Living with a Heart Condition

Heart condition

For those of you that don’t know me, you may not know that I was born with a Heart Condition. My heart was not fully formed when I was born. I was in and out of the hospital since I was born. I had multiple surgeries and a major open heart surgery when I was 7 years old.

when I was 14 years old, I had a Heart Transplant. Since then, I have been in much better health. I have not had to deal with any rejection. I have not been in the hospital, except for doctor visits and Biopsies. Since then I have been pretty blessed. Without the Heart Transplant, doctors didn’t know how long I would live, nor could they guarantee my quality of health.

Life is Better Now

I have since had the opportunity to marry my Beautiful wife, and I have 2 amazing girls.  I have been able to live my life the way I want, without any medical restrictions.

Every now and then, however, I get the opportunity to reflect on my life living with a Heart Condition.  I think about the many times I was in and out of the hospital and the many times I have not felt good.

I also had the opportunity to help the children’s hospital.  The hospital gave me the opportunity to be apart of their Radiothon and Telethon when they were trying to raise money.

I also had the opportunity to get a wish from Make A Wish. My family and I were able to spend a week at Disney World in Orlando Florida.

Don’t Be Afraid to Share

I used to be afraid of telling people that I had a Heart Condition or a handicap.  In the back of my mind, I was afraid they would treat me different.

I want to thank my parents for not letting me use my handicap as an excuse.  Let me explain when I was in the hospital my parents would still make me do my homework.  I could never get out of it.  It would have been so easy for my mom to say  “you are in the hospital, you don’t need to worry about it”.  But she didn’t.  She made sure I had my homework done before I could go to the playroom.

In High School, the school gave me the option to skip my gym election with a doctors note.  However, my mom wouldn’t allow it.  She would talk to the teacher, and let them know I had a medical condition, however, she wouldn’t let me skip it.

I want to thank my family and friends for all the support that I had throughout my childhood and teenage years.  It wasn’t easy.  I did have kids teasing me, making fun of me, however, there were still people that were always by my side and always had my back.

If you have any questions or comment feel free to leave a comment.  You can also Contact Me privately if you prefer.

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