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.See all posts »
Outlook Affects Outcome
I was diagnosed with a sudden coronary artery dissection while I was nine months pregnant. Although 10 doctors told me that I’d have to choose between my baby’s life and my own, the expression on my face didn’t change. I knew that I had no control over my future and that what will be, will be.
When you know a situation is out of your control, it’s best to try to find the most positive side possible. At the point of my diagnosis, I couldn’t think of anything positive. However, I knew that I had tried to do right to the best of my ability and that if it was my time to go, worrying was not going to change that.
Thinking positively has gotten me through some of the toughest times in my fight against heart disease. At one point the bad news just kept coming and there were definitely days when the tears would fall. On those days, I was able to find joy in just being alive. In the past, I never stopped to listen to dogs barking or watch the leaves blowing. I was too busy, always on the run. Nowadays, I find myself appreciating every moment.
What I once viewed as problems, I now view as lessons that I need to learn so that I can teach someone else. I realized that living with a diagnosis of heart disease doesn’t have to be a death sentence. I can use my experience as a way to reach out, encourage, and help others. I can say from the bottom of my heart: “I understand what you’re feeling.”
The hard things that you go through will make you a better individual. And although the rough days will come, for the most part, I wake up every day with a smile on my face and think: “Who can I help today?”
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