Teresa Kresheck - Young and tachycardic
Teresa has lived with a fast heartbeat known as tachycardia for nearly 30 years. She shares lessons she has learned along the way.
Being diagnosed with tachycardia at 24 was scary enough but having two babies under the age of three to care for as well put me in a tailspin.
My tachycardia didn't limit me too much in the things I wanted and needed to do. I was able to enjoy an active lifestyle that included outdoor activities but I did notice that I would tire a lot sooner than my friends and family would and would also be red-faced and out of breath.
I admit it could be embarrassing at times. The worst moments were often when strangers would notice this seemingly young and healthy woman would be red-faced and panting after chasing her son for five minutes through the park! Did I let that keep me from chasing my giggling baby slowly through the park? No, it didn't. I learned to simply adapt. I learned to choose what activities mattered most to me and then I adapted and accepted just how far I could go before my heart had had enough. I still must do this at 52.
Tachycardia doesn't have to stop anyone from living a full and exciting life. It won't stop you from doing daring and new things. It will teach you that this body and heart we have are precious and we must always be in balance with what it can and can't handle so that it can continue to allow us to have adventures for as long as we can and to do that we have to keep up on our preventative care, do the yearly tests required, take the meds we are prescribed and so on.
We only live once. I plan on living as long as this heart of mine will allow!