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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!
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  • v TENACIOUSTRISH
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    1643 days ago
  • v MARISERV
    What a wonderful attitude you have for a young woman !! It's your heart, love it and embrace it. God has truly blessed you emoticon
    1780 days ago
  • v LEROYJL
    PRAYERS & BLESSINGS SENT TO YOU! GOD IS WITH YOU!
    1872 days ago
  • v STACEYMORRIS11
    You are not only still here, but are amazing and inspiring! May you be Blessed with Happiness and Health for years to come. emoticon
    1893 days ago
  • v BERTIEGERTIE
    Blessings to you!
    1896 days ago
  • v THENEWME43
    Praying for a speedy recovery! emoticon
    1896 days ago
  • v NONNIELL
    YOU are one special lady! Your positive attitude is an inspiration to all! Best wishes during your recovery. emoticon
    1896 days ago
  • v PAG2809
    Hoping that #40 does all its supposed to do! Great job on your approach to life and its many challenges!
    1903 days ago
  • v KARU76
    Best wishes to you for a successful surgery and speedy recovery!
    1903 days ago
  • v KAYWEB555
    Way To Go ! Some times it seems those that are challenge with phyiscal malfunctions, function better than healthy people that just sail along with little care of what others are going through ! Keeping you in my prayers for your succccessful next surgical adventure! I have a strange question.

    I have been shocked back a few times and now I can't seem to wear a watch because the batteries blow out quickly. With-in a week or so! Ever have any electrical situations from your shockings?

    I had a fist size tumor inside my heart and two open heart surgeries to remove . It grew back with in two weeks that was why I had the second surgery.
    Let us know how your procedure goes and how your feeling !
    1904 days ago
  • v 1BEACHWALKER
    emoticon Hope all goes well for you! You deserve it!
    1904 days ago
  • v MIRAGE727
    All my best and prayers! I'm always thinking of you when I'm doing Wii challenges! (sometimes there's a lil cussing to! LOL)
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    1904 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/9/2011 8:42:17 PM
  • v DARLENEK04
    Oh golly what a positive outlook on life............
    My husband has had 5 heart attacks, open heart surgery,
    been hit with the paddles many times, and lots of other
    stuff....including a brain tumor and had gamma knife surgery
    on that, and lung surgery, and more.

    You and he should talk....you both have a great way of looking
    at your situation........

    God bless you and keep you safe throughout your life and what
    ever procedures you have to have.......

    Darlene
    1905 days ago
  • v FATROCKSTAR
    Hey, I should be calling you the rock star! You are amazing! Keep it up! Normandy
    1905 days ago
  • v WESTCOASTKID
    Oh and small world, my mother-in-law lives down the highway from you at Lake Tapps!!
    1905 days ago
  • v WESTCOASTKID
    Wow Honey! I thought I had a lot going on with a pacemaker implanted 6 days after double mechanical valve replacement 3 years ago. Also on a beta blocker for ventricular tachycardia. You are such an inspiration with your positive attitude! Whenever I'm feeling down in the dumps about the "tuna can" in my chest, I'll just head over to your cheerful page!! Best of luck to you on Thursday!!
    1905 days ago
  • v LEROYJL
    GOD BLESS YOU AND CONTINUE WITH THAT GREAT OUTLOOK! I'VE BEEN THROUGH SOME OF THE SAME PROCEDURES. CHECK OUT MY BLOG! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1905 days ago
  • v DR1939
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    1905 days ago
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