I've got details about my quintuple bypass on my sparkpage... I got the bad genes too, as well as diabetes, then unknowingly complicated them by deciding that exercise was a luxury I couldn't afford as a single mom. I controlled my diabetes fairly well with some walking and good diet in my 40's, but the whole thing caught up with me in 2007. My "healthy" brother, a Catholic priest, not diabetic, never overweight, exercised 2 hours daily, had a heart attack while on the treadmill at the gym at the Seminary. Fortunately, a couple of stents, and he's been fine. However, it caused my doctor to ask for more extensive tests on me. I'd had a stress test that was fine, my overall cholesterol was okay, just triglycerides that were a little high, pretty common in a diabetic. Anyway, I ended up with major surgery and a lifestyle change. Cardiac rehab got me started, then I discovered Sparkpeople and a little 24 hour fitness center opened 2 minutes from hy house. I can't emphasize enough how exercise has changed things for me. Diet and medications were not enough. In the last 10 years, I'd gone from a classroom where I probably got enough physical activity to keep things healthy, to an administrative job where I'm mostly chained to a desk and computer, plus I commute an hour a day to and from work.
So, I am loving sparkpeople.com and relishing my "new" life and looking forward to many years of good health!
If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain:
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.
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