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A Heart That Lives!

I am a happily married mother of three children. Seven years ago I had it all. I had just retired from my job as a public safety dispatcher. I could now do all the things I couldn�t do when I was working full time. So that�s exactly what I did. I did everything. I volunteered at my children�s school, I volunteered at my church. I babysat for friends small children during the day. I was football mom, choir mom, cheerleading mom. Anything anyone asked me I said yes. After working ...
I am a happily married mother of three children. Seven years ago I had it all. I had just retired from my job as a public safety dispatcher. I could now do all the things I couldn�t do when I was working full time. So that�s exactly what I did. I did everything. I volunteered at my children�s school, I volunteered at my church. I babysat for friends small children during the day. I was football mom, choir mom, cheerleading mom. Anything anyone asked me I said yes. After working midnights for so many years when I retired I was thrilled I no longer had to worry about getting enough sleep and because I did not have to sleep in the daytime any more and was not working a full time job I felt I had all kinds of time to do everything. Right? I didn�t know that there was a ticking time bomb waiting to go off.

Then it happened. October 10, 2004, at 5:30 in the morning I awoke with a burning pain in my chest that felt like I had swallowed a large ice cube, burning pain in both shoulders, elbows, and wrists, and I was sweating a lot. No matter what position I got in nothing helped. Luckily, through my training as a public safety dispatcher I knew what was happening. At 38 years of age I was having a heart attack.

There were a lot of contributing factors that led up to that point. I was 75 pounds overweight, I had had high blood pressure and hypertension for the past year, I was taking birth control pills and Vioxx. Let�s also not forget the 4 Hurricanes that year and my three children: 17, 10, and 7. No stress there. Perhaps the biggest contributing factor was my lifestyle. I was completely over-extended. I lived in the drive-thru. Fast food was my best friend. Exercise? Who had time for that luxury?

I felt I needed to take care of everyone else and taking care of myself would just be selfish. What we don�t realize as women and mothers sometimes is that if we don�t take care of ourselves first we won�t be around to take care of anyone else. The worst part of having a heart attack was what it did to my family. The fear that followed. My husband is a 6-2 240lb SWAT commander and he was afraid.

I have to make changes!
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Member Since: 10/23/2006

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My goal weight is 130 pounds.

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Eating regular portions of healthy food.

Exercising 6 days a week. Both physical exercises as well as spiritual.

 
 



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