Most of you all know about my health issues, to say it is bad is sort of an understatement. But I am not posting to make everyone bummed out, I
want to make this an uplifting post.
One year ago today, I quit smoking. Cold turkey after almost 30 years. I never thought I could quit, and for the most part I didn't want to.
But for some strange reason, I smoked my last one and never picked them up again. Now to be honest, that doesn't mean there were not points
in the last year that I didn't struggle with it. Smoking is very addictive and sometimes people go a lifetime trying to quit and can't.
Moving on. One month later to the day, I had my 4th heart attack. While having the heart cath they found 4 arteries that were blocked. One was
99% blocked and the other 3 were 100% blocked. Needless to say my chances were not good, but at the time I didn't know that because they
had me on drugs that made me sleep and killed the pain.
They did emergency surgery and pulled veins from my left leg and replaced the bad ones.
I woke up that evening with a tube down my throat making me breathe and my head spinning from all the pain meds they had me on.
After following all the things they wanted me to do in the hospital, I was home in around 4 days. Recovery was tough, and very, very painful. Already having diabetes, and severe nerve damage because of neuropathy, it just amplified the pain.
Now I have congestive heart failure to add to the list of things that are wrong, but let me get to the point I wanted to make.
A year ago next month, I knew in my heart I was going to die, my family believed that, and my Dr. also. But surprise, here I am, still alive and kicking. I may not be the same person physically that I was a year ago, but I am the same person on the inside. No one gave me a chance to live, and neither did I, but here I am.
I missed a lot of time here on the forums and in the servers, and mostly I missed all my friends here. I had a bunch of support through friends here, and they continue to do so.
Sometimes I feel like, if not for so many here, I would not have made it. Now, my Dr says I only have a few years left before my heart fails me, but I say if I can make it through all this other
stuff, I can make it through all the things that are to come.
To sum this all up, I just want to thank everyone here for all the support, and for just being my friend, that in its self means more to me than you could ever imagine. You guys/girls
have played a tremendous role in keeping me alive and keeping me here. I can't express how much I love you all and each of you have a special place in my heart.