|I guess you fixed my broken heart :)|
|American Tobacco Trail|
|My Bionic Arm|
|Our victory celebration after 52 miles!|
Certain people in your life are there for you no matter what, good times or bad. They help believe in you, even when you don't believe in yourself. I am blessed to have several of those people in my life, and Jay and my mom top that list. As I sat in the Doctor's office and laid down for my echo cardiogram (which is a lot like a sonogram for a baby, just pointed at your heart). I took a deep breath and prepared myself for what the Dr. would say. I listened to the gentle swoosh swoosh of my heart and remembered the words Jay said to me on that faithful day- "Don't worry- we can do this together". I felt comfort in knowing he was there for me, no matter what, as well as all the love and support from my family and friends.
When my Dr. Came in he said, I don't know what to tell you...PAUSE... My heart starts beating faster, panic sets in, is he trying to kill me?? "You moved to NY, why did you want to come all the way back to NC?" THAT is what he didn't know what to tell me? My gosh, he could have given me a heart attack. "I like you", I retorted! "Duke has some of the best Cardiologists and Doctors in the world, why switch? Plus, it's a great excuse to come back home and visit work, family, and friends". He smiled "Oh okay, sounds great to me- love to keep you here" as he continued to smile..."So your results were GREAT! ::Cue my sigh of relief::. My condition, although still severe, not only maintained, but the diameter reduced in size! (unprecedented success). " Whatever you're doing- the fitness, and exercise, keep it up, it agrees with you". "Wow -Amazing News! Fitness is key- that sure proves my blog hypothesis right"- I thought to myself. "She's in love" my mom chimed in from the background. "That surely must help as well, this lucky guy helped fix your broken heart" he smiled. "He sure did" I said smiling ear to ear :)
I live another year! 363 more days of happy bliss. A new reminder to live each day to the fullest, push myself to the limits, and know that anything is possible- especially when we're together! As scary as those one or two days are, they give me a new lease on life. I encourage each of you to take today as your "get out of jail free card". Mark it on your calenders, as an annual reminder. You have ONE YEAR from that day, to enjoy every minute of your life, and to "Live like you are dying" (I encourage you to listen to the beautiful words of the song, and make it your goal this year, and every year thereafter!). See you in a year, can't wait to see how you LIVED every day of LIFE.