1. Wow. Lori, I had no idea symptoms had appeared that long ago. I learn much from your writings…not just about your illness, but about God, unwavering faith, and what that looks like when detoured. Thank you for sharing yourself with so many. Much love and admiration,

    1. I had no idea, either. I wish I had. Life always makes so much more sense in retrospect! Thank you for your kind words and faithful reading. You and Scott have always been faith giants to Dell and I, and we love hearing from you.

  2. Hard to hear this, Lori, makes me sad. But so glad that you’ve made the best of this journey.

    1. I hope by sharing it, someone else recognizes the symptoms earlier. It is a sneaky condition.

  3. Lori I had no idea how long you have struggled with this – hindsight is 20/20 right? I’m so glad you are here to tell your story! You are an inspiration! ❤❤❤

    1. Thank you, Sherri. I love hearing from you! I had no idea all those years, either. I honestly thought I was just growing older. I hope this reaches someone who might be able to recognize the symptoms sooner than I did.

  4. Oh my gosh… what a story! I had no idea the “whispers of something wrong” had been gnawing at you for so long!!!! Looking forward to Part two!

    1. Thanks, sweet Donna! One of the many times I should have listened to my husband. I think I was a little afraid to know, too.

  5. Lori, I am always behind in my reading but I do get to read them,. This is exactly what I would have done and do now, I blame everything and anything on being overweight. . Am going to read part 2 now.
    You are such a good writer and I have learned so much reading your blog

    1. Thank you, Nancy. It’s so much easier to see things in hindsight. I had no idea but I should have been more proactive. I hope others can learn from my experience. Great to hear from you!

  6. Lori,

    I ran across your amazing story this morning. I am also a heart recipient of 16 years, 4 months and 11 days @ Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland Ohio. Thank you for your words.I’m not as eloquent as you are, but I’ve written own blog for over 14 years!

    I have volunteered @ CCF (Cleveland) since 2008, minus about 28 months as the pandemic wouldn’t allow to participate.

    So nice to “meet” you!

    1. Hi Don! Thanks for reaching out. So grateful to meet another heart patient, especially one connected to Cleveland Clinic. (My cardiologist there wrote the Foreword to my book.) I will be checking out your blog. Take care!

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