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Shine A Light

To quote the band Banners, “Light will lead the way, will set you free.”

Today I just got a bit of light back in my life ✨

I met with my doctor and she has agreed to be primary care physician and to continue monitoring my condition. She was the same doctor who looked at my ECG that the practice manager I saw previously scoffed at, and said “you need to go to hospital—today”.

She won my heart just a little more when I told her the hospital was struggling to get me booked in for a CT scan so one of the doctors started suggesting my problems might be mental… she gave the biggest eye roll, they almost did a 360.

So, Doctor Sarah, this light is for you from this grateful patient, whose shook faith in humanity you have helped to begin restore.

May there be many more like you—our community sorely needs it ❤️‍🩹

#Hope #WhereHopeGrows #HeartConditions #HeartCondition #Arrhythmia #PatientAndDoctorExperiences #MightyMoment #MyalgicEncephalomyelitis #ChronicFatigue

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Day 6 from the hospital #Depression #Anxiety #PTSD #Relationships #MentalHealth #Hope #OpenHeartSurgery

Day 5 of post surgery.

I want to try and discern ideas and tips share them with you. I can’t focus solely on being detached from the recovery journey but I don’t want to waste any opportunities to share.

I was warned that around day 5 that the “cardiac blues” would arrive. And they have. I am pretty teary today. I am in a lot of pain but fortunately the heart arrhythmia is starting to settle down. I was surprised to hear concern about my weight. I am 2 kilos heavier than pre-surgery. It certainly nothing to do with my eating as I am eating only 5 spoonfuls of food at meal time. It seems fluid retention is the issue.

What I have learnt on this journey so fa?

1. Ask for help. Doctors and nurses are great at knowing what the typical symptoms and recovery is but if we don’t speak up they are somewhat flying bad.

2. Ask questions. I have been scheduled so many new and additional drugs. Knowing what I am taking and why I need it helps me understand the process much more.

3. Don’t judge the journey on an hourly basis. The change and healing can be subtle but when you compare the days you realise that progress is happening, just not as quick or seamless as I would like.

4. Don’t discount the link between our psychology and physiology. The two are so intertwined. Both need to be cared for and demand equal attention.

I am holding my heart pillow. The pillow is essential for holding against your chest when standing up or sitting down. I have been getting the nurses, doctors, porters and cleaners to sign their names. I want to have a permanent record of the names of these people who have cared for me and ensured the surgery succeeds.

The encouragement and support from the Mighty has been incredibly comforting and appreciated.


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Hi, my name is Notsafeanymore. I'm here because panic attacks have took control of my life since I've had covid and with the grief of losing my father to leukaemia. Chest discomfort everyday and night, constant thinking there is somtwrong with my heart because I got arrhythmia after covid and the loss of my father. Got beta blockers, stopped the arrhythmia but now I'm stuck in limbo with weird chest pain that has brought on terrible stomach throwing up, arm tingling, teeth numbing, muscle spasm, sore head, weird sensations that have me disconnected from reality that I don't feel safe anywhere anymore with these panic attacks. Started to plan for my funeral just incase there is something wrong. Doctors appointment in the morning. Wish me luck. David.

#MightyTogether #Anxiety #Depression #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #Grief


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Hi, my name is Pheonix8. I’m new to The Mighty and look forward to sharing my story.

I am a 60 year old woman. I am in a domestic relationship. I have 2 grown children, 2 grandchildren and 3 fur grand children.

I have always been a change I very difficult for me.

Now my higher power (God), has a different road he wants me to travel.

In 1998, I was diagnosed with multiple Sclerosis.

In 2001, I finally left a 15 year abusive marriage.

In 2011, I survived throat cancer.

In 2013 was terminated from a 22 year medical manufacturing career, because I extinguished 22 weeks of STD.

In 2017 I left my children to "help" my 80 year old mother and her 2nd husband to be thrown out of their house in the dead of winter 1 week before Thanksgiving. We left everything because everything they had we were supposed to inherit. So at 55 years of age, we are starting over.

In March of 2020 I survived a widow makers heart attack.

In June, 2020 I had a double bypass with complications.

In December 2020 was hospitalized with arrhythmia.

In January 2022, I tested positive for COVID, can't imagine what it would have been like without the vaccinations.

I know I have more to give I am still searching for what that might be.

Then I met a wonderful lady who is very much into living in the NOW, and has found and embraces her inner child

She keeps telling me it is I side me but I have no idea on how to even begin searching. She is truly amazing and I need what she has found.





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My Furry Friend EDS POTS Depression

This is my girl, Ruby. She is like my spirit animal. I have hypermobile EDS, POTS, MCAS, raynauds, major depressive disorder, anxiety, chronic migraines, etc... She has an arrhythmia/tachycardia, doggie raynauds in her mouth, anxiety, ulcerative colitis, allergic reactions, and is hypermobile. She will literally have a flare of something when I do and she never leaves my side. I hate that she has health issues but she is the sweetest, happiest and most loyal dog ever!