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Staring Death in the face, 3 dissections in 20 years

20 Years ago give or take a couple years I went into the hospital for chest pains. A CT scan showed a dissection in the left carotid artery. I was told I had a 70% chance of death without surgery and a 50% chance during surgery.

In essence a coin toss.

The cause of the dissection was and still is a mystery. I was around 30 years old at the time and had none of the contributing factors for…


Added by Byron W Eastridge Jr on June 25, 2019 at 12:30 — 1 Comment

One year ago today.

     Today is the one year anniversary of possibly the worst day of my life a type A an b dissection and aortic aneurysm. By all accounts of the doctors and nurses who treated me I should be dead. This is how it went down.

     It was a typical day for me in Hood River Oregon.  As usual I was up early to catch the fresh powder that had once again fallen on Mt Hood Meadows. I had moved from Alaska in November of the previous year so I could be around my family, ski some different areas…


Added by Wayne Settje on January 10, 2014 at 16:30 — 3 Comments

HAPPY 2014

I just wanted to wish all of the members here a wonderful 2014. There has been a number of times this year that I did not know if I was going to see 2014. Well here it is and I am feeling great about life for another year. It will be one year on the 10th of January that I went into surgery for a type A and B AD. This is like a new year for me since I was medicly dead for more than 2 hours. I am excited to have made it one year and look forward to many more. Once again HAPPY NEW YEAR!! and…


Added by Wayne Settje on January 1, 2014 at 17:41 — 4 Comments

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…


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…


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

Type B surprise!

November 10th 2011 . It was an average Thursday for me. Nothing out of the ordinary that morning until I decided to step outside for a quick cigarette (I know, it's a terrible habit! But this was one hell of a way to stop!!). As I went to light said cigarette I had a sharp pain in my lower back. For a moment, I thought that I'd pulled a muscle in my back, then, very quickly, I realised that it was something more serious as the pain spread rapidly up my spine to my chest. I have never…


Added by Robert Sawyer on January 18, 2012 at 20:58 — 3 Comments

Update on Cheryl

Mon 7/11/11 - 4 days out from surgery - I told Cheryl I'd post something for her. Progressing well and everyone is amazed at how well she is doing - Doctor says much further than he expected.  Tubes out, spinal tap out, eating solids, walked first time Sunday evening and more today,  received some Occupational and Physical Therapy today. Cheryl is relieved  it doesn't hurt her ribs as much as initial surgery in 04.  Most trouble is feeling very tired and staying on top of pain. They are…


Added by Cheryl Kerber on July 11, 2011 at 23:10 — 4 Comments



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Added by Cheryl Kerber on July 10, 2011 at 22:27 — 7 Comments

A Life Change

Firstly I want to say how great I feel having found some fellow survivors of this life changing condition.

Here is my story. 

I am an artist 59 years old living in Spain with my partner Jean I´ve been with for 33 years. We have an enormous garden and I was not frightened of doing jobs on the roof, so not a wimp. We had visitors, my step son Andy, his wife and baby and it was 14th May 2010.  I cooked the breakfast for us as normal and went to my room to change and suddenly felt…


Added by Julia Holley on July 9, 2011 at 14:21 — 12 Comments

Latest update on Cheryl

Cheryl is finally out of surgery (7:30 a.m.- @ 4:35 pm) and is heading up to ICU soon.  The doctors said they felt the surgery went well and that the organs needing reattachment seemed to be okay.  They had to repair more than they had suspected.  Doctors feel she may wake later tonight, at which point they will be able to better assess any impact on her spinal cord. 


Thanks again for your positive thoughts and wishes her way!


Carmen, her sister

Added by Cheryl Kerber on July 7, 2011 at 21:59 — 5 Comments

Whether you believe or not, I have a request:

With my upcoming surgery on Thursday, I'm hoping to have as much "support" as possible and I appreciate all of your thoughts, prayers, and wishes for me and I thank you dearly for them.

My sister requested a healing energy affirmation/prayer for me and if you are willing, could you please just read the words - Wednesday/Thursday as I could use all the positive energy I can get to get through the pre-surgery anxiety/sadness/fears and then through the actual surgery and on to the…


Added by Cheryl Kerber on July 5, 2011 at 4:28 — 8 Comments

Four month update - the cardiologist's verdict

I get really nervous before seeing doctors, so haven't really been looking forward to my latest appointment with the cardiologist. But the news is good.

My blood test results are fine, and I don't have to have one done for my next check-up - the anemia has gone, and my cholesterol is fine. My ECG is "perfect" and my blood pressure is "estupendo", which is Spanish for "fantastic". 

However, as the ultrasound showed, there's still the problem of moderate regurgitation from the…


Added by Tim Manning on July 6, 2011 at 18:40 — No Comments


After my discouraging experience with the new doctor many things have happened: my son 27 year old was in bad motorcycle accident in Chicago on June 4th. Therefore things have been crazy for the last three weeks. He had several broken bones, a puncture lung, lacerated splint and liver. After several days of internal bleeding, he finally left the hospital on Tuesday, June 21st. He was safe from the neck up because he was wearing a helmet TG. 


I was finally able to see the…


Added by Maria Trinidad Herrera on June 24, 2011 at 0:50 — 3 Comments

ECHO today.

So I had my 6m ECHO today and doc says nothing has changed since my last echo. My enlarged aortic root/aneurysm is holding steady at 5.1 and my leak is still considered moderate. Even better news no more CT scans for me, doc feels due to my age that having an ECHO(now once a year) instead of being exposed to radiation once a year is good enough. He does say if the ECHO ever shows change or I start to develop any symptoms then of course a CT scan will be necessary.


Now let's…


Added by Kimberlee Jones on June 23, 2011 at 16:49 — 6 Comments


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