November 20th, 2009, should have been the best day of my life. Instead it turned out to be the best and worst day of my life. This is the day I gave birth to my beautiful daughter. I was talking to my mother about my contractions during labor and the next thing I know my life changed in a blink of an eye.
I had several doctors and nurses rush into my room poking at me with needles and x-ray machines because my blood pressure and heart rate became dangerously high. My OBGYN told me he had to emergency cesarean to get my baby out so I would survive. I was rushed away for surgery and after my daughter was born I found out I went into congestive heart failure during labor and was diagnosed with postpartum cardiomyopathy.
A cardiologist came into my ICU room where I was taken after the cesarean and told me that if I go on a low-sodium diet, complete cardiac rehab all within six months I should be able to live a normal healthy life. During those six months of trying to recover I was in and out of the emergency room, the cardiac ward at the hospital, and had several episodes where my blood pressure was too low from my medication that I couldn't even get out of bed. Since I was getting worse and not getting better my cardiologist told me I will be on medication the rest of my life, and I no longer will be able to carry another child due to the weakness of my heart. Today, I am a passionate survivor and a fighter of the No. 1 killer in women, heart disease.
A inspiring story of survival. Thank you for sharing.