Not great news...the fight begins!

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! emoticon
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    Thank you EWE and Moonchild. It definitely was hard to hear. But staying positive and fighting is what helped my mother become a breast cancer survivor. So I know that fighting and being positive can have a profound effect on how things play out in terms of illness and disease. I do not look on this as a death sentence but more of how I can make sense of some things going on in my life and how to work to make it better.
    2603 days ago
    I was kind of in that same boat when I found out that I had copd. Then after a long talk with the doctor and a lot of research, I decided that I too was going to fight until the bitter end. I've managed to keep it pretty steady for about 3-4 years now, and when I go in to the Pulmonologists office, I feel pretty good when I see the condition of some of the poor people that are in the waiting rooms.

    Even tho copd isn't curable, at least it's treatable at this point and I'm not going to give in to it. One of the reasons I do my three mile walk every day that weather permits.

    Good luck to you - you CAN make it happen!!!!
    2603 days ago
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    I know it must have been a great shock, but it sounds like there's hope. Sounds like you're ready to fight the good fight with the help of your SP friends. I wish you the best.

    2603 days ago
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