I grew up living the average life for a young, athletic girl who played every sport imaginable; but my world quickly changed the summer before my thirteenth birthday. My aunt went into cardiac arrest while out shopping and was in a coma for about 4 days. Those days were such a blur to me and such a scary time, but she stayed strong and survived and since then have been able to test her and some of the family. I was diagnosed with Long QT Syndrome and decided to implant a pacemaker/defibrillator in October of 2003. Along with my mom and sister, I live with a heart condition forever that could potentially be passed down to my kids.
I have never been more thankful for anything in my life. I have been given a second chance at life, at making a difference in this world. Yes! It’s a scary thing, to live with this, but I am safe, and protected. I am comforted knowing that I survived this, and am continuing to go strong. Yes, I do have complications and heart troubles, but I do not let it slow me down. I enjoy being extremely active and exercising!
If I do one thing right in my life it would be encouraging young patients of a heart condition; I have been there, I know what it feels like to survive surgery that lasted 6 hours, twice so far, and will continue to have surgeries for the rest of my life! But it’s okay, its what I have to do! I just hope I can be a positive influence on someone else’s life!! I look at famous, young celebrities living with other fatal diseases as well, and how they impact young listeners or viewers. We can be the same way too, we just need to stick together! I am more ready than ever to impact this world of cardiac patients!