• Need to Chill

    Asked by Lorie on Sunday, July 12, 2020

    Need to Chill

    A few months ago I had an echogram which showed some heart issues. Been through several tests and my aortic valve needs to be replaced. I've been told it's possible that radiation caused it. The surgeon should be calling tomorrow to tell me whether I need to have open heart surgery or a less invasive procedure called TAVR which they can do with a catheter through the artery. Big difference.

    Also have my 5 year appt for mammogram on Thurs.

    Have only told one friend how I feel about it Even then, I put on a stronger face. So. I just needed to say it here and say how scared and fragile I feel.
    Lorie

    15 Answers from the Community

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    • legaljen1969's Avatar
      legaljen1969

      Wow Lorie, that’s a lot to go through and process. I hope you are able to have these issues resolved in the least invasive, but most effective, way possible. I hope your mammogram goes well and doesn’t reveal anything concerning.
      We are all here to read/listen and try to help you process it all.

      23 days ago
    • Molly72's Avatar
      Molly72

      Occasionally I read here where a bout with cancer leads to other medical issues such as heart problems, arthritis, pulmonary problems and the such.
      So Lorie, many of us here have had similar issues, and sympathize with you. Chin up & face yet another "What's Next"! You will be brave & strong and get thru this. Keep us informed.

      23 days ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      Praying for you, Lorie!! I hope the simpler procedure will work to fix the issue.

      Also praying you get excellent results from the mammogram.

      23 days ago
    • meyati's Avatar
      meyati

      Boy O boy-- when it rains it pours. My heart goes out to you, so much at once. It's easy for me to say, one step at a time, and fully focus on that- compartmentalize. Take a deep breath, but you know what? I'm not the one going through all of that.

      I believe in prayer, and I know that it has helped me. So other than saying things- I'm hoping and praying for you.

      22 days ago
    • beachbum5817's Avatar
      beachbum5817

      I am so sorry that you have to deal with all of this during this already difficult time. I hope you find out that your heart issue can be done as non-invasively as possible. Also, good luck with your mammogram. Let us know how it all goes. Take care.

      22 days ago
    • MLT's Avatar
      MLT

      Sure hoping you can get the less invasive procedure!! We are here to support you!

      22 days ago
    • centered1's Avatar
      centered1

      praying for peace and an easy solution

      22 days ago
    • TerriL's Avatar
      TerriL

      I'm so sorry you are having to deal with this. Like going through the cancer and radiation wasn't enough. Praying for an easier procedure. Stay strong, my friend! You can and will get through this.

      22 days ago
    • 2943's Avatar
      2943

      IF ( and it is big if) you need the surgery and they say the invasive, open procedure...you may want to seek a second opinion. I faced the idea of invasive, open lung surgery so I do understand dread, panic, etc. In my case, immunotherapy took out the reason and we were able to cancel. Believe me my thoracic surgeon knew I did not want it and he was relieved when he could cancel. There is nothing fun about this. We are here for you. You can do this! Hugs!!

      22 days ago
    • andreacha's Avatar
      andreacha

      This coming from a person who had to have heart bypass surgery before they could remove diseased kidney, I pray that you are able to have the least invasive procedure for your condition. I have a strong feeling that you'll Ace the mammogram as well. Thoughts and prayers going your way.

      21 days ago
    • Bug's Avatar
      Bug

      As meyati said - when it rains it pours. Feeling scared and fragile? Heck yeah. Who wouldn't? You can do this. You *really* can. One thing at a time (again I'm channeling meyati). Very best wishes for the least invasive and best options possible. Let us know what's what. And good luck on Thursday. Let us know about that, too. Your WhatNext friends will be with you in spirit.

      20 days ago
    • Lynne-I-Am's Avatar
      Lynne-I-Am

      Lorie, I too am sorry you are having additional medical problems to overcome but thankful the echocardiogram showed an issue that can be repaired. When you have more clarification about exactly which procedure you are having , I encourage you to open up with chosen friends or/and family members about what you are going through both emotionally and physically - tell it like it is- your true feelings. We are all stronger with strong support. Adding my wishes for a clear mammogram on Thursday and a hug. Also , congratulations 5yr. Survivor.

      20 days ago
    • Lorie's Avatar
      Lorie

      Thanks to everyone for your thoughts and good wishes. Mammogram clear. One down and heart surgeon appt Wed.
      Lorie

      16 days ago
    • meyati's Avatar
      meyati

      Way to go Lorie. I'm so glad this is behind you. You just had too much going on, and you did well handling it. Good luck for step 2.

      16 days ago
    • beachbum5817's Avatar
      beachbum5817

      @Lorie, that is great news about your mammogram. I know that is a big relief for you. I will keep you in my prayers about your meeting with the heart surgeon. Keep us posted.

      16 days ago

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