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Phyllis’s Fight Like a Girl Story (Heart Disease)

Phyllis's Story (Heart Disease)My name is Phyllis K from Lincoln Delaware and originally from NYC. I have had heart disease for 35 years. I have had 3 heart surgeries to replace my tricuspid valve. In 2000, I was diagnosed with Atrial Fibulation and  am now on blood thinners.

I had a brain bleed in March of this year, a stroke they called it. They still have no idea what caused this. My coumadin levels were not dangerously high and I had not fallen or hit my head in anyway. I woke up in the intensive care unit where I spent the next 9 days with a drainage tube in my head.

My family surrounded me, my daughter and son in law from Texas, my brother from South Carolina, friends traveled to see and pray with me.

I survived as I had for the past 35 years. I have this natural desire to survive; we all have it. My sense of humor has always been the key to my recovery.  If you’re over 50, it’s important for us girls to have our cardiograms and stress tests done every year; just like any other tests we have annually. Heart disease is a silent killer, so let’s all take care of our hearts and souls. And remember, a smile is your gift to others.

Phyliss K
Delaware
Submitted 10-4-2012

The informational content of this article is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.

This article is intended to convey general educational information and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.

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