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Coarctation Of The Aorta

I was born with coarctation of the aorta. Aortic coarctation is a narrowing of part of the aorta (the major artery leading out of the heart). It is a type of birth defect. When I was born I wasn't breathing so immediately they gave me medicine and got me stabilized. I had surgery the same day I was born, my parents didn't get to see me. They opened the narrowed part of my aorta, and did other things I don't remember. I was in the hospital for 3 months after I was born, I was born weighting a little over 4 pounds, prematurely. If I were born around my due date my birthday would be in late April, instead of mid March.
Even though they cured my heart problem, I am still at risk that it might come back but so far it hasn't. I have had high blood pressure all my life because of it.
I saw a cardiologist all of my life to keep a regular check up on my heart. My first 2 years I was seeing my surgeon once a week then it got to about every 6 weeks and then every 6 months, then 1 a year. And ever since junior high I have being a cardiologist for 1 a year. I have an MRI on my heart every 3 months. So far everything is stable. Seriously, I was born with so many problems. I wasn't expected to live.
I had a seizure in the first 3 weeks of life which made recovery from my heart surgery harder and it prolonged my hospital stay. They diagnosed with with epilepsy after a week of having seizures and it not stopping so I was prescribed medicine to control it. My epilepsy was well controlled up until I started school and I would have a seizure maybe 3 or 4 times a month.
These past couple years I have been having seizures constantly and the doctor has suggested brain surgery which I am not going to do. I am also type 1 diabetic, my pancreas does not make any of it's own insulin so I have been on insulin all my life, I learned to give myself shots when I was in Kindergarten. So far, my diabetes is well controlled. I am not having any bad flare ups.
So yeah, there's my health history.
Unfortunately because of my health problems, smoking affects me faster and harder than a normal person so therefore, lung cancer at a young age. I wasn't ever supposed to be allowed to smoke but I do it anyway.
deleted deleted 26-30 9 Responses Feb 13, 2013

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I have read that Hawthorn berry extract is good for the heart. It sounds like you have a good attitude and outlook on life.. but I'm surprised you still smoke. I'm not condemning.. just a comment.. and just my opinion..

have you ever tried medical pot?

I think it would work for you. Do you live in a state that is agreeable to the selling of medical pot?

If you need help I can walk you through the steps on how to get you medical card.

why don't you? Do you have kids at home?

Yeah, Michelle... why don't you?
Hanging in there? I'm thinking good thoughts for ya. ;)

I think switching from tobacco to marijuana might well be going from the frying pan to the fire.

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Please get the book The Mood Cure by Julia Ross. It has information on safe, non-drug therapies that could really hope you shed the craving for tobacco.

Am sorry but all you have is one life enjoy as much as you can.

Damn u been.thru.alot that sucks sweetie

i hope you will be ok lol

i had an e c g last week and blood tests i was told i had some thing in my blood and today they did some more tests i have had cancer most of my life and bowl problems my lungs are as good as they can be now but this problem with the heart is more frighting

May I suggest using a nicotine patch or gum to try and quit smoking? You have your babies to think about.. they would be devastated if you developed lung cancer from smoking. =(

Wow, that's a lot to happen to one person, however it looks like you got through it. Now you just have to beat the cancer and stop smoking.