Category «Journey»

Heart Half-Marathon!

Happy Heart Month everyone! In honour of this month, I did something very special- on February 1st I ran my very first half-marathon! I actually did it! ASD closure was June 2018, and I ran my first half-marathon February 2021 with ease. I took it slowly but managed to run the whole way, with the …

Annual Echo

I had my annual echocardiogram at the beginning of the month, and on Thursday I had a follow-up (phone) appointment with my cardiologist. I’m happy to report that my echo looked great! No issues whatsoever. My cardiologist may order me a holter monitor test just to check on things, as I mentioned that my heart …

Covid-19 and the CHD Patient

If you’re interested in watching a webinar about covid-19 and CHD, the Adult Congenital Heart Association has a video posted on Vimeo, “Two Weeks Later: Covid-19 Update for the CHD Patient,” that is available for viewing.

Holter Monitors and ER Marathons

I got the Holter Monitor last week, as seen in the above image. I had it for the regular 24 hours, and I made sure to exercise, even though I had to force myself, so I could see how my heart responded to physical activity. I’ll be following up with the Internist, Dr. G., tomorrow, …

Welcome Fall

I’m back from the dead. Not really. I shouldn’t say that in the context of this blog! I just mean to say that I haven’t updated in quite some time. My health hasn’t been great lately, so I’ve been seeing specialist, after specialist to get to the bottom of things. Yesterday I saw an Internist. …

Heart Race- A Success!

My heart race was a success! On May 5th, I participated in the Vancouver BMO Marathon, completing the 8km race in 47 minutes and 35 seconds. I came in 97th out of 1634 other women running the 8km. It was a huge event with 18,000 people registered from 65 countries! (I really wanted to run …

Heart Race

I’ve been feeling so much better lately. My energy is improving all the time. No significant chest pain, and I’m recovering from workouts so much better than before. I can do a full hour on my elliptical relatively easily and feel completely fine the next day, as long as I have enough rest days. I …

Grateful Patient

I placed a heart on the Wall of Gratitude at Royal Columbian Hospital! It warmed my heart being able to give back. It was also more emotional than I expected! On the drive there I was getting teary, thinking back over the last year. So many tests, appointments, uncertainty, fear, but I’m so grateful to …

Six Months!

Today is my six-month heart anniversary. Six months ago today my ASD was closed via cardiac┬ácatheterization. It’s amazing to think back to those first few weeks, how sick and scared I felt, and compare them to now. I have so much more energy than I’ve ever had! I’ve moved over the last two weeks (mostly …