I am walking because in April, 2018, I was admitted to the hospital with Congestive Heart Failure . I was in terrible shape and was close to death. I struggled to breathe just laying in bed, and felt like I was drowning because of all the fluid. I remember waking up in the hospital and the doctor told me I was lucky to be there. It was one awful wakeup call and I asked what I needed to do to live.
It has been a long journey back. I went through cardiac rehab to learn how to exercise and to strengthen my heart. I changed my lifestyle, worked hard, went to numerous appointments, and received various therapies which included a couple of procedures and the implantation of an ICD. If you are interested in what that is, I have a link here.
You would think that is enough but there's more.. Last year I lost my brother to coronary heart disease. My mother died when I was 8 from coronary heart disease. There have been many advances in treatment of heart disease and I am alive because of the generosity of people who over the years have contirbuted to the research and development of these treatments. I am also thankful for the doctors and nurses who have treated me and helped me during this journey.
Heart Disease is the number one cause of death in the US. Not only that, but only 10% of the people who experience a cardiac arrest outside of a hospital survive! Again, I am grateful for all of the advances that have been made in the treatment of heart disease but we still have so far to go.
Please give what you can and anything you can give is appreciated. I am giving back to help so that maybe someday, what happened to me does not have to happen to someone else. Don't forget, if your company has matching funds programs, please select the American Heart Association of Massachusetts.
It's been a long road back, and while we have no control over what happens to us, we do control how we react.
Thanks so much!