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I moved on with my life today


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Well, b/c I am new to the board, let me quickly tell my story. First of all, I am a 23 year old male. On Dec. 26, 2003, I noticed my heart racing while I was relaxing at home. After trips to the ER, family doctor, cardiologist, endocrinologist, neurologist, infectious disease specialist, and hospitalization, I found this site. I noticed that the symptoms seemed to describe how I felt. So I looked at the physicians list and found one in Charleston, SC, 2 hours from home. I visited Dr. Bergmann on June 23, and was quickly diagnosed with POTS. He reassured me that I WOULD NOT DIE, which really helped me (That was my biggest fear). He gave me Florinef to go with the Toprol that I was already on. The Florinef and Toprol have done wonders for me and returned me close to normal.

After having a diagnosis, being assured that this will not kill me, and medications that have helped, I moved on with my life today. I am 26 credit hours short of getting my Business Management degree from the Univ. of S. Carolina. I started summer school today, and it has given me a sense of getting on with my life. With the Lord's help, I will graduate in May of 2005.

Thanks to all who post here. It helped me find a doctor to help me, and let me know I am not alone.

Thanks

Casey

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Casey, good for you!!! I'm glad you were able to find a doctor, and got on meds that are helping. I hope your schooling goes quickly--I'll be rooting for ya (I'm in school too).

Nina

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I am so glad you are getting back to your normal life. Don't let this illness bring you down as it has for so many. The best thing you can do for yourself is keep doing what you have been doing; just be sure to rest enough, stay active enough and eat/hydrate well. Sounds like the meds are helping a lot too. That's just great! :)

Amy

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I am so happy for you and go out and take on the world with both hands. Always keep your focused on the Lord and you are more than half way there. When hard times come and you get sick or worst we will always be here for you. But remember the strength within can only come from the Lord. Everyday that you can do "normal" things remember this is a wonderful blessing the Lord has given you.

With out the Lord in my life, I would not be here today. :)

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Thank you so much for sharing your success story with us. I like to see people come back here and update on their progress when doing WELL. Congrats on your degree, I wish you the best with that and am so glad you are feeling better :)

Good luck to you :)

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Casey,

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! I'm 21, and trying to take a class a semester at the local community college just to stay in school. I had 2 years at a four year college when I got sick. I'm determined to get my degree one way or another. If I'd been on time I would have graduated in May 2005 with my 4 year degree, so maybe I'll get to pretend I'm walking up there with you when you graduate! :):) I'm proud of you for finding your doc yourself with the help of these people (as I did), and continuing your education!!

MP

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