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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.


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!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
TENACIOUSTRISH 12/27/2011 4:40AM


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MARISERV 8/12/2011 5:28AM

    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

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LEROYJL 5/11/2011 9:14PM


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STACEYMORRIS11 4/21/2011 11:04AM

    You are not only still here, but are amazing and inspiring! May you be Blessed with Happiness and Health for years to come. emoticon

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BERTIEGERTIE 4/18/2011 1:25PM

  Blessings to you!

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THENEWME43 4/18/2011 1:22PM

    Praying for a speedy recovery! emoticon

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NONNIELL 4/18/2011 10:21AM

    YOU are one special lady! Your positive attitude is an inspiration to all! Best wishes during your recovery. emoticon

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PAG2809 4/11/2011 11:28AM

    Hoping that #40 does all its supposed to do! Great job on your approach to life and its many challenges!

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KARU76 4/11/2011 12:37AM

    Best wishes to you for a successful surgery and speedy recovery!

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KAYWEB555 4/10/2011 7:53AM

    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 !

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1BEACHWALKER 4/10/2011 2:48AM

    emoticon Hope all goes well for you! You deserve it!

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MIRAGE727 4/9/2011 8:41PM

    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)

Comment edited on: 4/9/2011 8:42:17 PM

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DARLENEK04 4/9/2011 5:01PM

    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 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.......


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FATROCKSTAR 4/9/2011 4:01PM

    Hey, I should be calling you the rock star! You are amazing! Keep it up! Normandy

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WESTCOASTKID 4/9/2011 3:25PM

    Oh and small world, my mother-in-law lives down the highway from you at Lake Tapps!!

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WESTCOASTKID 4/9/2011 1:10PM

    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!!

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