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‘Nothing keeps him from his bowling’

Jamie Beeler survived five games of bowling with kidney stones.
Jamie Beeler survived five games of bowling with kidney stones.
Fred Eisenhammer

Jamie Beeler has put together a bowling career in which he’s established himself as a gifted league player who’s the prototypical pressure-resistant anchor man.

Jamie, a Chatsworth resident, has blistered a 275 game and 675 series and is known as a clutch performer.

Now, there’s one more thing to add to his bowling resume.

He’s one tough guy.

Jamie took part in his bowling league last week at AMF Woodlake Lanes in Woodland Hills despite being hobbled by kidney stones that can be absolutely excruciating.

Just ask anyone who’s had them.

And Jamie’s had them plenty, suffering from them “for almost 30 years,” he estimates.

But there he was, fighting off the pain and actually finishing his three games. He doesn’t remember his scores, but he clearly remembers the pain.

Soon after he left the bowling center, his wife, Karen, whisked him to the VA West Los Angeles Medical Center for treatment on the stones.

“It was no fun watching him throw up and being white as a ghost,” said Karen, who’s been married to Jamie for 33 years.

Jamie was well familiar with the routine. He was set to undergo shock wave lithotripsy that breaks kidney stones into small pieces so they can move more readily through the urinary tract and pass from the body.

Fortunately as he was waiting for the shock wave treatment, Jamie passed the kidney stones soon after midnight. Then he and Karen returned home.

The question remains: How did Jamie last three games of bowling with the stones?

“I kept taking Advil after Advil after Advil,” Jamie recalled. “When I finally got to the bowling alley, I was in a little bit of pain. When I stood up, it really wasn’t bothering me. But when I got home, I had to go to the hospital because I was really in pain.”

Karen said she was not surprised at the least that her husband decided to bowl with the stones – the first time he’s done so.

“Nothing keeps him from his bowling,” she said. “Nothing.”

Jamie, one of the fieriest presences on the lanes, is not one to boast about his achievements. But there was some pride in his voice as he recounted how he lasted for three games with the stones.

“I toughed it out,” he said.