Heart Attack – Plus 9 Years

“Except for the occasional heart attack, I’ve never felt better.”

~ Dick Cheney

Nine years ago today, I had a heart attack that would start me down a path …… well, actually the heart attack was more like I was propelled off of a cliff. I landed at the bottom of that cliff twenty-eight days later. During that free-fall, I would have a triple by-pass, would flatline over a hundred times and shocked back to life just as many times, two hospitals, a helicopter ride, have Lord only knows how many tests, would be given a new chance at life through a heart transplant, spend a week in the ICU,  5 days of which hooked up to life support (aka ECMO), another week on a nursing floor before being released.

I came home 35 pounds lighter …… a completely broken man!

But, as I look back over the last nine years …… and I’m going to write something that might sound completely insane ….. I am GLAD all of that happened. I’ve got to live an additional 3,275 days …. I have met so many very incredible people on this journey …… I’ve gotten to watch my family grow ….. I’ve grown up with my 2 grand kiddos …. I live life and have so many people touch me in positive ways, almost daily.

It’s been God’s plan for me …… and I am THANKFUL!!



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 Heart Attack – Plus 9 Years

  1. Ms. A says:

    I still remember the first time I read your story and feeling gobsmacked and amazed! You are one amazing man!

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