Thursday, January 05, 2012
I got some not so great news today about my echo I had on Tuesday. It shows that I have mild pulmonary hypertension. I have heard about it but never really understood what it meant until I looked it up. The outlook isn't great, it is a progressive disease that in time will get worse. It can get worse slowly or quickly. It didn't say that diet and exercise will help but I'm hoping that if I can lead a healthier lifestyle that I can keep it from progressing and it will stay mild forever.
I will admit once I read about it I cried, I felt doomed. The last thing I want to do is become a burden to my family and with this disease it *could* happen. But I know that I MUST stay optimistic and positive. So I have grieved and now I will move on and start this fight. I will work hard to overcome the symptoms of this disease (so far for me the main one is edema in my legs and shortness of breath on exertion) so that I can lead a meaningful life and still be there for my children and husband.
So here I stand knowing that this is a battle I will fight the rest of my life but ready to attack, not allowing this to stand in my way of a healthy lifestyle and healthy weight. Sure I realize this is going to make it harder but I'm ready. And with Sparkpeople I'm going to make it happen!