A former business process analyst, about ten years ago I was diagnosed with a very severe idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy and had to accept an early retirement in order to focus on regaining my health. I spent the next year visiting a series of top-notch cardiologists, enduring medical test after medical test and being given different combinations of powerful heart medications. Then several more months were spent at a cardiac rehab center followed by a gradual, yet persistent, increase in exercise as I struggled to rebuild my strength and heart health. Finally, after more than three years of very close monitoring by the cardiologists and diligent effort on my part, my heart condition had stabilized and the doctors (and I) were confident that my heart was once again functioning normally.
To this day, I continue to succeed at maintaining normal heart function by taking care of myself – eating healthy, staying active, exercising regularly, living a stress-free lifestyle, always taking my prescribed heart medications and by staying in touch with the cardiologist for regular checkups and tests. I maintain a gym membership and workout several times each week utilizing the cardio equipment and circuit weight training areas. My real passion for getting exercise is outdoors though, so when the Pacific Northwest is NOT under a huge cloud cover and the rain is NOT coming down sideways, you will probably find me outside on a hiking trail anyway.
I also enjoy photography, dancing, bicycling, music, travel and much more than could possily be listed here . . .
In addition to More from – Really Rose, here is a list of my other blogs:
Sixty Before Sixty (Hikes Before Years) – a new blog for 2012.
Really Rose (Archives from 12/2007 through 07/2011)
Really Quilts (Archives from 2006 through 2008)