Gazelle Gets Big Health Update Three Years After Frightening Heart Attack
Today was a good day. There was great news and tears of joy as the doctor dismissed me from his office with a rave review of my health.
As I approach the third anniversary of my mild heart attack, there are so many things for which I am grateful.
Things that might not have been a reality if I didn't get to St. Lukes's Hospital in time.
Life is fragile and fulfilling at the same time. You can't always live in a bubble, but it is important to take care of your health. The second I started listening to my body, I began noticing positive changes.
I only feel guilty for not paying attention sooner.
It's mind-boggling to think of how much time has passed since that frightening night.
I worked my ass off rehabilitating my body and securing my strength. I'm still not as athletic as I once was and may never be again, but what's important is that I'm still above ground and surrounded by so much love and support.
Along the way, I had to retrain myself in the gym and gradually strengthen my cardio. Climbing stairs and walking my dog were chores for the longest time. I was always out of breath. One day at a time, then weeks, months, and eventually years passed and the work I put in was worth it.
All of this is because I abused energy drinks and refused to listen to my body when I pushed it too hard. My mother always tells me to slow down and although I thought she meant not to speed, I now know she meant much more.
"You're as healthy as they come and I don't see any reason why we need to see you anymore," Dr. Gregory Russell said.
Those were the final words from my cardiologist today, and I couldn't have felt more relieved. I know that I still have a long way to go but with a wedding coming up in October, a beautiful and smart fiancée by my side, the best parents and family a guy could ask for, and a strong support system of friends, that's all the motivation I need to keep pushing forward.
Listen to your body. It will be the best care you can give yourself.