“I have a lot of people in my family with heart disease. My father passed away at a young age of heart disease. My brother and my sister have some sort of heart condition – each of us has some form of heart issues, it’s pretty widespread in my family. I think when I was younger, I didn’t realize the severity of it at the time. I couldn’t put it into perspective. But then, the older I got I started to realize that there are things that I can do to help this. I can’t cure it, but I can help it. I can make choices that keep me stay healthy or is as healthy as possible. You don’t get that option with other diseases. So, I started to feel like I have a say in my health and that’s empowering – I find that to be a very empowering thing. I have high cholesterol, it’s genetic. I had blockages in my arteries. I had one repaired, and while they were repairing it my arteries tore, so, I ended up having four stents when I was expecting just one. On the elevator to recovery, I had a heart attack because while I was on the elevator. They took me back to the operating room and I got another stent. Five altogether. This was just one year ago. My son actually has my condition. I passed it on to him. So, what my kids have seen and hopefully learned is that they’re very good about eating well, exercising, and having their cholesterol checked. You know, it’s a journey, and they’re very aware it. So, they live a very active life – both of my children. They are conscious of it – to do what they can. And even though it was a hard thing to go through, it has been a very positive environment at the Heart Institute. I’ve learned so much, and I’m grateful that they’re here and will be there for my son and my family.”
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