Second Chances

This is my story regarding Pulmonary Embolisms...
First of all, my mother was always my biggest fan. I dedicated my Ironman finish to her. It was rewarding to me that she saw me cross the finish line. 10 months later she passed away unexpectedly from a Pulmonary Embolism at 55yrs old. There were no warnings or signs. She was gone.
Years later on New Years Day of 2016, I was home alone watching a hockey game and suffered severe tightness in my chest, then hyperventilation as I could not get adequate oxygen. I rushed to the hospital. It was a major P/E. I was in the hospital for 5 days. This was followed by countless tests including cat-scans, ultrasound and LOTS of blood tests. (That still continues periodically today). I was very lucky to make a full recovery... (so I thought)
On Feb. 19th, 2018, (3 days before my planned trip to Mexico) I had a second acute bilateral Pulmonary embolism. This one was mentally tough on me as I was told by health professionals that it was very unlikely that I would ever have another P/E. I’m very thankful for so many things including second survival, the love and support from family and friends. 🎉🙏❤️The last two pictures of the sequence are of me recently training (check out my Instagram @Silversarge). I plan on making a comeback to racing just to prove that you can come back from major set backs. Plus encourage those who may need some encouragement to push through any self doubt.
There is light at the end of the tunnel. The Medical Specialists concluded that my condition was hereditary through DNA passed on to me. all other possible causes they tested for were negative or inconclusive. 
I’ve recently started taking supplements customized to my DNA and have had positive results. I’m feeling very optimistic! I’d love to pass along any moral support, advice or other helpful information as I discover them. Welcome to my journey back to health🏆

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