Heart Matters Blogimony: Pastor Michele's story...

In honor of my Momma and Heart Health Awareness month, I am featuring the testimonies (aka blogimonies) of women who have faced and over-come heart conditions. Most of these women talk about the importance of being aware of how your body feels and getting medical attention as soon as possible when something seems wrong or unusual. 

Today's blogimony is from Pastor Michele (aka Pastor Chele). When I heard her story, I was shocked and glad that she made it through. After doing a bit of research, I learned how unusual her situation was. Her story of grace and survival is inspirational. I am honored to share it here...

Pastor Chele:
"22 yrs ago while 7-months pregnant I got up to leave the kitchen table and passed out. (This had happened before when I was 18 but because of the life style I was living I didn't pay it any mind). I was rushed to the hospital and because I was a woman and not a man they only checked the baby out and ran some basic tests. They diagnosed me with Mitro Valve Prolapse. For 10 years I took medication (an antibiotic) when going to the dentist, etc...until I woke up in the middle of the night unable to move the left side of my body-paralyzed. I didn't know what to do, so I just prayed until I fell back asleep. Needless to say I was sitting in the Dr.'s office the next day. The doctor just so happened to be a Cardiologist. I told him what happened and that I had MVP. He listened to me and then to my heart. He immediately said I didn't have MVP. He did an EKG and EEG; within 45 minutes I was diagnosed with  Wolff–Parkinson–White syndrome (WPW). I was given two treatment options: pace maker or a catheter-based procedure, known as ablation. I later spoke to several women who had never played sports, had aborted their baby's and basically didn't live a full life because of the same disease. I was a walking miracle!!! I ran long distance track, danced-tap, ballet and  did gymnastics. I did several kinds of drugs and eventually had 3 healthy beautiful baby's naturally. The doctors said I should have been dead, BUT GOD!!!"

Pastor Chele's condition could have turned out differently. Her awareness of her own health history and willingness to talk with the doctor helped the doctor diagnose this heart condition. Knowing our bodies well enough to seek help when something is wrong is key to our survival and longevity. This is all part of taking care of ourselves. 

Don't let ignorance be your excuse. 
To learn more about about Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome, visit the National Institute of Health website: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000151.htm. 

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