Heart healthy

Joseph Hewitt
Tell us about your (or your loved one's) recovery journey. What has been the most rewarding part?

I suffered for 17 years using drugs with the last eight being due to opiates. I now have two years sober but my story didn’t stop there cause at the age of 26 I found out about a heart condition I had which progresses to get worse. I did use even more to hide it like it wasn’t there but when I finally got sober I found myself in and out of hospital. Getting a pacemaker and defibrillator at 60 days sober. A month later it shocked me six times which saved my life. A few months after that I finally got the answer to what was wrong with my heart. I thought it was drug use but turns out it was something I inherited. There was no cure and the only cure was a heart transplant. My life shattered and I thought using to die would help me but in reality it wouldn’t solve anything. So for the next year I spent so much time getting surgeries and tests and meds to try to keep me going--until April 25th I landed myself in the hospital after a procedure showed my pressure was too low. The process started for me. I went through a lot more surgeries and eventually needed a pump to keep my heart going. My organs were shutting down if they didn’t do that. I was dying. I had people bring meetings to the hospital for me which was amazing! Na is a life saver! Come May 25th I received a new heart. I went through a lot of pain and had to learn how to walk again and breath. It was really tough but I got through it. It was a gift and I was very lucky to get one as quick as I did. I felt normal again and the fight was somewhat over. Today I stand tall with over two years sober. I fought through two battles and yet still stayed strong. I want people to know my story cause I know people use just over feelings and this could save lives. I’ve saved so many people with my story and only want to inspire others.

Do you have a message for the Shatterproof community?

Strong no matter what the situation is. It’s not worth using at all!!