Michele’s Heart Attack Survivor Story: “I have to own this, I have to figure it out”

Michele’s Heart Attack Survivor Story: “I have to own this, I have to figure it out”

Michele:
[00:00:30]
Well, I had multiple testings done and they gave me the all clear. And then I had a heart attack two days later. I think a couple of days of being home from the hospital. I saw my kids, my husband, kind of looking around, and I knew what they were thinking. Every time they looked in that bedroom and saw me laying there, because I was tired, of course. Thinking, is this going to happen again? Is she sleeping? Is she going to wake up? And I thought I have to own this. I've got to figure it out.
[00:01:00] And that's when I decided I wasn't going to live in heart attack land. If I got into my car, am I going to have a heart attack? If I walk too long, am I going to have a heart attack? So that's when I started walking. I was tired, weak, slow, but I did it. Have to be strong to provide for your family, my grandchildren, my nieces, my nephews, my great nieces, my great nephews. I have a huge family. And I'm not ready to go anywhere yet.

Michele’s Heart Attack Survivor Story: “I have to own this, I have to figure it out”

Michele experienced a heart attack just days after having been given the “all-clear” from her doctor. The experience left her scared and anxious. After noticing that her emotions were affecting her family as well, Michele knew she couldn’t allow her heart attack to define her.

Michele began walking to ease her fears of another heart attack. Although she felt tired and slow at first, she kept going, and she’s getting stronger every day.

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