Aortic dissection, aortic aneurysm - The aorta - Life after an aortic dissection
On 2nd June, I celebrated the 2nd anniversary of my Type A Aortic Dissection. On that day I had arrived in Gargnano, on the Western side of Lake Garda in Italy, having ridden my BMW motorcycle through France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland, over a period of 3 days, to get there. This was some achievement for me, as only a few weeks before, I found it hard to do more than a few tens of miles without getting very tired. I stayed with several other biker friends at our hotel in Gargnano for a week where we went for many lovely rides.
On the way home, we encountered every kind of weather imaginable, including sunshine, rain, hail, fog, strong winds and even snow! Yes, SNOW in Livigno, Italy, where we stayed for one night. It was fine when we arrived but next morning everything was covered in 2 inches of snow and we had to leave whilst it was still snowing.
I arrived back home in Hampshire yesterday, having travelled some 3000 miles in 2 weeks.
Anyway, I'm posting all this just to let you know that suffering an AD, even an acute AD like mine, doesn't mean the end of life as you used to know it. With a positive mental attitude, exercise and the support of loved ones, you can still lead a normal life.
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