Name: Alicia Rasmussen
Age at time of Dissection: 30
Type of Dissection: Both Ascending and Descending
Date of Aortic Dissection: 14 December 2013
Tell Us Your Story: My story begins somewhat like a cheesy horror movie.

It was Friday the 13, 2013 and I was enjoying my works Christmas party. With my candy cane stripped stocking and Elf shoes on, I had just finished dinner when it felt like someone had stabbed me in the chest. I went over to where my husband was and sat beside him, he asked what was wrong and when I told him my chest hurt he suggested it was nothing more than heart burn. As I had just finished a rich Christmas meal including a glass of red wine I agreed. So I sat there, took a Zantac and was sipping on a glass of water waiting for the pain to pass. After about 30 minutes with no change in pain I realized I needed to go to the hospital.

Once at the hospital I was lucky enough to have received medical attention right away. They found that I had an Aortic Dissection, all three stages, and I was rushed to a different hospital where I had emergency open heart surgery on the early hours of the morning of December 14, just 13 days before my 31st birthday.

I was released from the hospital just 6 days after surgery, which was fine by me as I felt home would be better. I got to spend the holidays, and my birthday, at home with my family, very lucky me.

The recovery has been strange to say the least. Most of my body is willing and more than able but my sternum is defiantly not. Now I am just playing the waiting game till I see my Surgeon and Cardiologist.

Oh this thing we call life.