December 10th is such an important date to me and my family. Not only was my daughter, Kelly, born on that date, but six hours after her birth… I went into cardiac failure.
After being rushed in to the Intensive Care Unit and placed on 100% life support, my doctors diagnosed me with idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy along with ventricular tachycardia. For life saving measures, my cardiologist decided that I needed an automated internal cardioveter device (AICD) implanted. This device has saved my life quite a few times, as my rate went up to 221 and 320 bpm.
It’s been 11 years now and at a recent visit with my cardiologist, it was determined that we should move forward with placing my name on a transplant list for a heart.
The future holds no guarantees for me; however, technology is ever changing. My hopes are that a new innovative solution will arise in the coming years for people suffering with many types of heart disease. In the meantime, I plan on exercising, maintaining a healthy life style, advocating for AHA and raising awareness for the importance of organ donations.
The American Heart Association provides so much for people surviving with heart disease from grants provided for important research to prolong an individual's life. If it wasn't for the continued research the AHA provides, the statistics for mortality rates for heart disease patients would be outrageous. In order to give those individuals a chance of a healthier life style, AHA must continue to provide the education and grants needed to explore many avenues for extending one's life to the best of their ability.