Happy 8th Heart-iversary to me!

by Carolyn Thomas  ♥  @HeartSisters

Screen Shot 2016-05-05 at 6.34.28 PMEight years ago today, I was hospitalized for a myocardial infarction – or what my doctors referred to as the “widow maker” heart attack.  (Note the gender-biased semantics here, heart sisters: docs don’t call a cardiac event caused by a blocked left anterior descending coronary artery the “widower maker”, do they?) 

I am, frankly, surprised to be here writing this today.

For much of those past eight years, particularly during the first early years, I did not actually believe I would make it to this anniversary. Ongoing cardiac issues associated with a secondary diagnosis of inoperable coronary microvascular disease mean frequent episodes of debilitating symptoms, a fistful of daily cardiac meds, and having my pain specialist at our Regional Pain Clinic on speed dial.

As Australian cardiac psychologist (and himself a heart surgery survivor) Len Gould likes to say: before heart attack, every chest pain is just indigestion. Afterwards, every chest pain is another heart attack!

Happy heart-iversary to me, and to all of you who are survivors, too!


Q: Have you recently celebrated your own Heart-iversary?

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45 thoughts on “Happy 8th Heart-iversary to me!

    1. Thank you, dear Barbara. We know that women’s survival stats after MI are often scary, so it’s always a mutual celebration to share when one of us defies those odds year after year. Hurray for us!


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