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An Illinois man claims that a spontaneous hot sauce challenge is responsible for saving his life.
Randy Schmitz of Orlando Park, Illinois, experienced something very unusual when vacationing in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. While walking on the boardwalk he stopped at a local hot sauce store called Pepper Palace. Randy then signed up for the store’s hot sauce challenge.
This challenge consisted of contestants dipping a toothpick in hot sauce and placing it on their tongues. Now for the very nature of this story you can guess that this hot sauce is not, by any means, average. This must have been some serious sauce, a sauce not everyone is fit to try.
Randy says, “I’ve done some other challenges in the past – this was possibly the worst one, I made it the five minutes.” My sister then said she wanted to take the challenge, but I said, ‘You might want to hold off, I’m feeling really sick.’“ Schmitz, 30, told ABC News Today.
Now you can just imagine the level of spiciness that was involved in this particular batch of hot sauce. For a man who has participated in multiple hot sauce competitions Randy was sure this one was special.
One Powerful Hot Sauce
“My head was feeling really off,” he said. “Next thing I know, I wake up in a stretcher in a hospital hallway covered in vomit and I had no clue what had happened.”
No, this is not a miraculous hot sauce recipe promising to cure cancer all by its self. This story emphasizes the need to listen to your body.
Schmitz suffered from a seizure. Later doctors conducted an MRI, which exposed a cancerous tumor. Although this is devastating news Randy has to be thankful for the hot sauce being the reason the doctors caught the cancer.
A Happy Ending
A few days later Schmitz returned home to Illinois, where he later had successful surgery to remove the tumor.
Randy then finished his treatments, thankfully in time for his wedding. Congratulations Randy! While enjoying his newlywed status, Randy is thankful for the hot sauce challenge, which he believes it saved his life.
“They don’t know exactly how long it was in there, so it would have just kept growing and might have gotten to the point where they couldn’t remove it,” he said. “My life would have been over.”
This emotional story brings to light the importance of routine medical examinations. Thanks to the hot sauce randy was able to catch the tumor and ultimately save his life.
To think that something as simple as a hot sauce challenge could save someone’s life is remarkable. There are many forces at work in this world, and overall Randy has the chance to thank the hot sauce gods for his good fortune.
The founder and CEO of Pepper Palace Inc., Craig Migawa was quoted saying, “”We are honored to have been a part of this story and we are humbled to know something as simple as a hot sauce can make such a difference.” This is truly an inspiration, feel good story.
We all need to be vigilant and keep an eye to whatever signs our bodies give us. Not all of us can be lucky enough to receive a wakeup call from this lifesaving hot sauce. In the mean time, stick to keeping up with your regular check ups.