Angioplasty.org, The Need for an AAA-Stent Community, Family and Back In Training

Hi! Folks,

As I attempt to develop a community or forum for people with AAA-stents, I am encountering some very valuable resources, associated with which are kind and helpful people. For instance, Angioplasty.org, which I incorrectly referred to as Angioplasty.com in my previous post. Apologies to Burt, who has made a very relevant movie – I’ll tell you about it once it arrives in my mailbox and I get to watch it (got it, will watch it soon).

Angioplasty.org has kindly accepted the subject of AAA-stents as a forum topic at http://www.ptca.org/forumtopics/topic_AAA_stent_graft.html, It is one thing to invent a stent (see http://www.ptca.org/news/2008/0416_MEDTRONIC.html ) (mine is a Cook Zenith) another to insert it, and yet another to live with one for the rest of your life. I am just adjusting to the latter, which is is all about family and friends (and self-education). Here is another picture of myself, with Deb, just outside the transition area of the 2010 Lake Placid Ironman, 2 hours before race start, 2 weeks before I found my aneurysm, and only three weeks before I had my stent inserted.

Two months later we (Deb and I) are back running, getting ready for the Chez Ollie, and I am finally getting back on track training for the Lake Placid Ironman, 2011.

What are your goals fellow AAA-stent owners, I wonder?

-k Your Medical Mind

PS Many months after this post was written, I was informed of the AAA Awareness group on Facebook, thanks to a fellow AAA endurance athlete, Pauline. They have been great.

PHOTO – Deb and Kevin just before the LPIM 2010.

 

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Disclaimer: As a veterinarian, I do not provide medical advice for human animals. If you undertake or modify an exercise program, consult your medical advisors before doing so. Undertaking activities pursued by the author does not mean that he endorses your undertaking such activities, which is clearly your decision and responsibility. Be careful and sensible, please.