Holy Smokes... today marks one year since my heart attack and the reason for the name of my blog, heartmom210, 2-10-16. Throughout my blogs, I have referenced this last year as a crazy journey of recovery. And boy, what a ride it's been. Pop up chest pain on a sporadic basis. Days where I can exercise and other days where I can't. But when it all comes down to it I wouldn't change a thing. Crazy I know!
Days like today are filled with so many emotions. The nights of going to sleep and worrying that it will happen again have started to diminish. My heart and every little sensation no longer bring about the sense of doom and gloom. I won't lie to you that my mortality still creeps into my thoughts now and again. But I have learned that God woke me up that night for a reason and that reason is for me to be here with my family and live! Live life like each day is a new beginning. My Aunt Trish always said,"live each day with the attitude of gratitude."
I have a lot of people to thank for getting me through this year from the doctors who saved my life, to the nurses in cardiac rehab who made my heart strong, to my family who has blessed me with compassion and understanding when I needed a shoulder to cry on. But most importantly to my husband Joe and my kids Parker and Brenna THANK YOU! This has not been an easy road but it's simply a blip on the radar of life and we are so much stronger.
Below are some photos of the great friends and family sporting their red for a good cause...
Who knew that #Heartiversary was a real thing? But like anything in life you need to celebrate, take a deep breath and enjoy the second chance at life that you have been given. I know too many people affected by heart disease, arrhythmias, and stroke. Although our heartiversaries/strokeiversaries come and go on different days we are all interconnected by our hearts! So celebrate with me today as we turn another chapter in the book of life!! Thanks for reading my blog over this last year and inspiring me the passion to help others through this crazy journey of RECOVERY!!