Heart Ablation

I’ve prided myself in overcoming many obstacles in my life, always looking to the bright side, picking myself up, dusting myself off and going at it again. I’ve never given up, no matter how hard the road became, no matter how scary the road became.

I remember many a times when I was going through difficult times, my mom would tell me, “We can do this.” and we always did. We always persevered. That’s been a saying between my Mom and me ever since, and I always believe her. There truly isn’t anything I can’t overcome.

At the age of 9 I developed a heart condition that had Doctors stumped, there was no cure at that time. I was put onto medications made for elderly heart patients. I had what is know as AV Nodal Re-entry Tachycardia with an extra passageway on the side. Essentially my heart would beat in excess of 300 beats per minute causing me to become dizzy and occasionally pass out. I spent 6 years in and out of the Doctors office, Electrophysiology studies every six months which entailed having catheters put into my heart through my groin and neck and electricity to cause a tachycardia to determine the cause of this issue. Blood draws once a week to test the medications I was on, which changed weekly….until finally at the age of 15 I was told that I had 3 choices, open heart surgery, a pace maker or an experimental procedure that had not been perfected yet and was only done in 3 parts of the world….one being the University of California at San Francisco. We opted for the experimental procedure. It seemed the least invasive.

Unbeknownst to me, my Doctors told my Mom at the rate my heart was growing and being effected by these “Episodes’ as I called them, I wouldn’t live to see 21 years old. She thought she was saving me from fear by not telling me until much later, but I was angry when I found out. I felt as though I may have fought harder knowing this and could also help her to ease her fear as well. We were a team, as she said, “We can do this.” I felt for that moment she had left me out of the team, I felt bad for her having to deal with this fact alone and she was in fear for my life.

My trip to San Francisco was a success, I was the 4th cure out of 7 patients in the world and the first patient to have radio waves used to create scar tissue in the extra passage way, preventing my heart from going into tachycardia. We indeed did do it and my life could once again go back to whatever most people consider normal.

Today, Heart Ablation is an outpatient procedure performed all over the world with such a high success rate… I feel good knowing that I had a small part in that.

~Spread your Wings


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