Ironman / Thank You

Just wanted to say "thank you" to the folks on this forum. Especially you, Tracey_E! Many of you answered questions (read: fears) of mine and gave me a lot of hope during my initial hospitalizations and diagnosis of CHB early last year. Thank you for being so kind. Between my pacemaker placement last year (2020) and my Achilles rupture almost exactly a year prior, I wondered if my best days were already behind me at only 31 years of age. Well...I completed an Ironman triathlon this past weekend. So I guess this is A) thank you to all the folks who responded to my questions and encouraged me onward, and also the hundreds of previous posts that I scanned and learned so much from, and also B) a message of hope to those of you who are anxious or afraid of what this diagnosis means for your future (just put one foot in front of the other). Truly, the most pronounced change in my life is that I'm more grateful to wake up each morning. I get that my seemingly stable condition could change at any point, but I'm so thankful for where I am right here right now. All the best to you :-)



by Tracey_E - 2021-10-11 14:55:42

Way to go on the Ironman!!!! What a fabulous feat. Please post pictures in the gallery. 

There's no reason to think your heart isn't stable at this point. If you aren't already fully paced (most of us with CHB are), that's a normal progression and the pacer will step in automatically to fix it.  

What's up next?? 

(smiling ear to ear, posts like this make my day)

Such an uplifting message

by Gemita - 2021-10-11 15:05:23


I was so happy to read your message and to know that you are feeling so positive about what you have achieved with your little device.  "To be grateful to wake up each morning" is music to my ears.  I am glad we have all helped you in some small way, although the work has really been done by you alone, so well done.  Yes what is your next challenge?

I send my best wishes to you for your continued success


by Persephone - 2021-10-11 16:17:34

Wow - what an inspiring message - thank you so much for sharing.


by MinimeJer05 - 2021-10-11 18:47:35

These are probably my favorite posts to read. I love reading about members that came here with fear and hopelessness, only to turn things around and not only go back to normal, but to complete in an Ironman competition! 

That is seriously some awesome news. At this rate, nothing can stop you and your PM is just a confidence booster that I hope will continue to be reliable and helpful in your journey moving forward.

Thanks for sharing these words of encouragement and I wish you continued health and success.


Yay you!

by Shana - 2021-10-13 01:26:59

Congratulations and thank you for the inspiration. You rock!

What’s next

by Jdky - 2021-10-13 12:29:25

I am glad that this is encouraging.

As for what's next... the training took so much time and I'm happy to be done with that aspect. I am looking forward to lots more time with my family and sticking to shorter runs a few days a week. That may sound boring but I think that is really what's good for my "heart". Cheers to you all.


by Tulp - 2021-10-13 23:15:58

Good for you and thank you for posting this message.

May many newbies read you too.

Iron man... awesome!!

You know you're wired when...

You can proudly say you’re energy efficient.

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