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Living with Heart Disease...

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Thank you so much for all the prayers! They are appreciated!

Well I made it through the heart cath, with one scare when they couldn't get the blood to stop.
I now am the owner of three stints.
(I had one blockage 100%, one that was 60% and two that are 50%. They put 2 in the one that was 100, and 1 in the 60. Didn't do anything to the 50's)

Believe me when I say it has been hard, not so much physically as it has been mentally.
To come to terms of living a healthy lifestyle with diet and exercise and still needing this procedure done had me in an Eff it kind of mood for almost a week.

I am on a blood thinner (Effient ?), and aspirin, and a Lipitor every single day for the rest of my life. My heart beats a little faster now, compared to the 50 bpm,( that I thought was because I was healthy) now beats at a steady and much faster 80-90 bpm. You wouldn't think I would be able to notice this but physically I do.

Sometimes I feel like a basket case ...do I eat this, do I not eat this. Are my actions now really going to make a big difference? Am I going to live past 50?

Yesterday I went and saw my regular doctor (upset of course) and she said...
"Michelle, you can't change your genes, and obviously you have inherited this...but you can still live a healthy long life and put your trust in god. He knows what you need. Just do your part the best you can. Just imagine if you wouldn't have changed, things could've been much worse"

So I'm on my 3rd day back on track (yay!) and I'm going to try my best to live the healthiest life I can for me and my family. Struggles are what make you stronger.

I will continue fighting, and will not be defeated.


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    I wish you all the best and to be even stronger!
    2008 days ago
    I am so sorry to learn that you are struggling with Heart Disease. The good news and yes, there is good news is they caught it and are doing something about it. At least your doctors now know what they are dealing with. You are much stronger than you realise right now. Hang in there! Hugs & prayers my friend! emoticon
    2093 days ago
    Sending lot of healing angels your way.
    2102 days ago
    Oh my goodness. I had't realized you were struggling with heart disease. I'm so sorry. And all the more reason for you to Not Quit. You're in my prayers.

    I'm working with diet changes too to help not just me lose weight but to help my own heart attack husband regain good health. We are calling it The Great Adventure. Hope our adventure becomes fun.
    2104 days ago
    Prayers for you. Give yourself grace at this time. You have been through a lot, and you are stressed, so food is easy to turn to when you are stressed. I inherited heart disease too, but you are the healthiest you have ever been right now. Give yourself time to grieve your bad heart, face your fears and just allow yourself to get used to this new life with stints. Then, in a while, you'll be able to get back on track, just don't beat yourself up about it now. It may take a few months before you are ready to really see the scale go down some more. Thats OK. Blessings to you at this time.
    2106 days ago

    Please do not let this life challenge kick your butt!
    You can live long and healthy, just follow your plan and your doctor's orders.

    We all care about you.
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    2107 days ago
    emoticon You have done so much to extend a healthier life for you and your loved ones. Keep fighting the good fight, Michelle. I hope the "Eff" it spirit has turned into the hopeful one.
    2107 days ago
    Your strength is inspiring! Thank you for sharing your story with us.

    God bless you,
    2109 days ago
  • MEMEME75
    You can live a long healthy life! Don't stop taking caring of you everyday. emoticon
    2109 days ago
    Oh Michelle!

    My heart goes out to you! I'm sorry for the difficult paths that you must endure, but thank you for having the courage to share them with the rest of us.

    You have made a big change for yourself and your kids and you are a huge motivation for myself and many others. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

    Do your best in everything!
    2117 days ago
    Hang in there, If there's anyone who can get through this, you can! Thanks for sharing-hope to see an update from you soon.
    2118 days ago

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    Sending hugs and prayers your way! emoticon
    2118 days ago
    Sending possitive thoughts your way. Thank you for sharing with us.
    2121 days ago
    Thank Goodness you had lost so much weight, you could have a lot other issues!! Take care of yourself.
    2122 days ago
  • CHEFMOM1199
    I'm so sorry to hear about your heart condition and your surgery. I had a scare about two months ago and thought for sure I had had a heart attack. Thank goodness I did not. I read Eat to Live and started eating 90% of my diet as fruits and vegetables and I have never felt better in my life! If you are interested let me know - it may help you to NOT have to take all of those medications for the rest of your life. I lowered my cholesterol by 100 points in 6 weeks! emoticon
    2125 days ago
    I'm sorry to hear about your heart condition. I'm so thankful that you pulled thorough your surgery and recoverying. I will say a few prayers for you. emoticon
    2125 days ago
    So thankful for you and your family that your blockages were caught and treated! Heart disease runs in my family and my husband's too. It's a big part of why I came back to Sparkpeople. I'm so happy for you, that you've been able to regroup and are back on track! If anyone can do it, Michelle, you definitely can. You're a fighter and an amazingly determined woman! Best wishes sweetie!
    2125 days ago
    Sending prayers your way. You are brave. Coming to terms with your genes is key. Blessings to you.
    2125 days ago
    Just imagine what it would've been like if you hadn't changed your eating. What if you found out because of a heart attack? That wouldn've been way worse.

    I also have heart disease in my family and my Dr has taken precautions with cholesterol meds and keeping me on them even though my counts have gone way down now.

    Take care of you and yours,
    2133 days ago
    You didn't choose your genetics but you can choose what you do from here on out to live your best life. I'm so glad you are doing just that.

    You are entitled to feel a little "what's the point?" sometimes. It happens to everyone. The important thing is that you feel it, let it go and move on.

    You've come a long way and I know you'll accomplish everything you set your mind to!

    PS - I love your posts on fb!
    2133 days ago
  • LINDAF49
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts and feelings and positive attitude. You are mentoring others that must go through this. God bless .
    2134 days ago
  • LINDA!
    Wishing you all the best. I also have heart disease. I hope you are able to go to Cardiac Rehab. It really helped me and I learned so much.

    2134 days ago
    Wishing you all the best for your recovery, your positive attitude and outlook are SO important. emoticon emoticon
    2135 days ago
    Good for you for getting back on the good eating. I'm so glad you're ok.
    2136 days ago
  • IAM_HIS2
    What an inspiration you are...your attitude & outlook are very important. So keep around uplifting, positive people. The other pafrt, I know you can do it. God bless you!!
    2136 days ago
    I wish you all the best in your recovery. You have made such a difference in your life that and this procedure will have you bouncing back in no time. I agree with so many here --- You have saved your life by starting this program and doing what has been best for you during that time. Have a restful weekend and I'm sure we will be hearing about your new found focus and motivation to carry on soon. Peace
    2137 days ago
  • TASNIM81
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    2137 days ago
    Michelle, I am so sorry- I can only imagine what a frustrating and depressing thing this must be... but you probably saved your life when you started losing weight. YOU SAVED YOUR LIFE. If that doesn't bring a smile to your face, I don't know what will!

    And now you will continue to save your life by choosing the best foods you can and moving your body in whatever way it lets you. I'm here for you, whatever I can do!
    2137 days ago
  • TANYA602
    Wishing you all the strength and support you need in the coming days. It's good to see you here sharing this. Genetics is a funny thing, and you do have the power to improve your health with the help of your family and doctors. You can do this!
    2137 days ago
    I too had a cardiac cath (mine was last fall) and had to have two stents - both 90% blockages. The doctor said I have several smaller ones that they will watch. My doctor gave me Plavix and I too thought I would have to take it for the rest of my life since two of my siblings told me that they were going to have to take it for life. However, my doctor now says that the newest treatment only has the patient taking it for one year. I will be waiting to see what my doctor says in November.
    Hang in there! Hope you continue to do well!
    2137 days ago
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  • JIBBIE49
    emoticon What an honor to have your blog featured in the Spark Mail. emoticon
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    2137 days ago
    I understand what you're going through. I have regular 'ole heart disease running rampant in my family, plus I have a heart defect (abnormality?) in which my heart muscle grew too big. You'd think bigger muscle, stronger heart, great! Not so great - the darn thing pumps too hard & fast. Though they are trying to handle me with meds, open heart surgery is still waiting in the wings as an unfortunate option.

    It's really so difficult to deal with the genetics of health problems. I sometimes have felt like my genes doomed me from the start, like my body let me down. But, I can at least try to make the rest of my body healthier. Whether the end result will be that I can cut back on the meds....or maybe I'll have a healthier body to recover from open heart surgery. Obviously, I hope for the first, but I know the second option is RIGHT THERE.

    I hope you can stay with your positive attitude and keep fighting. No matter what your genes say, you will be better off if you have a healthy & fit body to fight with.

    2137 days ago
    I know how scary and defeating it is to have heart problems. I have had two heart ablations and take 7 pills a day. Your doctor is right. Continue to control the things you can and let God handle the rest. Healthy diet and exercise make a huge difference in your recovery. Psalm 103:3 is a verse I take comfort in: the lord forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases.
    2137 days ago
    I too take blood thinners and will for the rest of my life along with Lipitor also. It isn't so bad, and you will soon get used to it. Keep up your spirits. You are doing great!
    2137 days ago
  • .DUSTY.
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    Thanks for sharing! What an eye opener! Keep on the mend! Love your inspirational "poster"!
    2137 days ago
    Oh my gosh girl! I had no idea you had to have surgery and everything. I am glad they found it, and so glad you found Spark and changed your life. To think if you hadn't, you could be gone right now. Sending big hugs and positive thoughts your way.

    What was the reason you were checked for this problem? Did you have chest pain? Sometimes I wonder if I have any of these issues because of how overweight I was my whole life. I have a physical this summer and I am hoping my triglycerides will finally be normal.
    2137 days ago
    Thoughts and prayers are with you. I'm glad your procedure went well. I have a dear friend who went through this and I understand what you are saying about the mental challenges being as hard if not harder than the physical challenges. Hang in there and take care of yourself.
    2137 days ago
  • JANIED10
    So glad they found and took care of those blockages. Your doc is right we can't control our genetic makeup and that's why it is so important to control the things we can - diet , exercise, weight etc. That doesn't make it easy but gives you the chance to live that long full life in spite of heart disease. You can do it and it sounds to me like you are on the road to do just that.
    2138 days ago
  • CICELY360
    Heart disease runs in my family, so my heart goes out to you.
    2138 days ago
    Thank God for the advancements in medical care. My Mom had to have a stent put in 2 years ago. She is 86 and going strong. I understand how it can be scary. I thought I was having a heart attack last week and called 911 I was throwing PVC's. I still don't understand it, but yesterday I went for a stress test, which stressed me out. I have to go back for round 2 next week. I have healthy genes on my Mom's side, and not so healthy on my Dad's side. All his family died of heart attacks young, his brothers 51 or younger. Him and his sister of cancer in their 60 and 70'sFrom what I understand those stents are like having a clear artery. Stay on track and exercise and you will be healthy.
    2138 days ago
    I'm so glad your procedure went well!
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    Keep fighting, girl.
    2138 days ago
    You are doing the most important thing you can do about this situation - facing it head on and making choices to improve your health. Those first steps are the hardest, and you have already taken them!
    2138 days ago
    Oh, Michelle, I am so sorry you had to go through this experience and I am sure it is scary. You will gain confidence again over time and learn to trust your body and what you can and cannot do. Happily you are in better shape now than you would have been a couple of years ago if this had happened then and have already learned some things about how to take care of yourself. emoticon
    2138 days ago
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