How To Find Support Groups For Heart Attack Survivors

As a heart attack survivor, I understand the struggle of finding support groups for emotional support. While there are some online groups available, I have found it difficult to find face-to-face support. I recall a podcast interview I had with a heart attack awareness advocate who shared how she felt alone and had no one […]

Heart Attack Survivor Does Polar Plunge in Extreme Cold

heart attack survivor at polar plunge minnesota 2023

It was 4 degrees outside when I took part in the 2023 Polar Plunge to raise money for the Minnesota Special Olympics.That’s incredibly cold. It’s extremely cold when you’re wearing a full set of layered clothing; even worse when you’re wearing a t-shirt, swimming trunks and a pair of tennis shoes while waiting your turn […]

Damar Hamlin’s Cardiac Arrest: Recovery From A Heart Attack Survivor’s Perspective

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Everyone who loves football is aware of Damar Hamlin’s collapse on the field during the Monday Night Football game between the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals because of a cardiac arrest. What he’s going through sounds somewhat similar to what I went through. I am a heart attack and TBI (traumatic brain injury) survivor. This […]

What Is Cardiac Rehab?

What is Cardiac Rehab

Cardiac rehab was my first step to recovery after leaving the hospital. It was very beneficial. This article includes a description of what I went through during my cardiac rehab sessions. I have a YouTube channel called “Manage Your Damage” where I talk about my recovery and living with a damaged heart and brain. Please […]

The Boy Who Couldn’t Kick A Ball

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I coached recreational league youth soccer for a decade. The goal of the league was to teach kids how to play soccer, have fun, participate , and develop life skills, such as teamwork. Kids develop at uneven levels. Some are much more coordinated than others by age seven. Others will catch up later. Some, like […]