It's not a great anniversary really. I've been living with Congestive Heart Failure for a year now. The one year anniversary means a lot to me because when I was released from the hospital late last January one of the first things I did (after laying on my own bed surrounded by my kitties), was pull out the computer and look up all the info I could on CHF. There was a lot of information on the Mayo Clinic site, and I read about my disease there. I figured they were a lot more reliable than WebMD.
What I found out was that nearly 50% of newly diagnosed cases don't survive the first year. Now I know I'm way to young to even have this disease and most of those 50% are elderly. But HOLY SHIT! That's bad. I was going to link to the information, but I can't find it on the Mayo Clinic website now. The only thing that comes up is an article on WebMD and a couple of other sites, that says 90% of new cases die in the first year and 50% die in the first five years. So I guess I have another four years till I can really celebrate. (Thanks WebMD! Gah!)
I decided to start this blog because I need a place to share with friends and family. If you want to keep on checking in, please do. It's the best way I know of to share without broadcasting to all of
Facebook, and not bugging people who just don't want to bother with it
all. I might get a little whiny and dramatic - fair warning. I want to post the good that's going on too and I'll make sure it's a good balance of the two. I'm going to share what happened to me, how the whole CHF diagnosis came to be, how I got sick, what I'm dealing with now and all that.
So that's what happened last January... I was diagnosed with Chronic Heart Failure.
How was your year? Much better I hope!