It was 4 years ago, the first week of April 2007, that I had a heart attack.
I met with my primary care doctor today for a routine exam and we chatted about the first time he ever saw me. I was well over 400 pounds at the time. I looked 15 years older and I was physically and mentally a complete mess. He commented that it seemed like a lifetime had flashed before his eyes with my on-going transformation.
It was a wonderful visit and the great lab results always make for a pleasant doctors visit.
To be honest, the events of April 2007 seem like a distant blur at times and at others bring me to my knees with how fortunate I was not to have died like so many others.
Any survivor of any chronic disease or catastrophe has probably asked themselves, “Why Me?” I know I certainly have and when I answer this question now I say, “Why Not Me?”
From the time I got out of college in 1985 until a couple years ago I had written a very impressive career resume from running multi-state retail divisions, instructing commercial sales training, teaching aerospace engineering, to work as a finance director.
In the last year and a half I’ve completely rewritten an already jammed resume. My bio in the last year and a half looks like it took 30 years to create. I’m as happy and healthy as I’ve ever been and doing exactly what I want to do. The people I meet each day inspire me to do things I’ve known I could do.
I love my life and everyone in it.
I guess my thought is that when you stand at the base of a mountain, the view is completely different from the top. I hope to reach the top one-day but I’m having a great time in the peaks and valleys.
Climb the mountain before you one step at a time and the rewards for a healthier life will get stronger and better with each step. – Keith