Cancer to Heart Problems
I had cancer as a teenager, was successfully treated, but 20 years later learned the radiation used has damaged my heart. I had a mitral valve repair in 2016, which did not go well, and am heading in again for both mitral and tricuspid soon. Wish to link up with others whose heart problems are a result of radiation treatments. I feel my cardiologist and highly experienced surgeon underestimated the damage and problems I would face in recommending a repair, but I don't blame them, I blame cancer. I do feel great about the decisions for the next surgery - tissue mitral valve replacement/tricuspid tightening. I had years of not being well and not understanding why, despite seeking help - no one understands a young cancer survivor's plight. Since learning about my heart and gaining help/meds and hopefully soon a better functioning heart, I have hope. I'm excited to gain energy and life back! I'm young for a heart patient. I can't wait to go running, hiking, swimming and keep busy with my young family. Surgery is a blessing. Each new day is a gift.