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How does everyone live with an AAA?

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Comment by Kimberlee Jones on April 15, 2013 at 11:39

I did that(think about the future) every second of every day after my AD. After a few years I finally realized that I was busy worrying about tomorrow, I wasn't living today. I've said 100x and will probably say 100x more I  believe the mental recovery is so much harder than the physical.

*hugs*

Kimberlee

Comment by Tom Alderman on April 15, 2013 at 10:29

I had my aaa 4 weeks ago, and Its been very emotinal to me, And I ask my self about my future

Comment by Gretchen Doss on March 28, 2013 at 14:35

What is funny I am a female and the oldest of 4 brothers.My dad had AAA and didn't know it.His had rupurted.Lucky he was by a hospital that could repair him.I have known for 4 years now that I have AAA.They keep a close eye on it.But it feels like a ticking time bomb.

Comment by John Greenstreet on March 27, 2013 at 17:16

After reading Graeme's comment below about AAA, I decided to follow up as I don't know if I've ever been screened for AAA despite having an AD. Up  to now I didn't know what an AAA was (see below!) but realise now my late father-in-law was diagnosed with and and operated on for an AAA.

My local health authority are inviting all males to attend screening at age 65, and can elect to be screened if older. I somehow was omitted from the list, having just turned 65 in January, and the lady at the screening reception didn't know if I had or hadn't been screened during my time in hospital with AD. (She also didn't know what a type A AD was!)

The point of this comment is that if we assume you have an aortic weakness if you have already had AD, it makes sense to check for AAA, and there is a screening programme in place for that. Makes sense to me.

Comment by Gretchen Doss on March 27, 2013 at 16:53

Thank you and that really helps

Comment by Kimberlee Jones on March 27, 2013 at 15:30

Venting.....the great thing about this site is that you can vent(we all do from time to time) and the people reading more than likely have at some point felt exactly what you're feeling. So feeling frustrated or down...vent!  And remember we are all here for you.  *hugs* Kimberlee

Comment by Gretchen Doss on March 27, 2013 at 15:12

I am really glad that I found this site.Been feeling a little rough lately,due to my clogged arteries.And sometimes I get frusterated and down.

Comment by John Greenstreet on March 20, 2013 at 13:17

Doh! Just read a little further on this site and learned that AAA is an abdominal aneurism, which goes to prove how dumb I am! And how lucky I am, and how pleased I am to have found this small area to share my thoughts and feelings with those who really know.Good luck, Gretchen - you are in good company. X

Comment by John Greenstreet on March 20, 2013 at 13:13

Hi Gretchen, This time last year I had just been operated on for a type A AD and was blissfully unaware of anything that happened that day, or at least can remember nothing! Not sure what an AAA is, but welcome to the site anyway.

Comment by Gretchen Doss on March 13, 2013 at 13:24

It really helps me to have a place to go and learn from other people like me and how they support each other.My boyfriend gets scared and I understand,So, by having a place to go and see there is hope is wonderful.

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