I'M STILL HERE!!! (Operation of the Heart #40)
Saturday, April 09, 2011
I'm just going to keep this short, sweet, and to the point!
I'm getting a S-ICD (subcutaneous-implantable cardioverter defibrillator) implanted on Thursday, April 14th. I'm so excited! What they originally thought was A-fib is actually Ventricular Tachycardia. That means I'm at a very high risk for sudden cardiac arrest (heart attack).
I am a 27 year old woman.
I have an enlarged heart (a little more than twice the normal heart size), CHD, and have had so far:
11 Open-heart surgeries
14 Electrocardioversions (defib shocks to get heart back into normal rhythm...was in the high100's to low-mid 200's heart rate)
12 Cardiocatheter procedures
1 Failed Cardiac Ablation
Numerous other heart-related procedures
I'm still not "FIXED", numerous future operations/procedures will be due as medical technologies allow...
AND I'M ONLY 27!!!
Averaged, that's approximately 1.45 heart-related procedures EVERY YEAR THAT I'VE LIVED.
BUT I'M STILL HERE!!!
Despite all that I've been through, I've found myself telling others that "I'm the most optimistic, positive person I know!"
I have never found myself wishing that I didn't have to go through it all. It has been with me my entire life and will continue to be. If I didn't have these issues, then I wouldn't be the person I am today! I wouldn't change ANYTHING that has happened. Keep your chin up, ladies! Hope, determination, and love for everyone & everything are the keys to living the life and finding the cure!
I'm still here!