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We challenge you to write a story about how your life has been affected by heart disease or stroke. Make us laugh, make us think and make us cry. We look forward to reading the tributes and testimonials and to honor each story.

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My mother suffered a massive left-sided stroke about 20 days ago. She had a moderate stroke in 2005, a couple of TIAs serious enough to go to the hospital for observation, and a small stroke in 2008. These strokes did not prepare me for the devastating effects of a massive stroke.  Although I was familiar with the types of physical limitations a stroke can ... more...
Posted by melvashrum on Stories of Survival Mar 26, 2017 11:35 AM CDT
In 1978 I was a 14yr old girl that was diagnosed with an AV malformation that ruptured causing a grapefruit size blood clot on the left side of my brain.  I was forturnate to have brain surgery at Boston Children's Hospital.  I was told I didn't need physical theraphy after being paralyized on my right side because they were able to clear the blood causing ... more...
Posted by stroke78 on Stories of Survival Mar 24, 2017 3:13 PM CDT
I had a sudden heart attack on the morning of Aug 30,2016. No warning.  I was taken to a hospital near by where it was determined I was in the process of having a massive heart attack.  From the first hospital I was rushed via ambulence to a 2nd hospital where it was discovered I had 1 artery 99% blocked. A stent was put in.  I am now an advocate for heart ... more...
Posted by heart attack survivior on Stories of Survival Mar 24, 2017 11:16 AM CDT
I made it through many bouts of afib but I'm still here. more...
Posted by Kaj on Stories of Survival Mar 23, 2017 10:09 PM CDT
BAV. Genetic condition, born with two flaps in aortic valve, instead of a normal peace sign. OK. What does that mean at fort-nine (first experience with a cardiologist). No much. I was diagnosed with mitral-valve prolapse, after echo cardiagram. Move forward to 2009 and close to retirement from AT&T Mobility. Chest pains, emergency room, tests ... more...
Posted by Standleej on Stories of Survival Mar 21, 2017 8:21 PM CDT
Hi, I'm Deana. I am 41 now and tryng to get through a day. Over 5 years ago on Novemeber 17, 2011, I woke up and got my kids off to school not feeling right. I kept repeating my words, smeling something weird. Had periods of this throughout the day till my daughter came home and saw the episode and said mom, call Big Andrew, my husband. I did, he came and got me, went ... more...
Posted by deejung9375 on Stories of Survival Mar 20, 2017 2:11 PM CDT
My dad had 2 strokes in his 40's. He regained fuction, but developed serious heart disease. He is in heart failure. I think it is because he has had type 1 diabetes since he was young. When he finlly got around to seeing a cardiologist stents and bypasses were no longer an option.  He has survived for about 20 years since the heart disease was diagnosed, which ... more...
Posted by maggiet on Stories of Survival Mar 20, 2017 1:14 PM CDT
At age 24, I was single and living alone.  I began working on certification for personal fitness training.  I slept alot but just assumed I was depressed.  I went to the doctor for a sinus infection, but left the doctor appointment with a referral to a cardiologist because he "heard something wrong" with my heart.  Feeling awkward because I thought I was ... more...
Posted by Cat112400 on Stories of Survival Mar 20, 2017 10:20 AM CDT
59 years young on January 16, 2017 I had a massive heart attack doctors told me I died 3 times and every time they kept ringing me back,when I woke up I was in the hospital ICU told that I just came out of a coma now believe this was hard to believe but the last thing I remember was heck truthfully I can`t for some reason when I work up my wife was standing there ... more...
Posted by Billybob1958 on Stories of Survival Mar 19, 2017 3:52 PM CDT
I've cheated death four times. I am 48 years old. Always active, travel alot, generally happy. In the distant pass, I fell off a roof onto cement. Cracked my head open and severly fractured my knee. I didn't die though. Or becme paralyzed, so I was lucky. Right? Now for the recent past. Five years ago I was so stressed out at work. My boss was treating me ... more...
Posted by juliahasbrook on Stories of Survival Mar 17, 2017 4:45 PM CDT
On April 23rd, 2016, at 45 years old,  I was having a heart attack and didn't even know it. I eventually made it to an emergency room where they told me I was having a heart attack. If my family would not have pushed the issue I would have taken a nap and tried to sleep off what I thought was heart burn. As they were going over what procedure was going to be ... more...
Posted by JLC2 on Stories of Survival Mar 16, 2017 3:27 PM CDT
I have always been physically active and concientious about my health. I am a runner and have been for 30 years. So when I started to develop mild, occasional chest pains during my early morning runs, I dismissed them. Besides, they only occurred once in a while. Then one morning I experienced a pain that literally felt like I was stabbed in the chest. ... more...
Posted by JamesPL on Stories of Survival Mar 15, 2017 8:01 PM CDT
To whom it may concern,   I am Carriston Hendricks, FNP-C, and I am writing you in hopes of support on Indy's Law. Please allow me to explain. Baby Indy was seven days old and given a clean bill of health during her one week check up. Amanda Deason, RN, is Indy's mom, and noticed a slight change in her color and respirations during a feeding on day eight. She was ... more...
Posted by hendrickscarriston on Stories of Survival Mar 15, 2017 2:35 PM CDT
 I was in the emergency room Monday Feb 13 2017 with a suspected heart attack (I kept saying it was stress). I stayed overnight, had a bunch of blood work and a Stress Echo and an Echo Doppler and it was determine I did not have a heart attack and I was sent home. Saturday I felt some of the same symptoms again, but didn’t worry too much about it because, I was just ... more...
Posted by ngcantrell on Stories of Survival Mar 15, 2017 6:28 AM CDT
After seeing my brother in law have open heart surgery I am trying to understand and take better care of myself. more...
Posted by Hearty2me on Stories of Survival Mar 14, 2017 4:46 PM CDT
Dear Members, My name is Ryan Thiel, and I am a graduate student researcher at the University of Montana completing my thesis. Patients receive lots of advice and information during the treatment of a heart condition, and these messages can affect the way people make decisions regarding their health. I am looking for individuals with a clinical ... more...
Posted by RdT9973 on Stories of Survival Mar 14, 2017 4:09 PM CDT
Posted by allisonlocke on Stories of Survival Mar 14, 2017 12:15 PM CDT
2 years ago at the age of 39 life changed.  After working a long Sunday (my day off) I climbed into bed at about 10pm.  I had been experiencing what I thought was acid reflux/heartburn for weeks now.  The heart burn started again and then both wrists started to hurt pretty bad.  The pain moved to both elbow and eventually both shoulders.  The pain in my chest ... more...
Posted by superfletch21 on Stories of Survival Mar 14, 2017 9:10 AM CDT
50 y.o. femaie, workaholic, high stress job. I had been coughing for some time.  Went to PCP, got antibiotics and cough supressants.  Didn't help.  Took another course of antibiotics.  No help. It was a Saturday morning about two months ago (January) and I decided to go to the urgi-care center because I heard myself wheezing and gurgling. The doctor put ... more...
Posted by mamalyss on Stories of Survival Mar 13, 2017 9:56 PM CDT
I am a 66 year old woman who has been in excellent health, except for the occasional fall and sprained or broken ankles or hand.  I never smoked, I rarely have a glass of wine, I am at my BMI, and I took no medication. My BP has always been excellent, my cholesterol has always been at goal, great sugar levels, and I try to get in at least 5000 steps a day.  I eat a low ... more...
Posted by Eric's Tita on Stories of Survival Mar 13, 2017 1:45 PM CDT
On September 15, 2014 I had a heart attack and then cardiac arrest. I have a stent in my LAD and so happy to be alive. I was doing really good at eating well and working out but have fell off the wagon and need to get my act together again. more...
Posted by Heart14 on Stories of Survival Mar 12, 2017 6:00 PM CDT
Hello everyone My wife had a stroke on July 7, 2015. She woke up that morning complaining that her right leg was numb. She was 68 years old then. We have been married 49 years.  I thought she was just having a cramp in her leg, so we attempted to get her out of bed.  She could not get out of bed, and was having a hard time talking.  Called 911, they came and took her to ... more...
Posted by jsadds1 on Stories of Survival Mar 12, 2017 3:32 PM CDT
I am 55 competitive Type A person and recently had open heart surgery to perform a double bypass and aortic valve and stem replacement. My condition really started in late 2015 after my fourth surgery on my shoulder to deal with a stubborn infection.  Listening to my heart my infectious disease doctor commented on my heart murmur.  I told her is was ... more...
Posted by cbodkin on Stories of Survival Mar 10, 2017 4:31 PM CST
I suffered a heart attack back in 2010 at the age of 47. I had 100% blockage on one of my arteries and was approx. 1 to 1 1/2 hour before a stent was put in. I was informed later that I had lost approx 10% of my heart muscle but my heart function was still good. Since shortly after release from Hospital I have been experienceing fatigue . For 6 yrs now I have been ... more...
Posted by gman4l60e on Stories of Survival Mar 10, 2017 2:57 AM CST
I retired at 65. Eights months later during a routine errand I felt sick, came home and went to bed. My husband checked on me and I told him I just needed rest and he said he'd let me sleep awhile. Our ten-year-old cat curled around my feet and I drifted off. About an hour later said cat woke me up attacking my face! I sat up to straighten him out and realized I ... more...
Posted by Skeeter337 on Stories of Survival Mar 9, 2017 2:09 PM CST
I was born in 1990 in Anderson, SC with a fully cyanotic body. I shocked the delivery room as my blue body brought revelation that my heart was  not  well. I was rushed by helicopter to Charleston, SC to MUSC Children's Hospital. I was soon diagnosed with 3 Congenital Heart defects: Ebstein's Anomaly, Pulmonary Atresia, and Atrial Septal Defect. Because ... more...
Posted by EmcGladden on Stories of Survival Mar 7, 2017 1:06 PM CST
I was vacationing in Florida, July 2015.  Had just Parasailed with my family and was back at our condo to eat and go to the beach.  I ate my lunch and sat in chair for a minute and noticed my left arm was hurting, right at the bend of my shoulder.  Pain went on for a while and I started sweating.  I knew something was wrong.  I've been around those with heart ... more...
Posted by 14ksmmtate on Stories of Survival Mar 7, 2017 11:09 AM CST
My 49 year old daughter had a stroke on Jan.16th, resulting in locked-in syndrome. She is able to communicate with the use of a spelling board. She has a little movement in that she can turn  her head. Sometimes she can squeeze a finger, but that is all.  She was working in NY and is in a Brain Rehab Center there. Her family lives in CA and we hope to bring her ... more...
Posted by PRL on Stories of Survival Mar 6, 2017 7:25 PM CST
6 years after chemo/radiation/hormone treatment of breast cancer, I felt i finally returned to my previous/"normal" self: Full time working, totally enjoying my (almost) daily brisk walking, minimal pills, physically and mentally feeling good, fostering kittens for the local community... "Life is good!" As I approach to my big bday coming in ... more...
Posted by shentong on Stories of Survival Mar 5, 2017 12:26 PM CST
Hi all , newby here. Ive been living with heart disease now for 22 years. 3 heart attacks 5 stents since 1995 . 61 year old male. Ive been quite lucky wih my condition and of course with my cardiologists. I amd now at the point where i have been told my ef is approx 39 % . just had a angio last week to rule out more blockage, this result was good. now for the esp test , ... more...
Posted by xkro on Stories of Survival Mar 4, 2017 11:27 PM CST