On June 23, while on a walk with my daughters on the campus of the University of Nebraska Lincoln, I suffered a cardiac arrest. I was taken to the hospital where I was placed on a life support system for 5 days. After physical therapy and the implantation of an defibrillator and pacemaker I was able to return home. The next spring, I noticed that I was having swelling in my left leg and after months of treatment, it was determined that I have Lymphedema. The ECMO life support machine had damaged my Lymphatic system as well as my nervous system. In April, I began to develop Congestive Heart failure and it was determined that I needed a mitral valve repair. On August 6, 2014, after the re pair was complete, I suffered heart failure again. My right Ventricle could not handle the stress of the open heart surgery. I was once again placed on a life support machine for five days and a by pass surgery was done. I again did physical therapy and was able to go home. Since that surgery, I have had to overcome C-Diff, continued Congestive Heart Failure, numerous hospital stays, and supervision by a hosts of cardiologists, surgeons, nurses, a neurologist, as well as my primary care physician, In the summer of 2016, I was taken to the ER and it was discovered I had gallstones. After the surgery, I was told that I had Thyroid Cancer, and in the Fall of 2016, I became a cancer survivor.
There are many things that I have done to survive and my passion is sharing my journey of health and wellness with others so they might avoid what I've gone through.