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Aortic dissection, aortic aneurysm - The aorta - Life after an aortic dissection

Dale Santos
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  • Aiea, HI
  • United States
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When things are only normal on the outside...

I wear my scar proudly. I know a lot of people, my mother-in-law, for instance, would prefer that I hide it behind a high collar or a scarf, but I'm not ashamed of what I've been through. 

In the beginning, my family treated me like a fragile thing. I was cherished and pampered in all the right ways. But as my body started to heal on the outside, as I've been able to stay awake longer, walk longer distances, do more around the house, eat a bigger variety of food, work, drive,…


Posted on August 30, 2012 at 4:36 — 3 Comments

2 years later

I've tried, so many times, to write my story, but I can't seem to get the words out. In the beginning, I was depressed so much, feeling like I'd lost so much of myself. Now, I float through days wondering if I'm doing enough. Of course, I've learned to make time for my kids and to spend a little bit of my day with something that makes me happy. But being only 47 years old and only able to work part time (the meds, oh boy!) has put quite a strain on the finances and now I'm wondering if I've…


Posted on March 25, 2012 at 4:54 — 4 Comments

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At 9:33 on June 20, 2011, Graeme said…

Hi Dale and welcome to the group! Please take the time to have a good look around the site, post questions on the forum, write a blog, upload photos - whatever - but remember we are all here to help you an one another!




Graeme Archer

Founder Aortic Dissection Group

At 22:29 on June 16, 2011, Kimberlee Jones said…

Welcome Dale!  Don't be shy about asking questions, venting or sharing your story with us. 




At 22:13 on June 16, 2011, Richard Deal said…

hey dale,

welcome to the group! in the blog section you can find other members stories, maybe you can post yours there too. there are also probably a few interesting discussions in the forums for you - take a look, and don't be afraid to post comments or ask your own questions. we are all here to help one another,

take care,




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