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