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steveSD, January 10,  2021  9:45pm EST

New Year, New Challenges

March 8 is the 4 year anniversary of my HA. This past year was really hard with the Covid shutdowns and a lot of disapointment seeing things my family had worked very hard for and looked forward to get canceled. The highlight of the year was Feb 2 when I maried my wonderful, supportive wife after 8 years of being engaged and trying to find the right time and plan something that worked for us. It was amazing and we were lucky to have all of our family and friends there before Covid took over.

I've spent the last four years working really hard to eat right, exercise, and strengthen my body so I don't have to worry as much about my heart. I had my right hip replaced in 2019 and I had to work hard to rebuild after that. I'm finally in a really good place and I just want everything to stay how it is but 2020 had other plans.

Towards the end of the year I had a sore on my tongue that wouldn't heal and after seeing a few doctors I ended up having tests and then scans and now I will be having major surgery in less than 2 weeks followed by radiation. This is not how the year was supposed to start. I know there are support groups for that but I'm not ready to hear from people that have been there yet. I've battle through heart disease & diabetes, and I'm doing very well, fought through a joint replacement and now walk 5+ miles a day with my dog and I will get through this too. Apparently I got all of the bad genes in my family, maybe because I'm the one strong enough to fight through it all and thrive afterwards. Just wish I could skip ahead 6 months and fast forward through it because I feel great today and I know I will again.

By the time my birthday comes around in April, I will be done with treatment and back on the road to solid health. Stay safe everyone, best wishes for the new year. - Steve

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  • Djwel
    Djwel, January 11,  2021  8:43am EST

    It's good to hear from you this morning, though your news has not been what you want to hear.  You have a positive attitude & that is so important these days.  I wish you well through this next season of your life, and will keep you in my prayers.  I'm sure there are others that are facing hard times, and I hope they share as well.  I love having a support group that is open for discussion.

    2021 - Let'***** it hard & hope for better days!

  • steveSD
    steveSD, January 11,  2021  4:45pm EST

    Djwel, I have to laugh at the censoring of your sign off. Too funny that the s from let's and the h from hit made the computer think you were saying something else. 

    Thank you for the prayers. I can certainly use all of them I can get. Better days are coming, I know it.

  • Djwel
    Djwel, January 11,  2021  8:17pm EST

    HA .. that's hilarious.  If the computer knew me, it would never even suspect such a thing.  Guess i should have thought before typing, right?

    I do believe that better days are coming, and we'll get through this.  


  • Mb120918
    Mb120918, January 12,  2021  8:42am EST

    Hi Steve,

    Never a dull moment,  right?  Sorry that you have to go through this.  But, you are right about being a strong person that can get through this.  By the time your birthday rolls around this experience will be in your rearview mirror. Wishing you strength and fortitude.  Prayers are good too!  No doubt you will kick it's b**t.  Censored myself so they don't have to.


  • survivor09
    survivor09, January 19,  2021  1:31pm EST

    Hi Steve,

    You have more challenges ahead of you. You must be exhausted.  You have a good attitude about it and that will help you get through it.   My brother had to go through throat cancer treatment and it was rough.  He made it through heroically and you will, too.  

    Best of luck to you and prayers for a full recovery!!


  • Billiam
    Billiam, January 22,  2021  12:21am EST

    Hi Steve and y'all

    At the time, 4 years ago, I didn't think I would recover from the heart attack and problems associated with the heart attack. As soon as I got home I thought I was having kidney stones and was in severe pain. All that year I thought I was dying. I went to the ER because I thought I was having a heart attack about 8 months after having the original heart attack. It wasn't a heart problem this time. It was a tumor in my gallblader. I had the gallbladder removed and began to feel much better. 

    Every year since I keep getting better but not as good as I was before the heart attack. I'm happy ,satisfied and content  these days. I realized that **** happens and those that try usually have better outcomes. KOKO- keep on keeping on is where I'm at. I say koko all the time when I pray, especially when things are looking out of my control. 


  • vancet
    vancet, January 24,  2021  1:46am EST

    Take care Steve.  I hope you recover quickly and thank you for sharing and being so positive for the rest of us.

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