demick98
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demick98, April 18,  2020  7:32pm EST

44 years old with 4 stents . Scared and no one to talk to

Looking to chat with people my age and scared like me

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  • AHAASAKatie
    AHAASAKatie, April 21,  2020  9:50am EST

    Good Morning, I am so sorry that you have had to experience this. Can I ask why you had the stents? Was it PAD or something else? I was 48 when I had a sent due to DVT and struggled a bit with feeling a little too young to be experiencing this. Please know we are here for you. Best Katie

  • JamesPL
    JamesPL, April 21,  2020  1:29pm EST

    Being scared is common. Any serious health condition creates that fear within each of us as anyone on this site can attest to. I assume you are also on blood thinners to reduce the risk of future clots. These are common treatments. The best advice I can give you is to have a good long conversation with your doctor to find out about the best ways you can take care of yourself going forward. Exercise and a good diet are two good things I would recommend. In the case of exercise, you should ask your doctor what you are allowed to do and then do it. Also understand that time heals all. As you live with your condition and treatments, you'll feel better about yourself while your body is recovering and you gain increased strength. 

    I wish you all the best with your recovery and improved health!

    Jim

  • jcowin
    jcowin, April 30,  2020  1:33pm EST

    Hi demick98,

    I definitely understand that feeling. What was the reason you needed to have 4 stents, if you don't mind me asking?

    Something that has always helped me get through rough periods of stress, anxiety, being scared, is talking about it. You are doing just that! I have gotten a lot of advice from people saying to just stop and take a deep breath. At first, my thinking was that is not going to work at all, but it does. It does not take away from what you are experiencing, especially if you have not had heart issues before (even if you have), but it helps. Your world completely changes and change is always scary, but it will be ok! Most importantly, know that you are not alone.

    Jessica

  • FatemaZia
    FatemaZia, April 30,  2020  5:45pm EST

    Hi Demick98,

    With the current scenario in the world, trust me, EVERYONE is scared and I'm really sorry you are feeling this way. My dad, who has a similar condition as yours, freaks out every time his groceries run out or he has to step out for essentials. So, these are a few things I do, to remain positive during these stressful times:

     - I meditate! And by meditations, I don't mean anything complicated. Just take a break from all your screens, maybe like 15-mins, and focus on your breathing. 

     - Exercise. Trust me, whether it's just jogging in one place, some squats or planks, exercise really helps. In the first few weeks, I let go of my everyday routine, and oh my muscles took a hit. my body was sore for a while! 

     - Make ART! it doesn't matter if you are good at it or not, just do something creative. 

     - Don't lose your positive energy. Keep reminding yourself that you are not alone, this too shall pass and all is well. It's not always easy, I know, but it's not impossible :)

    Lastly, I am here if you ever wish to talk and you are not alone my friend. Take care!

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