Monday, April 21, 2008

Heart Attack Survivor Stories


Stories are medicine. They have such power; they do not require that we do, be, act anything —we need only listen.

Clarissa Pinkola Estes


Everyone who survives a bear attack has a story to tell, and it is usually in the newspapers. Any time a shark attacks, it is in the headlines. Where are all the heart attack survival stories?

Deep within the bowels of Google, way past the first index pages, it is possible to find some links to stories about people who have survived heart attacks. They are listed at the end of this blog.

(It is even harder to find stories about the years after the heart attack, how the heart attack changed people's lives -- or didn't change them. Why is heart attack a wake-up call for some people, while others keep smoking and don't change anything?)

If you know of other heart attack surivial stories on the Web, please let me know and I will provide the links on this blog.

If you have a story to tell about a heart attack or how it changed your life, send it to me and it will be published on the website.

It is important to tell the story.

Links to Heart Attack Survivor Stories:

A thirty seven year old women, badly misdiagnosed, well written


The author's story


Alice Engel Levinson, A clinical psychologist and fiber artist

Numerous Stories about people undergoing heart surgery:

Excellent website


A man with a heart attack and a blog

Three first person essays of women who had heart attacks


A thirty-nine year old English teacher, just after having had a child


A man in the right place at the right time


A seventy year old woman who started perspiring heavily

A fifty-eight year old playing hockey saved by a defibrillator

A video-cast about using new equipment for cardiac emegencies for a hockey player collapsing after a game.


Corporate executive feeling pain and discomfort throughout his body


Forty-five year old woman with a sharp pain in her right shoulder


A woman with an "awful feeling of indigestion"


Forty-three year old goes to three hospitals before they figure it out


Picture credit

Clarissa Pinkola Estes