How do I cope living with a mechanical valve in my heart and a pace maker to help my heart function? “One day at a time”.
A couple of years ago (February 2009) , I received a new heart valve plus a pace maker. I was born with an abnormal heart valve and developed symptoms at age 42. I notified my doctor, a test was ordered then I received a mechanical valve. Four days later I developed heart blockage . The doctor informed my family that I would need a pace maker to help my heart function. A year later, my third surgery took place : pace maker revision. My fourth surgery took place on December 21st, 2015; I received new batteries in my pace maker.
I find the strength within to press through the low moments of my recovery by relying on my faith in God . I’m so grateful for the support I continue to receive from my beautiful family, friends, church community and medical team: which is part of my healing process.
Sharing words of encouragement ……
Despite whatever you may face : strive every day to maintain a positive outlook on life.
Re: My Eight Year Heart Anniversary: true blessing
On Sunday, February 12th, my beautiful family and friends attended my heart collage celebration. We added hearts to my collage project ( section #4) at a local park in our community.
The purpose of the collage; to celebrate my recovery from heat valve replacement and three pace maker surgeries , promote heart awareness & honor family affected by heart/stroke disease.
I thank God for placing the desire in my heart to create the collage.