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August 2012 Blog Posts (5)

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,…


Added by Dale Santos on August 30, 2012 at 4:36 — 3 Comments

how the hell did i get here??

Those were my first thoughts when i awoke from the 2 week induced coma at my local hospital.

My last memory was of being home alone, standing, about to roll a joint when a strange sensation that had nothing to do with the dope, began.

No sharp pains, no symptoms of what was about to overwhelm my body, just a logical thought ...this does not feel ok... and my last thought before i blacked out was to press the emergency buttons on my mobile phone for ambulance service.



Added by thomas hankin on August 30, 2012 at 4:23 — 2 Comments

2nd aortic anuerysm CT scan 11 sept my birthday

i', now 47 years old woman,it 6 years since my last 5.5 major complicatedaortic anuerysm opI have a nice scar to remind me I'm alive. it two years since I was diagnosed with dillated cardiomyopthy & 3.5 cm TAA. just the other day I got Appiontment for CT angiogram aorta.It brought all back of my first one. i've been there done & got through it with my support  network. who was brillant.  It may be that it ok just needs scanning again in another year. all do wait. i dont know the…


Added by mrs elizabeth hurcombe on August 25, 2012 at 13:57 — No Comments

My Story

On May 5, 2011 I was (literally) running to catch a plane with my husband en route to a dream cruise to the UK (transatlantic).  Halfway to the departure gate (of course it was the last gate) I had a sudden, unbelievable, ripping pain down my back that dropped me to my knees. I insisted my husband continue to the gate and hold the door for me - wasn't going to miss my trip.  I sat in the concourse holding my chest and trying to breathe - no idea what was wrong.  Apparently I was making noise…


Added by Catherine Withrow on August 20, 2012 at 16:04 — 5 Comments

My first holiday post AD

I have just returned from my first holiday since my AD last August.  It has been a long year recovering but most of all it's been great just being here.  My husband, sons, parents, brother and his family spent a week together at Centre Parcs.  I managed to swim and cycle which was a real treat as I wasn't sure whether I'd be able to do either of these things.  There certainly is life as AD and it's there for the taking, I can't do all the things that I could before my AD but I appreciate the…


Added by Nicola McMeekin on August 14, 2012 at 11:58 — 3 Comments

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