My story could turn out to be terribly long so I will attempt to give a condensed version. Born and raised in Texas, but call Arkansas home for now. Have a beautiful wife, 3 biological sons, another son and a beautiful daughter who I adopted. I have another beautiful daughter whom I claim because her real dad never was a dad...anyway...
It seems like I have lived my entire life being ill...a lot of boils, excruciating earaches with sinus infections + hyperactivity disorder in my early years plagued me. Got to be about 14 and all the childhood things seemed to be getting better...just in time for drugs to debut in Texas. Peer pressure is how it got started, but some almost 20 years later I couldn't use that excuse anymore. What started out being fun had turned into a terrible nightmare.
Fast forward to my 33rd year...June 1st was just another day until about 6pm when riding with a friend my heart almost gave up on me...I was right next to an ER and the docs said had I not been I would not have made it. I had no idea at all that I was sick...I lifted weights regularly...rode my bike probably 100 miles a week and was doing a lot of walking, but man I almost became a casualty of drugs. I quit drugs immediately.
Spent several months in 2 different hospitals...the 2nd did bypass surgery on me saving my life.
This heart problem eventually led to a multitude of other problems...CAD, Congestive heart failure, cardiomyopathy, A FIB, Ventricular tachycardia, hypertension, type 1 and 1/2 diabetes, hepatitis C (from a transfusion and cured now...yeah!), interstitial pulmonary fibrosis, PAD, irritable bowel syndrome and last but not least...inoperable cervical pain associated to degenerative disc disease. These things came upon me little by little until now I wonder how much time I have left. Things being as they are, my cardio doctor says that I am doing very well for someone who has this many things wrong. Sometimes I don't feel like I am 56...there are times where I feel like I am 30 again, but mostly at times where my neck is absolutely trying to kill me I feel like I am 100.
Anyway...lots of people would have thrown in the towel by now, but I cannot do that because God says not to do that. And as hard as things are sometimes I am glad all of this happened to me...because of this I was led to my wife (has nothing at all to do with drugs), I was able to get my GED, then go to college getting a AA then a BSW degree. I was able to fix relationships I tried my best to destroy and there are many positives in my life now that were not there before.
Anyway...whew...about as condensed as I can make it...hope to be able to make a lot more positive changes right here in this community. Places like this make me glad that we have computers. Going to sleep now...byebye