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lakehozdremr, January 9,  2021  12:48pm EST

My heart attack survival day- what do I call it?

So, today is the one year anniversary of surviving a STEMI (widow maker) heart attack on 01/09/2020.  This has been a year of self-care, learning, stretching my skills, evaluating my relationships and just being glad to still be here.  I am doing very well.  I do not have hypertension.  I am only taking aspirin.  I changed my stress level.  I took time off of work.  I changed my eating habits and got more exercise in my day.  I am not taking 4 of the 5 Gold Standard, post-STEMI recommended medications.  

I need to find a term to describe this new lease on life that I have.  It's one year old today.  

Help me out.  How are you marking your survival?

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  • AHAModerator
    AHAModerator, January 9,  2021  1:54pm EST

    Welcome to the support network and thank you for sharing your story with us!

    I'm sorry to hear about your heart attack but so happy to read about your progress over the last year. It sounds like you've made a lot of positive changes!

    Congratulations on your one-year anniversary and here's to many more!

    Best Wishes,

    AHA Support Team

  • steveSD
    steveSD, January 10,  2021  1:50pm EST

    Congratulations! I'm coming up on 4 years in March and I've posted on the anniversaries before. I guess that's all I call it but I usually accompany it with "I'm still here". When I got home from the hospital I put a sticky note on my mirror that said "I'm home and I'm alive". On my bad days that kept me going, just thinking about how grateful I was that first day home, no matter how I felt. Best wishes to you in your health and keep it up. - Steve

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