Why? Why am I so lazy?

by centers8 on August 9, 2017

Volunteering–giving back to the community is one of my passions.

I have not, for some time now, actively participated in any volunteer organizations. I don’t feel good about about my lack of enthusiasm. I’m lazy. Finishing projects is a struggle. I feel guilty and shame for being a lazy human being but I have resigned myself to it. Then August 4, 5 and 6th, 2017, I attended the Get in Rhythm, Stay in Rhythm Conference in Dallas, Tx. and my whole perspective Changed.

I’m not lazy. What I feel is extreme fatigue. It is a symptom of Atrial fibrillation (afib).  Afib is a quivering or irregular heartbeat.   It is characterized by heart palpitations, and shortness of breath. It is a progressive and debilitating disease that can lead to stroke, heart failure and Alzheimer’s disease and doubles our risk of death.  Scary.

Afib takes a physical and emotional toll on those living with it and it also takes a toll on the patient’s family. Before the conference I felt like I was waiting for the other shoe to drop. Anxiety and fear of the unknown kept me from activities that I enjoy. An episode leaves me feeling weak, dizzy, nauseous, lightheaded and extremely exhausted. After an episode it is normal for me to sleep 2-3 hours.

Afib is often considered to be a minor health issue and this was my case. I felt alone, and misunderstood. Have you noticed symptoms abscond when they see a white coat. Through many tests my doctor knew I had a problem but he seemed to take it lightly.

It is my hope to make you aware of how risky and life-threatening afib is.  Afib overworks the heart and after a prolonged period will cause heart failure.

By attending the Afib patient conference I empowered myself. I learned I can control and manage afib so it doesn’t rule my life.

Meet me here in a couple of weeks.  I will continue to bring  abif awareness. Age contributes to afib. As Baby Boomers age we can expect to see the afib epidemic worsen.

I have a new passion–providing information and support to those living with Atrial fibrillation. Watch for the next posting on Facebook.

 

 

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