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Fitness and CHD

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

By Terran Lamp

Fitness has always been a huge part of my life! Not necessarily the easiest part, but I've made it fun and worth the challenge. Living with congenital heart disease, I can remember back to elementary school gym glass where I couldn't run as much as the other kids. I was always the last one to complete my laps—and what made it worse is no one really knew why.

The other kids had no idea I was living with CHD and had a pacemaker by the time I was in kindergarten. As much as I tried, I would never win the race.

Things were much of the same through middle school, trying to fit in fitness the best I could. By high school, I started to come into my own and joined the track team. Why? I still have no clue! But after that there was no looking back.

Today staying fit is a must for me. Following doctor’s clearances and orders of course, I've amazed myself at how my fitness level has increased. “Stay Confident & Heart Healthy”—that's my motto!

My most recent accomplishment has been to complete a half marathon! Never in a million years did I think that was possible for me, but being active has kept my heart strong and me happy.

Note: Always make sure to check with your ACHD cardiologist before beginning any exercise routine.

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