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Well today is my youngest daughter's sixth birthday, and we know what that means.  It is also my six year anniversary of my dissection.  Of course I just had to make that announcement and celebrate with my family here too. *hugs* to all of you.


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Comment by Harry on December 25, 2011 at 18:13

Hi Kimberlee,

been a while since i read the blog & have been a little self absorbed in getting my voice back. sad to hear about the expanding Aneurysm, the same happened to me after 4 years. No reason for me just growth on it's own. I do agree stress or the stress put on us, be it violence or otherwise has a large part to do with it.

I find everyday is a challenge, i don't constantly think i have an illness & live a normal life, but then the demands of life take over & the stress/strain doesn't help the BP. what should we do wrap ourselves up in cotton wool & don't step outside the house!

Please keep an eye on any signs of expansion, more check ups then so be it. I felt fine & was enjoying the best time of my post AD life, but then told , like you, that it was growing & i had to have surgical intervention.

So after round two I am still here & it is harder, but we continue the fight against this disease. I hope yours settles down again & life brings you happiness!!

have a great Xmas/New Year

Harry X

Comment by Cheryl Kerber on December 19, 2011 at 16:24

I'm right there with you --- congrats Kimberlee.  I'd have a toast of champagne with ya but hmmm not worth the flippy heart feel --- kind of miss having a margaritta now and then - but am just glad I'm still here too. 

It's been a heavy time for so many people lately - everyone I seem to come in contact with has major issues - now maybe theirs isn't a dissection - but no matter what life challenge - it is difficult for the one going through it.  Don't know if I just notice it more - or if I've become a magnet and draw these people to me - but sometimes, all they want to do is be heard.  Just to vent a little -- and we all know how that feels --- and so I'm thankful for all of you guys!

I'm coming up to the 7th anniversary of my first surgery, and look back at how far I have come --- I don't know what all has been happening for you - I get a gist from the comments below and I can only assume --- but all my best wishes and thoughts go your way --- life is challenging - like we don't know that first hand just from our surgeries -- but you are important -- and have alot to give and live for (as I'm sure you can see in your childrens' faces!). 

I appreciate your being there if I need you - and I'm here for you if need be.  I'm not great at facebook - I have one, just don't seem to go on it!

Now I'm off to have my haircut (it's been 3 months) kind of bummed by how much hair I've lost this time around with the surgery and now the Warfarin.  But it's at least better than having to be stuck yet again with the stupid blood draws once a week (dang Warfarin -- I'm thinking my body just gets used to what they put me on so they keep bumping it up and then the weekly blood draws -- my veins seem to disappear!!!).

Take care -- and congrats!!!!!!

Have a wonderful holiday season with your kids and just know I'm sending you alot of love --- I've got a ton to give!!!!!


Comment by Kimberlee Jones on December 19, 2011 at 11:11

Thank you Richard and Gregory, I hope you have a wonderful holiday.

Comment by Richard Deal on December 19, 2011 at 10:27

congratulations on yet another year, congratulations also on kicking that useless excuse for a sonofabitch out of your life. keep strong, keep happy and keep smiling!

take care,


Comment by Gregory Smith on December 19, 2011 at 10:23

I just want to wish you a Merry Christmas and hope there'll be many more to come.

Comment by Kimberlee Jones on December 17, 2011 at 14:39

Thank you Graeme, this site is one of the reasons I don't go crazy...LOL  I can't thank you enough for it.



Comment by Graeme on December 17, 2011 at 14:36

Im thinking postive for you as well Kimberlee.. u are one amazing and strong lady... Ihope you have a peaceful, happy and joyous xmas and a healthy New Year.... thank you for all your help and support on the site in what has been a very difficult year for you... you take care ...


many wonderful xmas wishes to you ...



Comment by Kimberlee Jones on December 16, 2011 at 19:12

 A little update.  Well I  had my 6m echo two days ago, today the cardiologist called. Now just a reminder after my dissection, I developed and aneurysm in the same location about 2m after. It has been sitting pretty at 4.9cm ever since. I also developed a leaky valve shortly after surgery. Well doc says that the valve is still only moderately leaky but my aneurysm has grown to 5.4cm...they are still just watching me at this time.  The only logical explanation I have to why it's growing(for those who don't know what happened already) is that about three months ago my boyfriend(now ex) decided that it was ok to hit me, strangle me, etc. I believe as does my cardiologist that the trauma of the incident put too much stress on me(my body). So now I"m thinking that since I"m away from him and out on my own the aneurysm will go back to not growing...I'm going to think positive here.




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