One of those random conversations... MAEB: Momma, can only be brave when I am with you. ME: Well when I can't be there you just have to think of me to be brave. Close your eyes and think of me. What color is my hair? MAEB: Brown. ME: What color are my eyes? MAEB: Brown … Continue reading Brave
This past Thursday, I went to see my cardiologist as I do every month. I feel that honesty with your doctors and nurses is crucial! If you are not honest, your treatment and diagnosis can be incorrect and downright dangerous. Lately I've been experiencing a tingling in my left arm. It would tend to come … Continue reading A stroke?!
When I was initially diagnosed in 2008, I was told that I was at risk for sudden cardiac death. I wouldn't have a heart attack; my heart would just stop and I would die. I also learned that this wasn't something that was going to go away or be 'fixed' but a lifetime battle I'd … Continue reading Head-tilters
Lao Tzu said, "Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage." Having a chronic illness, disease or disability not only takes its toll on the patient but on all of the loved ones as well. I think this quote really embodies the relationship between Dan and I during … Continue reading Mr. Perfect-for-me
Last week was my birthday. I love birthdays but this one was special. My mom, dad, sister and her boyfriend all flew in from the east coast to be with us. A family friend threw me a party to which 35 of our friends attended. The oldest friends there joined our Army family in 1987 … Continue reading Worst Moment Yet
We all try our best to be Super Mom (or Dad, brother, sister, aunt, cousin etc.). We have to remember that in taking care of our loved ones we have to take care of ourselves. If I have to take my kids to daycare a few times a week, so that when they are with … Continue reading Super Mom
Back in early 2009, Dan was home. I was teaching in Auburn, Alabama and learning to live my new lifestyle with a low sodium diet, exercising with a trainer and my new medications. I don't remember how I heart about it but there was going to be a Go Red for Women casting call in Atlanta. … Continue reading Miss America; My time as a National Spokeswomen for AHA
Today was a rough day. My kids were driving me bonkers, random crap went wrong that added to my 'to do' list and it was just a crummy day. I decided that today would be a perfect day to remember the lovely things about my children and thus write this blog post. The American Heart … Continue reading Her wedding is why.
So, my cardiologist has a foot fetish. Actually, every cardiologist I've seen and most of my general practitioners look at my feet. It sounds creepy, especially since I hate feet, but believe it or not, it actually serves a purpose. As heart failure progresses, patients tend to have fluid retention. It commonly presents in swollen … Continue reading Cardiologist – Foot fetish required
I saw some good news on Facebook today! One of my favorite bands, Halfway to Hazard, is getting back together. They've been through a lot. Chad Warrix and David Tolliver took a break from their dream but are now back and better than ever. That's my plan for my transplant too. For now, let's rewind … Continue reading Surviving, Shining and Smiling