Kicking Aneurysms A$$
About one year ago I was handed a post it note with 4 dates on it and told to pick one. I asked my surgeon "What other options do I have?"
His reply: "None. This complicated surgery is your only option. You're flipping a coin on life if you don't have the surgery."
I quickly scanned the dates and landed on May 21st. Seemed good enough. I embarked on what would be the most peaceful, introspective, fantastic 5 weeks.
Nearly everyone asks some version of "What a life changing experience. What did you learn?" There are so many ways to answer that but to sum it all up: The two most valuable things you have are your health and your perception.
I've been thinking a lot about this time last year. How do I celebrate one year post surgery? How do I not lose sight of the amazingly peaceful time in my life? How do I stay humble despite my seamless recovery (other than the paralyzed vocal cord)?
I decided to run a 5k this weekend. I signed up for the ½ Marathon but that seems harder than open heart surgery so instead of getting angry at myself for not training, I’m just going to do the 5k and that is going to be fine. I hate running. It is really hard for me. I'm not graceful and I give up easily.
But, if surgery taught me anything, it is my perception of the situation will determine the outcome. So I GET to do this. I get to run and be out of breath. I get to stand up on my own two feet when so many other people can’t.
This is the first time in history that there are more adults living with a congenital heart defect (CHD) than ever before. Why? Simply put: heart kids died and never made it past pediatric care. Through advocacy, research and outreach by organizations like the Adult Congenital Heart Association there are more adults living active, fruitful lives.
I’m running to raise funds for ACHA. Please consider supporting me in any amount. $14.80 for 1:48 hours that my heart was stopped or $30 for the :30 minutes I was clinically dead. Or maybe just $5 because you’ve got 5 on it.
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