Monthly Archives: June 2021

The Surgeon With a Filmstar Face Who Became an Overnight Celebrity

He made a big difference in the world. From the tip of Africa, and also had an impact on my life.

Photo of Dr. Chris Barnard

Can someone really make a difference in this world? I don’t mean small stuff, because I believe all of us can. I mean the really big stuff. Helping a person live longer, actually grabbing them from the clutches of death.

Breaking ground so that other people can follow and also save lives. This required courage and determination. Dr. Cristiaan Barnard of South Africa was the first person to do a human heart transplant.

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Atrial Fibrillation Notebook

Photo by Estée Janssens on Unsplash


When did these palpitations start? How long did they last? What did it feel like? Could I identify possible triggers? What medication did I take, how much? Did I take my pulse?

Record it here

These are only a few of the questions your doctor could ask you.

What about all the questions you have for him? My first few appointments I had question upon question. I don’t remember all the answers.


Keep all your experiances in one place.

All the questions, the answers, medication types and quantities. Possible triggers.

Keep it in this Notebook. Get it HERE

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Your Thoughts are Physical Things. It Occupies Mental Real Estate.

Here is why you have to think about what you are thinking. Daily!

Open book with thought catalog written on the page and two pens.
Photo by Thought Catalog on Unsplash

“Thoughts are real, physical things that occupy mental real estate. Moment by moment, every day, you are changing the structure of your brain through your thinking. When we hope, it is an activity of the mind that changes the structure of our brain in a positive and normal direction.”
Caroline Leaf, Switch On Your Brain: The Key to Peak Happiness, Thinking, and Health

It’s real physical matter

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I Talk to The Root Cause of My Anxiety

3 Strategies that helped me manage my anxiety and get on with life

Woman with white mask on, holding her mouth.
Photo by engin akyurt on Unsplash

What’s my story?

I was born with a congenital heart defect (CHD) called Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF). They fixed me at age 5, but according to recent studies, the surgical repair should be done between 3 to 11 months.

That means I lived 5 years with a heart that had 4 defects. One of the symptoms is “TET spells”. Blue skin, nails, and lips because of the drop of oxygen after crying or feeding. Also called cyanosis.

My parents divorced when I was about 9 years old and we had to move. My father was an alcoholic and on occasion, he would beat my mother.

I had trouble in primary school. Mostly connected to my heart issues and one of them was trouble keeping in my pee. Some difficulty adapting to a new school in a new city and so on.

I joined the Police force in South Africa. This was 1989 and just before Nelson Mandela was released.

Anxiety free until then

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