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Sharing Personal Health Issues

By Michael Chastanet

SOME ten years ago I developed spinal stenosis. This ailment was completely new to me but after discussing the issue with some top radiologists and spine surgeons, I then learned the gravity of the disease.

The seriousness of the ailment left me with little time to give the OK on surgery, but had it not been attended to, could easily have led to more serious repercussions involving the inadequate use of the legs.

The second phase of life was meeting Dr Kaushik Das, a 38 year old neurosurgeon who performed my surgery . This episode took some seven hours based on the sensitivity and complications at my age. To make a long story short, it took some four months for a full recovery but unfortunately, some twelve months ago, the spinal stenosis issue emerged on the upper side of my back and despite the professional advice that a repetition of the new area had to be addressed, I decided to use daily and sensible water-aerobics exercise. But after one year, despite some relief, the progress remained murky.

On June 5 this year I returned to my faithful surgeon Dr. Das to face another harrowing ordeal. As I remained in the New York area recuperating, memories of severe discomfort presented themselves and although acknowledging the fact that no other option was available, I continued to address the day to day recovery pains which are more difficult based on the fact that I am 10 years older.

To Dr Kaushik Das and his support team of physicians and nurses, I can only say thanks, as without this success, only the Lord could predict which direction my life may have headed.


  1. Michael :

    Am I supposed to feel sorry and saddened that even your treatment at the best medical center in the world cannot save you from the death you seek to escape ? Aren’t you the same despicable lowlife who advocated the murder of Black Lucian men ? advocating, “Taking them OUT !”

    Let me inform you, that the punishment of the next life is even more severe and lasting and your money will not save you when you perish. Here is a glimpse of what awaits you when even death will not save you from the great doom.

    Surah Ibrahim

    And those who disbelieved said unto their messengers: Verily we will drive you out from our land, unless ye return to our religion. Then their Lord inspired them, (saying): Verily we shall destroy the wrong-doers, (13)

    And verily We shall make you to dwell in the land after them. This is for him who feareth My Majesty and feareth My warning. (14)

    And they sought help (from their Lord) and every froward potentate was brought to naught; (15)

    Hell is before him, and he is made to drink a festering water, (16)

    Which he sippeth but can hardly swallow, and death cometh unto him from every side while yet he cannot die, and before him is a harsh doom. (17)

    A similitude of those who disbelieve in their Lord: Their works are as ashes which the wind bloweth hard upon a stormy day. They have no control of aught that they have earned. That is the extreme failure. (18)

  2. Surah Al-Humaza
    In the name of Allah Most Gracious Most Merciful.

    Woe to every (kind of) scandal-monger and backbiter, (1)
    Who pileth up wealth and layeth it by, (2)
    Thinking that his wealth would make him last forever! (3)
    By no means! He will be sure to be thrown into that which breaks to pieces. (4)
    And what will explain to thee That which Breaks to Pieces? (5)
    (It is) the Fire of (the Wrath of) Allah kindled (to a blaze) (6)
    The which doth mount (Right) to the Hearts: (7)
    It shall be made into a vault over them, (8)
    In columns outstretched., (9)

  3. I just don’t get it man! What was the point of this letter? To show you can write? To give yourself a human face? Is it to play victim for people to feel sorry for you which you hope translate into votes for La chasse? Or is it some kind of coded message? I mean your Dr. Das is all the way in New York and you are in St. Lucia writing in a St lucian publication. What are the chances of Dr Das and his team reading your article? If you had to you should have sent Dr Das a private letter thanking him for what he done for you. We the people didn’t have to know that. Nonsense!

  4. Surah Al-Haaqqa
    In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
    The Reality! (1) What is the Reality? (2) Ah, what will convey unto thee what the reality is! (3)
    (The tribes of) Thamud and A’ad disbelieved in the judgment to come. (4)
    As for Thamud, they were destroyed by the lightning. (5)
    And as for A’ad, they were destroyed by a fierce roaring wind, (6)
    Which He imposed on them for seven long nights and eight long days so that thou mightest have seen men lying overthrown, as they were hollow trunks of palm-trees. (7)
    Canst thou (O Muhammad) see any remnant of them? (8)
    And Pharaoh and those before him, and the communities that were destroyed, brought error, (9)
    And they disobeyed the messenger of their Lord, therefor did He grip them with a tightening grip. (10) Lo! when the waters rose, We carried you upon the ship (11)
    That We might make it a memorial for you, and that remembering ears (that heard the story) might remember. (12)
    And when the trumpet shall sound one blast (13)
    And the earth with the mountains shall be lifted up and crushed with one crash, (14) Then, on that day will the Event befall. (15)
    And the heaven will split asunder, for that day it will be frail. (16) And the angels will be on the sides thereof, and eight will uphold the Throne of thy Lord that day, above them. (17)
    On that day ye will be exposed; not a secret of you will be hidden. (18)
    Then, as for him who is given his record in his right hand, he will say: Take, read my book! (19)
    Surely I knew that I should have to meet my reckoning. (20) Then he will be in blissful state (21)
    In a high Garden (22) Whereof the clusters are in easy reach. (23) (And it will be said unto those therein): Eat and drink at ease for that which ye sent on before you in past days. (24

  5. But as for him who is given his record in his left hand, he will say: Oh, would that I had not been given my book (25) And knew not what my reckoning is! (26)
    Oh, would that it had been death! (27) My wealth hath not availed me, (28)
    My power hath gone from me. (29) (It will be said): Take him and fetter him (30)
    And then expose him to hell-fire (31) And then insert him in a chain whereof the length is seventy cubits. (32)
    Lo! He used not to believe in Allah the Tremendous, (33) And urged not on the feeding of the wretched. (34)
    Therefor hath he no lover here this day, (35) Nor any food save filth (36) Which none but sinners eat. (37)
    But nay! I swear by all that ye see (38) And all that ye see not (39) That it is indeed the speech of an illustrious messenger. (40) It is not poet’s speech – little is it that ye believe! (41) Nor diviner’s speech – little is it that ye remember! (42)
    It is a revelation from the Lord of the Worlds. (43) And if he had invented false sayings concerning Us, (44) We assuredly had taken him by the right hand (45) And then severed his life-artery, (46) And not one of you could have held Us off from him. (47) And lo! it is a warrant unto those who ward off (evil). (48) And lo! We know that some among you will deny (it). (49) And lo! it is indeed an anguish for the disbelievers. (50) And lo! it is absolute truth. (51) So glorify the name of thy Tremendous Lord. (52)

  6. Michael Chastanet:

    While you endeavor to run from death, you should know that the Police Officer Vernon Francois who you encouraged to participate in the extra Judicial killings of Black St. Lucian men needs your assistance to make his stay in prison more comfortable, as he has been given indefinite leave of his police duties.

    I know you have pinned your hope upon the straw, of your son Allen becoming Prime Minster like a drowning man, to save your skin from the hands of Justice. In the mean time we call on Kenny Anthony to take action against the criminal police and businessmen involved in these vile acts of corruption and murder so publicly advocated by you in the video below.





  7. Surah Qaf
    In the name of Allah Most Gracious Most Merciful.

    And indeed We have created man, and We know what his very soul whispers to him. And We are nearer to him than his jugular vein (by Our Knowledge). (16)
    (Remember!) that the two receivers (recording angels) receive (each human being), one sitting on the right and one on the left (to note his or her actions)[] (17)
    Not a word does he (or she) utter, but there is a watcher by him ready (to record it).[] (18)
    And the agony of death cometh in truth: “This is what you have been avoiding!” (19)
    And the Trumpet will be blown — that will be the Day whereof warning (had been given) (i.e. the Day of Resurrection). (20)
    And every person will come forth along with an (angel) to drive (him), and an (angel) to bear witness. (21) (It will be said to the sinners): “Indeed you were heedless of this, now We have removed your covering, and sharp is your sight this Day!” (22)
    And his companion (angel) will say: “Here is (this Record) ready with me!” (23)
    (Allah will say to the angels): “Both of you throw into Hell, every stubborn disbeliever (in the Oneness of Allâh, in His Messengers) — (24)
    “Hinderer of good, transgressor, doubter, (25)
    “Who set up another god with Allâh, Then both of you cast him in the severe torment.” (26)
    His companion (Satan — devil)] will say: “Our Lord! I did not push him to transgression, (in disbelief, oppression, and evil deeds) but he was himself in error far astray.” (27)
    Allâh will say: “Dispute not in front of Me, I had already, in advance, sent you the threat. (28)
    The Sentence that comes from Me cannot be changed, and I am not unjust to the slaves.” (29)
    On the Day when We will say to Hell: “Are you filled?” It will say: “Are there any more (to come)?”[] (30)
    And Paradise will be brought near to the Muttaqûn (pious – see V.2:2) not far off. (31)
    (It will be said): “This is the promised day, – (it is) for those oft-returning (to Allâh) in sincere repentance, and those who preserve their covenant with Allâh (by obeying Him in all what He has ordered, and worshipping none but Allâh Alone, i.e. follow Allâh’s religion, Islâmic Monotheism). (32)
    “Who feared the Most Gracious (Allâh) in the Ghaib (unseen) and brought a heart turned in repentance (to Him – and absolutely free from each and every kind of polytheism). (33)
    “Enter you therein in peace and security — this is a Day of eternal life!” (34) There they will have all that they desire — and there is more with Us.


    Verily, therein is indeed a reminder for him who has a heart or gives ear while he is heedful. (37)
    And indeed We created the heavens and the earth and all between them in six Periods and nothing of fatigue touched Us. (38)
    So bear with patience (O Muhammad SAW) all that they say, and glorify the Praises of your Lord, before the rising of the sun and before (its) setting (i.e. the Fajr, Zuhr, and ‘Asr prayers)[]. (39)
    And during a part of the night (also), glorify His praises (i.e. Maghrib and ‘Isha prayers), and (so likewise) after the prayers [As-Sunnah, Nawâfil — optional and additional prayers, And also glorify, praise and magnify Allâh – Subhân Allâh, Alhamdu lillâh, Allâhu-Akbar]. (40)
    And listen on the Day when the caller will call from a near place, (41)
    The Day when they will hear the Aweful shout in truth, that will be the Day of coming out (from the graves i.e. the Day of Resurrection). (42)
    Verily, We it is Who give life and cause death; and to Us is the final return, (43)
    On the day when the earth splitteth asunder from them, hastening forth (they come). That is a gathering easy for Us (to make). (44)
    We are best aware of what they say, and thou (O Muhammad) art in no wise a compeller over them. But warn by the Qur’an him who feareth My threat. (45) (45)

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