Carol Odom-62

by Brian Tinsley on March 20, 2011 · 0 comments

in Ascending,Personal Stories,Sixties

Name: Carol Odom
Email: codom44@yahoo.com
Age at time of Dissection: 62
Type of Dissection: Ascending

Date of Aortic Dissection: 14 November 2006

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I was typing medical reports on my home computer like I did every weekday when I had the worst pain I have ever felt tearing across my upper stomach and eventually moving into my back. After a CT scan at the hospital ER, it was discovered a thoracic aortic aneurysm had dissected through 2 layers of the 4-layer side of the artery.

I had lost my health insurance and stopped all medical treatment including blood pressure medications. Because I was so light weight, I was not considered a candidate for surgery, so have been treated it by keeping my blood pressure under strict control and CT scan follow up every 3 months to start.


Lung cancer was identified on the CT scan a year later. This was treated with stereotactic laser treatment (a new therapy) at Stanford, it shrank and has been stable the last year.

I also suffer from oxygen-dependent, severe COPD. It is now 4-1/4 years later, and I am still kicking, just not too high.

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