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After surviving a rare coronary artery dissection and massive heart attack while nine months pregnant, Nefertari has devoted her life to uplifting other heart patients and promoting heart health awareness.

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What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stronger

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The phrase "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger" took a whole new meaning when I actually had a heart attack and survived. Although it took time, I can see a difference in my attitude towards life.

I felt as though I was always a positive person, but I was also always in a hurry. I would shuffle around without stopping for a moment.

I was always sure to provide for my children. If anyone in my life asked me for anything, I felt guilty if I wasn't able to provide. I put the needs of others before my own.

The heart attack didn't kill me, rather I was killing myself slowly. I woke up in a hurry, scurried through my day and fell in bed late at night exhausted.

Looking back, I've realized that I may have been a huge contributing factor in my own heart attack. I know that technically, SCAD (Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection), was the main factor, but since stress is also a factor, I didn't do all that I should have to live a reduced stress life.

The good news is I'm stronger now! I am able to put the needs of myself and my family first. I don't carry the weight of the world on my shoulders. I accept what I cannot change and I alter my way of thinking about things that are not serious enough to stress over.

Victory over beating a life-threatening disease like a heart attack is not only about defeating the physical symptoms-it's about having a winning attitude about your new life! 

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Tags: Relationships after Near-Tragedy , Accepting the Diagnosis , How Outlook Affects Outcome

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After surviving a heart attack, Nefertari has devoted her life to promoting heart health awareness.

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