rearranged digestive and excretory system due to the death of his internal organs. The removal and rearranging of that many organs is life-threatening for the rest of your life, and the prognosis is poor at best. I have known of three individuals--including my grandfather and nephew--in nearly the same situation. None have been able to have a remotely "normal" life. The energy never returns, and living on a virtually liquid diet is not how the human body was intended to function.

Mike is permanently disabled and will not ever have the energy to work more than a couple of hours a day.

Very sad.
 

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From back in Sept 2019:

https://www.startribune.com/former-...t-university-of-minnesota-hospital/560716992/

Two-time Gophers football captain and linebackers coach Mike Sherels reached a $1 million settlement with the University of Minnesota Medical Center Fairview for treatment in 2016 that left him in a coma fighting for his life.

Sherels, 34, and his wife, Emily, signed the settlement with the Board of Regents on May 23. The U revealed the settlement on Wednesday in response to a data practices request. There appears to be no lawsuit filed in state or federal court detailing allegations of wrongdoing by the hospital.

In 2003, Sherels was a walk-on linebacker for the Gophers from Rochester John Marshall High School. He won numerous off-the-field awards for sportsmanship and was the only Gophers football walk-on to be named captain twice. Under former coaches Jerry Kill and Tracy Claeys, Sherels coached the linebackers. He left the U after Claeys was fired in January 2017.

Sherels’ harrowing medical journey began in late July 2016 when he sought treatment for blood in his stool. Tests ruled out common gastrointestinal disorders, but doctors were unable to locate the source of the bleeding. His extensive blood loss and drops in hemoglobin led to a series of transfusions.

One night, he passed out on his way to the bathroom because of low hemoglobin levels. As he awoke, doctors were preparing the heart defibrillator. An angiogram revealed the source of the bleeding at the entrance to his large intestine, where doctors found and repaired an abnormal cluster of blood vessels.

A week later, he went home, but experienced excruciating pain in his stomach. He and his wife were in the car on their way back to the U but detoured to Fairview Ridges Hospital in Burnsville because it was closer.

In the hospital, he was vomiting and sweating and his abdomen became firm. A scan revealed a gastrointestinal perforation.

He also had an allergic reaction to medication that was causing blood clots to form in his intestines. Sherels was rushed to the U in an ambulance for emergency surgery.

A surgeon removed all of his small intestine, the right side of his colon and part of his transverse colon. He spent five days in a coma and on a ventilator. Doctors told his wife that his chances for survival were slim and that even if he did survive, his quality of life would be difficult.

But Sherels survived.

In January 2017, he had two surgeries to reconnect what remained of his intestines.

He was able to eat again and by May 2017, when he received the Courage Award from the Minnesota chapter of the National Football Foundation, Sherels no longer needed a tube in his stomach to remove fluids and bile. The 12-inch scar on his abdomen was healing.
 

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From back in Sept 2019:

https://www.startribune.com/former-...t-university-of-minnesota-hospital/560716992/

Two-time Gophers football captain and linebackers coach Mike Sherels reached a $1 million settlement with the University of Minnesota Medical Center Fairview for treatment in 2016 that left him in a coma fighting for his life.

Sherels, 34, and his wife, Emily, signed the settlement with the Board of Regents on May 23. The U revealed the settlement on Wednesday in response to a data practices request. There appears to be no lawsuit filed in state or federal court detailing allegations of wrongdoing by the hospital.

In 2003, Sherels was a walk-on linebacker for the Gophers from Rochester John Marshall High School. He won numerous off-the-field awards for sportsmanship and was the only Gophers football walk-on to be named captain twice. Under former coaches Jerry Kill and Tracy Claeys, Sherels coached the linebackers. He left the U after Claeys was fired in January 2017.

Sherels’ harrowing medical journey began in late July 2016 when he sought treatment for blood in his stool. Tests ruled out common gastrointestinal disorders, but doctors were unable to locate the source of the bleeding. His extensive blood loss and drops in hemoglobin led to a series of transfusions.

One night, he passed out on his way to the bathroom because of low hemoglobin levels. As he awoke, doctors were preparing the heart defibrillator. An angiogram revealed the source of the bleeding at the entrance to his large intestine, where doctors found and repaired an abnormal cluster of blood vessels.

A week later, he went home, but experienced excruciating pain in his stomach. He and his wife were in the car on their way back to the U but detoured to Fairview Ridges Hospital in Burnsville because it was closer.

In the hospital, he was vomiting and sweating and his abdomen became firm. A scan revealed a gastrointestinal perforation.

He also had an allergic reaction to medication that was causing blood clots to form in his intestines. Sherels was rushed to the U in an ambulance for emergency surgery.

A surgeon removed all of his small intestine, the right side of his colon and part of his transverse colon. He spent five days in a coma and on a ventilator. Doctors told his wife that his chances for survival were slim and that even if he did survive, his quality of life would be difficult.

But Sherels survived.

In January 2017, he had two surgeries to reconnect what remained of his intestines.

He was able to eat again and by May 2017, when he received the Courage Award from the Minnesota chapter of the National Football Foundation, Sherels no longer needed a tube in his stomach to remove fluids and bile. The 12-inch scar on his abdomen was healing.
He is certainly an inspiration after surviving what he went through.
 

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That is an awesome gift and I’d really love to be able to buy a copy! 😂😂😂
 

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Who is the Falcons LB in the pic other than Campbell?
 

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I did find pics of Celestin wearing #46 for the Falcons which is why I think it was probably him. And he did play in preseason games whereas I think Lynn got cut pretty quickly in camp.
 

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I did find pics of Celestin wearing #46 for the Falcons which is why I think it was probably him. And he did play in preseason games whereas I think Lynn got cut pretty quickly in camp.
Ah, then for sure it's him. (y)
 
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