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Last year was my third attempt at SparkPeople and I think it went really well. I lost nearly 40 pounds, ran my first 5k in nearly 20 years, and felt wonderful. Then came February. For some unknown reason, I died. I went into Sudden Cardiac Arrest in front of my whole family. Thanks to the grace of God, I was saved. My survival chances were less than 6%. All the right people were there and after being shocked 72 time in the ER, I'm alive today.

Thanks to SparkPeople, I was healthy going into that situation. My blood pressure was nice and low, blood levels normal, and my heart was clean as a whistle. Something electrical caused the Cardiac Arrest and to this day, doctors have no idea what caused it.

Anyhow...a few hospital visits later and after having a few shirts cut off of me from the paramedics, I think I'm getting closer to where I was. My weight has come back, but my spirit has strengthened. I know what life and death are about and I would like to prolong the previous as much as I'm allowed.

There are so many wonderful people here and I am fortunate to have built a great many friendships through SparkPeople. I'm looking forward to building more friendships and achieving more of those goals with all of my friends.

Member Since: 8/10/2009

Fitness Minutes: 22,294

My Goals:
Lose the weight, have fun, and be around for my family and friends.

My Program:
Track my food and follow the Spark program; use the Xbox Kinect to have fun and exercise. I also enjoy playing with my kids and taking walks with the family.

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I'm from West Haven, CT and live with my wife, two kids, and pets. I write about the OnLive video game service, I lead the Xbox Kinect Fitness group here, and I admin video game tournaments at Fragged Nation. Contact me at:

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  • v ABRANNEWME2014
    Hello there Ryan thank you for the love and support you've shown me thru out this time in my life....My son is holding on because the prayers of the righteous availeth much.....there has been no chance since my last blog on Dec. 16....but that don't mean things wont change....so keep praying for him ...Have a wonderful holiday this season

    2377 days ago
    Hello! Became a member here after reading some of your incredible reviews for Kinect games on Amazon - but had to comment as your cardiac arrest story is incredible, what a miracle. Hope to talk more soon!
    2391 days ago
    I jumped into a MW3 game you were playing and ended up on the other team... I was destroyed so badly that I left MW3 altogether when the match was over. :(

    2394 days ago
    Thanks for stopping by my page to check on me. I'm keeping my chin up and getting back in my groove. The emotional waves that have hit me lately are just a bump I need to put in my rear view mirror. I NEED to be a better role model for my children, and that (plus Kinect) are motivation for me. emoticon
    2397 days ago
    I try to play them as much as you review them, it's only fitting that I check on the team as much as you do. lol
    This and For The Love of Horror are my favorite teams. :D
    2401 days ago
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