Grateful and blessed. For me, those words sum up 2013. Grateful that my heart disease was discovered and blessed to have the opportunity to do something about it.
I started the year learning about my three badly blocked coronary arteries and ended it running two 5Ks in the fall. In between, some top-notch heart work at one of the best facilities in the Midwest. (Thank you, Dr. Adam Stys/Sanford Heart.) Along the way, a realization of the need for better physical fitness, life balance and wellness.
What did I come to realize? Here are a few:
- Move. Walk, bike, jog, swim. Whatever the mode, just move more.
- Fresh vegetables. Eat more of them.
- Drink more water every day.
- Speaking of drinking, a glass of red wine a day is OK.
- Make time to exercise regularly at least a few times a week. Don’t skip it.
- Family and faith matter most.
- Don’t let stupid stuff stress you unnecessarily.
And so, here is to 2014 and continuation of a heartfelt journey.
Today was my six-week follow-up appointment at Sanford Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls. All good. Six weeks ago, Dr. Adam Stys put four stents in my three main coronary arteries, opening up the 90 percent blockages in each. Today, I had my follow-up with Dr. Marie Stys, Dr. Adam’s wife. Now that’s a cardio couple with heart-healing clout.
Almost 4 weeks since 4 stents and we are hiking at 8,500 ft. in Rocky Mountain National Park. Beautiful Cascade Falls near Grand Lake, Colo.