A Star Shattered: Chapter Twenty-Two
Shortly after leaving WCW, Candido would work for New Japan Pro Wrestling. Tammy notes that a tour of Japan is usually a month long and occurs every other month. The tours can be profitable for wrestlers, but lonely for family back at home. By the end of 2000, their house had been sold and they moved into a smaller home in Brigantine. It’s a beautiful area, but a major negative was that they were an hour and a half away from any family.
Candido’s first tour of Japan was from Christmas 2000 to the end of January 2001. The tour was especially difficult for Tammy. They both hated being apart from each other. She didn’t know anyone and wasn’t taking any wrestling bookings. So, she ate, slept and drank… a lot. She self-medicated her loneliness and she had no problem drinking a gallon of scotch in the matter of a day. She’d drink Dewar’s liquor.
At this point, her driver’s license was suspended. So, she had to ride her bicycle in a snow. Nothing would prevent her from getting her booze. She suddenly began to feel ill and would have diarrhea and vomit often. She’d have to drink booze just so she’d stop feeling like she was going to be sick. She took some Pepto Bismol and thought nothing of it.
Four days later, her abdomen was in severe pain. The pain was so bad, she had to crawl to the bathroom to poop and kept a bucket by her so she could vomit. She smelt like shit and vomit. It took six days of agony before she called 911. She went to her porch to wait for the EMTs because she felt like she was dying. In reality, that was exactly what was going on.
She passed out due to the pain and woke up three days later with Candido and family around her. Considering she’d only told the EMTs that Candido was in Japan, it was baffling to he that he was there. Turns out, Candido had called looking for her and was told she may have 48-hours to live and that he’d better get there.
After the tests came back, it was revealed that she had pancreatitis. That means she had inflammation of her pancreas due to a large amount of alcohol consumption. Considering she didn’t have food for six days, that meant the liquor went right to her pancreas. Food dilutes the booze. With the lack of food, she was suffering from liver and kidney failure, too. She was dying and they had a priest come in to read her last rites, twice.
Candido was by her side for a week and a half. His body was sore from sleeping in a chair and was living off hospital food. Tammy insisted that he go home and get proper rest and return in the morning. He ended up doing so, but reluctantly. The next morning, Tammy woke up and was alert. She called for the nurses and they all were amazed that she recovered seemingly overnight.
It was as if a miracle had occurred. Nobody knows how she recovered so easily considering the day before she could only whisper and hardly moved. Candido rushed back and was shocked to see her in much better condition. She notes that she removed her own catheter, which she suggests nobody ever do because it is quite painful.
Tammy believes, to this day, that some kind of miracle happened. Whether it was her father or Stacey, some supernatural miracle happened to keep her alive. She is forever grateful to the people at Atlantic City Medical Center and to Candido for never leaving her side.