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September 2013 Blog Posts (2)

My Story

Where to start... I had no warning or symptoms, and was swimming 2-3 miles a day up until my acute Type A dissection on November 5, 2012.  My sister and I were visiting our terminally ill mother in Chicago and were packing to fly home (she to Idaho, I to Philadelphia) when I felt a ripping sensation in my chest.  I had time to call out to her to "call 911," which she did, thank God (I'm glad we were on good terms!!!).  I remember thinking I should sit down, then lie down, and the next few…

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Added by Judy Johnson Roth on September 20, 2013 at 13:36 — 9 Comments

My yearly ECHO/CT.

For the first time since I dissected 7 1/2 yrs ago I went a whole yr before a checkup. Kind of exciting when the docs feel you're stable enough to move from 6m to 1yr.  Well excitement is over.  I went for my checkup(this time an ECHO since they are safer than CT scans) doc called yesterday with results.  My leaky valve has gotten worse, and there is a possible expansion of the aorta, they are sending me for a CT scan to confirm the expansion. Doc called in the referral yesterday, so…

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Added by Kimberlee Jones on September 7, 2013 at 13:49 — 5 Comments

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