In June 2011 I wanted to join a fitness program because I felt tired all the time and thought that exercising might make me feel better. However, the program I was joining required I be checked by a doctor. I reluctantly made my appointment. Prior to my appointment I was mowing the lawn and had felt a strange, tightening feeling on the left side of my neck. Since it was quite hot outside I went into the house and decided to resume mowing in the morning. I mentioned this incident to the doctor and he sent me for a stress test.
My stress test went well, I thought. However, the doctor wasn’t as pleased with the results from the nuclear stress test and I was rescheduled for a resting test. I was given a nitro glycerin pill prior to my test and was told that it might make me feel dizzy. I was expecting to feel dizzy but instead felt relief. I was then scheduled to see a cardiologist ASAP. The cardiologist visit resulted in the diagnosis of 3 blockages. 1-100%, 1-90% and 1-70%. I was immediately hospitalized and underwent triple bypass surgery the following day. Hindsight has taught me that we must listen to our bodies. I had had all the signs and warnings but didn’t want to believe I was that ill. Thankfully I didn’t have a heart attack and didn’t have any heart damage. �