To say that my mother is the most influential woman in my life would be an understatement. She is absolutely everything to me, a wonderful mother, grandmother, mentor and friend. My hope is to one day be HALF as good as she is… it’s a continual work in progress!!
Several years ago, my mother had an abnormal EKG during some routine tests and learned she had a very low ejection fraction (the rate at which your heart pumps blood). This diagnosis did not impact her lifestyle in any way… she was still running a mile per minute taking care of the people around her, leading her own Women’s group and being a doting grandmother and mother.
Then her symptoms appeared one day and it changed her lifestyle dramatically. She had no energy, needed to lay down all the time, trouble with stairs, erratic heartbeats, weakness, fatigue. The recommendation was a defibrillator/pacemaker to regulate and potentially strengthen her heart. It took months to recover and regulate her medication (as she also developed A-FIB). If you were to meet my mother, you would think she looks young, vibrant and beautiful (yes, I am biased) however if you looked directly at her heart history it would be more illustrative of someone 20 years her senior!
My mom credits her continued recovery to a great program called Cardio Rehabilitation Therapy which is a great name for a personal medical coach/trainer. Although there have been a few setbacks (for example, my mother learned just how POWERFUL the internal defibrillator is when set off!) she continues to work hard, eat smart and stay positive.
As a family, we all continue to monitor my mother’s health …. and try not to overreact when she’s not feeling well. I am sure she just loves that both my brother and I are on high alert any time she has the smallest of colds!
For the last 2 years my mom has joined the Roth Staffing Heart Walk Team and has proudly worn her AHA T-Shirt at the Orange County walk. I am thankful I get to support the AHA organization and that I have my mom alongside me at the OC Heart Walk.
Why … because her heart is important to me.