Throught the 50's and the 60's the medical world held to the axiom that anybody that had any type of heart surgery should lead a sedintary life - there should be no stress on the heart at all. The only thing allowed was walking. To a degree I adheared to this. The problem that I had was as I got older and started to 'rough house' with my friends - the better I started to feel. I was sure not to overdue it for the overduing would let me know to slow down and rest, but at the same time after I rested and calmed down for a few days - I started to feel just a little better and a little stronger.
Going into high school I was prevented from taking gym because of my heart condition. Going into my jounior year I felt so much better that I had the family MD write the high school and tell them that it was ok for me to participate in gym. In my senior year we had exercises as a final in gym and I was able to do all expect chin myself - it was at this point that I decided that I had to take matters into my own hands and build myself up.
While attending the community college I started to lift weights and told myself that I was either going to kill myself OR I was going to get better, healthier, stronger. I was marched into the family MD when my mom found this out - he checked me out completely and listened to my heart for about 3 minutes after every exercise he had me do - he detected no abnormalady in my heart rythem - so he gave me the ok and told my mom that he knew that I would use common sense.
For the next 40 years I would weight train off and on and lay a basic foundation. The problem was that I would eat what ever I wanted and look like I didn't use weights at all. Also during this time I would lose my shortness of breath due to taking up jogging - I was forced to stop jogging due to my getting multiple cases of broncheastitas which did a job on my lungs which in time would heal - the shortness of breath never came back - today I can take at times a huge lung full of air.
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