My Broken Heart

After my surgery I started having difficulties with my heart.  At first I ignored it. I thought it was side effects from the pain killers.   Then there was the night that I thought I might not ever wake up again.  I didn’t have chest pain that night.  I had a strange pressure that wouldn’t quit.  And I felt weak and nauseous.  I stopped the pain killers that moment.  I was sure they were too strong for me.

But the pressure never went away.

In fact, weeks later it was worse.  And my body was bloating something awful.   I couldn’t see my ankles anymore.  My face felt puffy.  My hands were puffy.  And I was always short of breath and always, always exhausted.  Now you’d think that after watching a few of my friends go through having heart attacks last year that I’d go rush in to the hospital, but I didn’t.   I didn’t want to do what I knew they would want me to do.

I have been on and off of the Eat to Live plan over the past 7 years and I’ve read the books.  I know what the risks of having stents and taking statins are.  And I knew what I had to do to reverse what was going on, and reverse it naturally.  BUT…I did have a regularly scheduled check up, so I went.  And I was right.  My cholesterol is way up at 252.  My blood pressure was way up.  Doc wants me to go on statins and to do a barrage of other tests.

I came home and ordered Doctor Fuhrman’s book The End of Heart Disease, re-read Eat to Live (get it for as little as $1.99 on, and got to work.   As promised when you stick to the plan outlined there, within 4 days my body released 12 pounds of fluid and that chest pressure was greatly relieved.  Within 7 days the chest pain/pressure was completely gone.   It’s now been 14 days and I’m lighter physically and mentally.  My weight fluctuated back up a few pounds and then came back down again so I’m still hovering around 12 pounds off, but some of that is now fat.   I am down 19 inches.  7.5 of those from my stomach alone! And my blood pressure is down to 127/72 and still falling.   We will retest blood lipids and inflammatory markers in 4 weeks.

I’m telling you this because I have had such terrible guilt for neglecting all of you due to all my health issues recently, but also because I learned last night that another of my dear friends had a heart attack.  She’s not yet 50 years old.

I need to stress once again that you owe it to yourself to do a little research.  If you don’t like to read, at least watch this video:   I absolutely LOVE the book that goes with that.  It gets into greater detail on how to not die from the big 15, but also does a chapter on each type of recommended food.

Go on YouTube and search for Dr. Joel Fuhrman. Listen to this talks.  The worst that can happen is that you are better armed with information for the future.

This time I’m on a whole-food, plant-based eating plan for life.  Otherwise, my life might be shorter than I’d like, and I’ve got grandkids to watch grow up.   I’m also pairing back my over-committed world.   And I’m getting back to yoga, hiking, and meditation–things I’ve dearly missed due to lack of time.

Quality of life, not quantity of activity.   Enjoy the moments, savor them.  Don’t photograph them.  Focus on giving, not on earning.  So many wonderful things lie ahead if I just take care of myself.

So that’s what’s up with my world.  What’s happening in yours?


  1. I am so sorry you have been sick. I’m glad you are doing better. I have really enjoyed your web page. I will turn 60 in June and I need to do the same thing diet wise for the exact same reasons as you. I’ll check out the book. Once again thanks for all you do but please take care of yourself so you can enjoy those grandkids and family same as me.

  2. So glad you are feeling better but sorry to hear you will be leaving us. Take care and relax! That was my mother’s creed as a 1950’s housewife!

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