by Brian Tinsley on December 3, 2015 · 0 comments

in Aortic Dissection,Ascending/Descending,Forties,Personal Stories

Age at time of Dissection: 47
Type of Dissection: Both Ascending and Descending
Date of Aortic Dissection: 6 July 2012
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I am a wife and mother of two boys. On July 6, 2012 I woke up with a radiating stabbing pain and thought I was having a heart attack. I have suffered with acute hypertension most of my life and was on medication at the time. I was rushed to the local emergency room and thank God the emergency room doctor ordered a sonogram. I was then told to get my family members to the er.

To make a long story short, I was experiencing an aortic dissection from the top to almost the bottom of my aorta. I was then put on a helicopter and flown to the University of Pennsylvania. After about two weeks there, I was sent home. A week later my blood pressure was still out of control and I was once again flown to the University of Pennsylvania.

Two surgeries were performed. Corodic bypass and the next day my aorta was coiled inside. I have to see a cardiologist every three months for the rest of my life, however long that may be. I currently have no medical insuranc e and have been denied disability by the State of NJ and am now on appeal.

I need information to make the Department of Disability realize that I am not “fixed” and how serious of a condition this is. I do not feel sorry for myself and rarely mention my condition to people. I try to live each day like its my last. I was told by my surgeons to “change my lifestyle” and absolutely “no stress”. Can you help with info.

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