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Lessons Learned from a Non-Compliant Patient

by Nichole Smith on Thursday, Jul 07, 2022

Earlier this year I celebrated another trip around the sun. It is my 47th, and while I try not to pay too much attention to the number, I must admit, it’s pretty darn amazing that I’m still here. If my grandfather were still living, he’d be amazed too. Every summer during cookouts or our family reunion, he’d regale guests with stories of me and what a medical miracle I was. Grandfathers are awesome like that, aren’t they?

But I wasn’t always amazed. Much of my 20s and 30s were spent trying to ignore the need to see my cardiologist and acknowledge I had a CHD. In my mind, I had grown up under a microscope, pricked with needles, ogled at, and talked about.

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