We’re usually less than kind here at The Occult Section when it comes to the slew of paranormal “reality” TV shows that are obviously staged and/or faked in the quest for ratings (e.g. Ghost Hunters, Finding Bigfoot, Chasing UFOs, etc.). Obviously, as people with passions for the paranormal, we don’t like seeing the facts skewed, even just a little bit. It just gives the general public a distorted view about what we really do, and what really happens on an investigation. So we like to call shenanigans on such shows where applicable, usually with our own brand of twisted humor, and we will never back down from doing so.
That being said, we would never wish any harm on any of the people involved in these shows. So it has saddened us to learn that Ryan Buell, from the A&E show Paranormal State (which also features his group, the Penn State Paranormal Research Society), has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He was hospitalized yesterday, July 19th, for kidney failure and released later in the evening. Pancreatic cancer, unfortunately, is one of the toughest cancers to cure, mainly because the symptoms don’t become apparent until the later stages of the disease. I doubt there is a person alive whose life hasn’t been touched by cancer in some way, myself included.
Our thoughts are with Ryan as well as his friends and family, and we wish him a speedy recovery.