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

I've done a lot of thinking these days, about what it is that still upsets about my AD. I've long since past the feeling sorry for myself, the why me, again?(I have had a few prior surgeries, not heart related) What lingers on and on and frustrates me still is that I can't go one day without something causing me to think about my AD and my current aneurysm. Either my heart does it's little extra beat thing, or I get a pain when I sneeze or just for no reason in my chest bone area, etc. There's always something that makes me think "is this the day" Anyway I am just venting and still wishing for one day that I don't think about my mortality. I would love for others to share what, if anything is that one or few things that still frustrate you.



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Comment by Gary Dan Salow JR on July 24, 2014 at 22:53

I can totaly releate to what you just said, I do the same thing everyday, mostly right after i wake up, I tell my wife and son that i love them everyday, because at any time your life can change. I had someone tell me once, that when you first wake up from sleeping you can make up in your mind that your day is going to be a good day or a bad day, I try to think about that alot, but i do understand when there are just times that you can not help but think about how unfair it all is.  Wish you the best...


Comment by Kimberlee Jones on February 9, 2013 at 18:21

Thanks Richard

I think if I didn't have young children, the fear wouldn't be so strong. Since my AD, I like you I have been there and truly the only thing I fear is leaving behind my kids before they are old enough.  But it's not the fear that is the frustrating thing, it's never being able to not think about it. Like I said, just one day that I don't think about the AD or aneurysm would be wonderful and unfortunately I don't

Comment by Richard Deal on February 9, 2013 at 18:10

hey kimberlee,

the entire episode is basically there for me whenever i take a pill, notice my heart beat or even hear a bit of turbulence/gurgling in my stents. the thing is, i take pills twice a day and have some sort of twinge or whatever at least once practically every day so it has now eroded into my appreciation of my "total" condition. i only get worried if something out of the ordinary happens, and then i get myself to the doctor for quick once over.

we are all going to die one day, and having had the "pleasure" of having that day, i now know i have nothing to fear. life is for living, and when the time comes to stop, pfffffft. i have squeezed another however-many-years of life out of this decrepit body and had a blast along the way...

the only real frustration i have is that i have to take a break every now and then!

chin up! maybe one of those twinges or pains is something actually getting better ;)

take care,


Comment by Gregory Smith on February 8, 2013 at 16:28

What keeps me going is knowing that I beat this thing. Every little twinge or ache does remind me that I've had some major surgery, but I always put it down to 'healing pains'. Keep looking on the bright side and remember, you're special.


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