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By CaptainCardio on 1/16/2013 2:28 PM
“She’ll never live.” These were the first words a new mother heard when her child was born. The baby was blue, weighed less than 4 pounds and had a heart “problem.” That child was me. As a child, I never understood exactly what condition I had or its severity. My pediatrician only noted that I had a heart “murmur,” my heart sounding like galloping horses. I knew that I got tired easily during gym class and couldn’t run as fast as everyone else. Sports were not a part of my world, but that was fine by me. I focused on brains, not brawn—and excelled.
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