My unexpected new life...6 years after chemo/radiation/hormone treatment of breast cancer, I felt i finally returned to my previous/"normal" self: Full time working, totally enjoying my (almost) daily brisk walking, minimal pills, physically and mentally feeling good, fostering kittens for the local community... "Life is good!" As I approach to my big bday coming in early Apr, my hubby and I scheduled a celebration cruise to New Zealand at that time...
Not so fast.
Some unusual and funny "big lump in the throat" feeling after brief exertion last Oct prompted me to push for a stress test. As a medical professional myself I know it's abnormal and warrants some "rule-outs". The result was far from my wished "laughable paranoia". A series of testing including angiogram confirmed "Chronic Total Occlusion of middle LAD x 4 cm", likely secondary to radiation therapy to my left breast ca. Rather than stents, a bypass surgery was deemed to be best treatment option (for long term), and scheduled for Mar 14.
Here I am, just when I thought I can restart my "new/normal" life, I need an open-heart surgery! I will b trying to "get up and walk" on my big 50 bday instead of cruising in New Zealand... and that is if the surgery completes perfectly.
After the initial shock, I gradually accepted the reality and start to prepare for my surgery. I surfed the net and found this community! I started to calm down, i believe I found a right place and a knowledgeable group to learn, share and to survive my new battle for life!
Thank you for reading! I'm looking forward to knowing you and learning from you!