Good morning and Happy Easter, Jim. I must confess that I've never worried about my heart problems, although concern has definitely entered the picture a number of times. I was a runner, worked out with weights and probably ate better than 95% of the people on this earth. I had a little a-fib but on July 31, 2006, I suffered a heart attack, my wife rushed me to a hospital and I was then life flighted to St. Luke's in the medical center in Houston. I had a double by-pass ( 100% blockage in the widow maker and 90+% in another) and have scar tissue on 20% of my heart. Since that event I've had 3 cardioversions, an ablation, a pacemaker, an aneurism repaired, both knees replaced, and now have been diagnosed with stage 3 prostate cancer. Through all of this I've kept the attitude that God is totally in charge of my life and I've turned it over to him. I've been a visiting member Mended Hearts for 10 years and when people hear my story many realize that after heart challenges that there is a lot of life in each and every one of us. Hopefully this will help you in some way and perhaps calm your anxiety. Remember HE IS RISEN for each and everyone of us.
Hello James, and thank you for reaching out. As the several responses to your initial posting shows, you have taken an incredibly important first step by reaching out through this forum. We have a very active Mended Hearts support group here in the DC metro area, which meets monthly at Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park MD (not too far from you). Call me directly at (202) 607-5448 and we will get you fully connected regarding upcoming meetings (next one is Sunday May 19 at 4 pm), as well as to volunteers locally who have faced situations similar to yours, and much much more.
We are also glad to hear that you are coming to this Saturday's regional cluster meeting at INOVA Fairfax Hospital – we'll see you there, and there will be numerous participants who have gone through what you are going through now. Thank you for reaching out, and we look forward to shaking your hand Friday ! Give me a call anytime.
Norm Linsky (Chapter 94 immediate past president)