I was a 37 year old female who was pregnant. During labor the baby’s heart rate had dropped and an emergency C section performed. I thought the worst was over. When i went home to enjoy life with my daughter, 5 days later i experienced a very sharp pain in my upper back and then became unable to breathe. I thought it… was complications from the c-section but i was rushed to the hospital to find out that I have Type b Aortic Dissection which thankfully is being controlled with meds so far.

I get a Ct Scan every 6 months and for the past 4 years the tear has remained stable but the anxiety each day and especially before each scan is unnerving. The Dissection did cause the shut down of part of my liver which is now Fibrotic but i am glad to still be here. I go on the internet daily to see if there are any better prognosis but it seems this condition is so rare that only 40% survive past ten years and I am so thankful to be alive but want to at least see my daughter turn 18.

I hope there will be more advances real soon to give us survivors long term hope. thanks for having a group. It was helpful reading other stories of survival.

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