I will decide August 31, 2016 with Dr. What my odds are of making it through surgery at this time.
My ordeal began May of 2009 however, I was not aware how sick I truly was because August 2009 had a stroke which was great outcome once 2 stents were put in.
Moved to the beach to recover and seemingly I was. While at the beach, I started having difficulty choking added with Vertigo decided to head to Illinois to get my pets and begin life.
Upon my arrival in Illinois the father of my children went to hospital only to find he was in stage 4 of lung cancer so I put life on hold to care for him.
I was not feeling well but kept pushing. He passed June 7, 2010 which allowed me to go to Drs to evaluate my own health. November 4, 2010 I had thyroid cancer removed so another recovery!
Being released in August 2011 I headed back to NC
Living 2,700 feet on World Edge had the beauty many never get to view. Above the everyday world, I got lost in the beauty of the wild.
At this point I was being treated for high blood pressure which stabilized, I'm pretty sure due to the peaceful setting.
Walking the mountains, climbing waterfalls and up and down terrain left me tired. I thought it was due to weight gain from all I had endured past few years so did not question it.
I mentioned it to my dr as well as telling him my heart was fluttering more than usual. Born with a heart murmur he advised me to slow down on walking inclines.
Skip to May 2014 my health worsened going into kidney failure. My dr began a battery of tests such as Lyme Disease etc. July 2014 rushed to ER to find I had a serious heart issue so off to a specialist.
Because I had a very serious bacterial infection my heart issue was put on back burner. The recovery had me so exhausted I was overjoyed to be home and slid back into life.
May 2015 I thought I had the flu so just kept waiting for it to be over. Well that did not happen.
About 3am I awoke as if someone was suffocating me, more like trapped in a giant ziplock bag! I jumped out of bed running outside to capture some fresh air, that did not happen so I dropped on my knees and begged my Lord to salvage my life; life just made the biggest change ever!
Over the next week I did not have that feeling again so I told myself I worked myself into some sort of a panic attack, not.
I had a Drs appointment at which time he asked me if I was having any changes with chest pain, I did say no because I was so use to the fluttering in my heart that it was not a change for me.
My sister had phoned one day not long after and said I didn't sound very good. Yes I've been fighting the flu it just won't go away. Next thing I know, my neighbors below the mountain are breaking my door down. (Scary)
I was just sleeping deeply, at least that's my reasoning. A few weeks later my daughter who lives in Hawaii is in my house packing me up and back to Illinois!
July 20, 2015 I arrive and rushed to hospital July 21, 2015 and bedridden!
I have 3 bad valves! My heart stops 27 times per hour for 43 seconds! Now I'm getting scared!
Dr. Shay is a wonderful heart doctor who does not mix his words!
As I stood before him with my family, he said, " you are very ill and not strong enough to make it through surgery, not even on life support!"
I felt faint as the nurse caught me! He said to my daughter your mother can die in her next sentence but she has to get stronger!
Unfortunately, being a resident of North Carolina and being in Illinois, forced insurance changes prolonging my care and new doctors!
Dr. Tahir Ilahi specializes in Cardiovascular Disease treating heart disease, congenital heart defects, coronary artery disease, heart rhythm and heart failure with Aortic Valve specialist top of his lists in USNEWS.
My first visit with him, he held my hand and I knew I could trust him to hold my heart!
Aortic Stenosis usually means one valve or the other has a problem, in my case It is 3 valves not functioning.
At age 62, prior smoker, 1 lung and gained weight over past 18 months and 3 days out from making decisions I'm a mental mess!
Here's how each of you can help me at this time.
Prayer above all!
I need each to give me honest insight to the tissue or mechanical?
I've read almost every story on here and with each having different outcomes, I'm a bit shaky!
I'm happy to have this site that gives hope and journeys to the unknown.
Thank you for being a heartfelt friend and may God bless each of you with wonderful recoveries!
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