The Day Before


“The day before your whole life changes forever, it’s just like any other day.”

I heard the above quote somewhere, TV perhaps, the other day and it is true. When I think back at how my life changed so quickly and dramatically after my heart attack and subsequent heart transplant, I think about the day it started, the moments, the flashbacks of that point in time. Paramedics, ambulance, ER ……..

But, what about the day BEFORE? I don’t remember a lot, because it was like any other day. I remember the day before being a Friday. The weather was dreary and cool. I remember walking 17 miles that day (I had worn a pedometer for years) in the factory. It had been a HIGH stress week and I remember I was looking forward to a full 2 day weekend, which was a rare event. Being that it was a Friday, I was exhausted that evening, but that was fairly normal.

There wasn’t a lot else that I remember. Can’t tell you where I had dinner … home or a restaurant …. can’t tell what we might have watched on TV, can’t tell you who I had spoken to that day …. can’t tell you much of anything. Those memories and details escape me.

Gone forever, I suppose.

But my life did change forever that next day. Never set foot back in the place where I had worked for 38+ years. Never worked again. Retired. Lost some friends, but gained a lot of amazing new friends. Medications, insurance, doctors appointments and the like were added to my life. I think my attitude changed as well to a more positive outlook.

Am I sad that my life changed …. at times, yes. But when I really look at my life today and the people I have met on this journey, and those that have stayed with me for the ride, or have joined me along the way I am no longer sad. I embrace and love life ….. I don’t want to have, “any other days” again. I want then all to be amazing!!

I’m simply GLAD TO BE ALIVE!

The day before my whole life changed forever ….. it truly was like any other day!

“Today … just like any other day … is a GOOD day … to celebrate all the little things in life ….. to love, to give, to be thankful …… for we know not what tomorrow brings”

About DAP

I am a heart transplant recipient and these are my stories and thoughts. My desire is to assist others pre or post heart transplant in anyway possible. Please feel free to contact me if you have a question.
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1 Response to The Day Before

  1. Nathalie says:

    That quote is from Switched at birth

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