Feb 4
uribeml , Posted on SUPPORT NETWORK Blog

Heart Transplant Survivor

Hello. I am 34 years old and a heart transplant recipient. Nine years ago I was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy. In 2013 I was implanted a pacemaker/defibrillator. In December 2015 I was told my heart was failing a lot and was placed on the heart transplant list. On May 7, 2016 I received my second chance of life and received a good and healthy heart. I am very blessed and enjoying every single day. 2016 was a very tough year but I got through it with the support of God, family, and friends. It really helps to talk to with other people that have gone through similar situations. If anyone has any questions, please feel free to ask. If you are on the heart transplant list and are waiting for a heart, just know that it does get better. I am proof that it does get better, you just have to believe. If you are waiting for a transplant, are getting a pacemaker, or just scared about what the journey will be like, ask any questions you might have. It helped me tremendously meeting someone that had a transplant and guided me so much. 
  • purple heart
    purple heart,
    Thank you so much for this uplifting post! I had a sudden Cardiac arrest at age 34! I was placed on a transplant list until by my liver and kidneys shut down too while on the Bi-vad machine. I was so lonely with no one to talk too! So I am sure your post will help so many others! I spent three months in the hospital and had an ICD implanted In me! I am on my 4 th one! ICD save lives!!!! Thank you for your positive post and I wish you the best!
  • Graymatter
    SPECTACULAR Uribeml!! Fight on m'dear fight ON!! It's always TOO soon to quit!! Having God lend support,tips the odds in YOUR favor!! Bless you!!
  • Sownman
    Congrats on your success and your desire to help others. I replied to a previous post you made, don't know if you saw it. I was told at age 34 my only hope was a transplant. I got a second opinion Some medication,changed my lifestyle and lived well for 30 more years. Then my heart really did take a nose dive. At 65 I got the transplant. Mine was May 25 2016 at UCLA. Whenever I am there for my followup care I visit At least one patient who is waiting for a transplant because like you A stranger visited me and it made a world of difference to me to know Someone cared and to know it would not be as tough as I imagined. Where was your surgery ?
  • AHA/ASA Sarah Ismail
    AHA/ASA Sarah Ismail,
    Hi Uribemi, your kind words of encouragement are sure to give so many people in the same situation as you lots of hope and positivity. I wish you all the best in life1 Best, Sarah
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