Monday, June 20, 2011
I’ve had a bad heart for most of my adult life. I was on my second pacemaker/defibrillator when things started to go downhill rather quickly. In total I collapsed five times. Each time, my defibrillator kicked in and shocked me back to life. Finally, after 15 years of care, my cardiologist told me my heart was failing. After weeks of testing, it was determined that I needed a heart transplant — and soon. I had perhaps one year, or less, to live. Six weeks into the program, I got the call that they had found a heart that was a perfect match.