As Bruce Springsteen once sang, “You get used to anything. Sooner or later it just becomes your life.”(1) Bruce was right. Since being diagnosed with heart disease in 2008, I’ve observed a bizarre and surprising change in my ability to adjust to ongoing cardiac symptoms. My symptoms have not changed. But at some point, I just got better at adjusting to them.
In fact, I suspect that the chest pain which just feels “normal” to me by now would make most other people head straight to the Emergency Department. . . Continue reading “The familiar self, the unfamiliar self and the recovery of self”