CDL was revoked this year after 20+ yrs because of Cancer... Help getting it reinstated?

(San Juan Bautista, Ca)

For the past 4 years, I have been fighting cancer, Stage 3b IGg Kappa Multiple Myeloma, and winning.

Unfortunately, my MEC card was expiring this year in March... And Low and Behold... They failed me for being on Oxygen Treatment, Morphine, Percocet, Klonopin, Amitriptyline, Cytoxan, Velcade, Remicade... every other Cade, Mab and Zine you can think of... and Cell cept for a very successful double lung transplant.

The California Communist DMV revoked my cdl with all hard earned endorsements, and knocked it down to a class C. The supervisor had no clue how to "handle" my case other than to advise me to get better and to try again when I do. Well, no shit.

After almost two years of chemo, stem cell replacement therapy, radiation therapy and a set of big brass balls, I am headed towards full remission and haven't felt this good in a long time... I'm 40 years old and have been a heavy hauler (120 tons plus) since I was 18.

Any ideas on how I may get my CDL reinstated back up to Godliness without having to redo all the dmv rookie bullshit that the supervisor said I had to do? Thanks!

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Oct 18, 2016
Thank you for the really nice and supportive comment!
by: Anonymous

Thanks! I really do appreciate when people, like yourself, are genuinely nice.

I kept on working and hauling up until July 2015, when I had the transplant done. So, I haven't been out of work for that long. I was livid when I had to "give up" my CDL.

They didn't even give me an option to suspend, extend, appeal, or fight for it... The new MEC laws were so fresh at that time, they had no idea what they could do for me.

Anyways, I am still on continuous oxygen treatment until my new lungs can fully saturate properly, so I have to drag around a portable oxygen concentrator.

Still use morphine and percocet for permanent nerve polyneuropathy caused by the cancer. Although, my Oncologists and Pain Mgmt Dr have all written me prescriptions stating that these Schedule 2 opiates do not affect my ability to operate commercial vehicles or heavy equipment due to long time use and high tolerance.

Also, without a CDL, I will be forced to sell my babies... my Tractors. I was thinking about leasing them out, but that's a whole 'nother headache I really don't want to do deal with.

Already don't have insurance on them and having to register them non-op every month is such a pain in the ass. Can't even take them to get serviced.

Oct 17, 2016
Congratulations on that recovery champ!
by: Hervy

I am sure you will have to take a refresher after being off of the road for 4 years man. You will likely have to find someone you know or that trusts you can drive as well as you did plus have studied the difference in laws to let you get on the road. (In my opinion)

But a big hoorah and congratulations on kicking cancer and all those medications in the butt. Takes a strong will, positive attitude, faith and blessings to make that recovery.

Great job! So happy for ya.

Now the red tape of getting back on the road. I think that you can handle it. It not personal though, just look at it from the business standpoint. They make mostly everyone do that if your experience on the road is more than 2 years old and for many companies more than 1.

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