My sister died at 50
(Johns Island SC)
My Beloved sister, Cathi died at the age of 50. She was healthy as a horse until July 4, 2010 when she suffered a mild heart attack. Her only symptom was jaw pain and she felt silly going to ER. Even the ER missed what was going on but finally gave her nitroglycerin and her pain eased, so they implanted a stent and sent her on her merry way.
Well, as the summer progressed things just weren't right and to make long story short, the hospital where she went missed a major blockage so by the time they discovered it, her heart muscle had been severely weakened. They scheduled her for open heart surgery and she passed away when her graft failed to take.
We were told she had a 98% chance of a full recovery and within days we were burying this vivacious person. She was a smoker of 37 years plus she had taken the pill so I wonder if this got her in the end. I loved her dearly and she passed before I could see her, as I lived 740 miles. We drove while she was on life support.
My advice is don't smoke and if you do, don't take the pill or add a bad diet to it. One risk factor is enough. She had big dreams. She was planning on getting remarried in Hawaii and was picking out her wedding dress. Her life changed on a dime.
Also, please pick a good hospital for big surgeries like this, she went to a local hospital that was not up to her challenges. Cleveland Clinic was only 45 minutes away and she didn't want to inconvenience anyone. A Funeral is an inconvenience. You are worth the best and your family deserves it. Her surgeon had been up for 2 days without sleep and wasn't even there when her graft collapsed. At big hospitals, surgeons check on the ICU patient in conjunction with the nurses. I truly believe she would be alive today had she sought early treatment at a better facility.
I helped raise her as she was 5 years younger then me and our parents were divorced. My brother died of suicide at 23 so it was just me & her. I feel like I am going to die of heartbreak. I haven't any children. She left a daughter & son, but they are in their twenties and getting on with their life. I just want to curl up in a ball & follow her. If it weren't for my two little dogs..I wouldn't have any reason to go on.