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I simply loved feeling wanted and fought for. This desire is set deep in the heart of every little girl — and every woman. Yet most of us are ashamed of it. We pretend that it is less than it is. We are women of the twenty-first century after all — strong, independent, and capable, thank you very much. Uh-huh… and who is buying all those romance novels? Each one filled with his love for God and his passion for me, his desire for me. He saw me and knew me and pursued me.

I loved being romanced. Most of our addictions as women flare up when we feel that we are not loved or sought after. At some core place, maybe deep within, perhaps hidden or buried in her heart, every woman wants to be seen, wanted, and pursued. We want to be romanced.

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A woman is a warrior too. But she is meant to be a warrior in a uniquely feminine way. Sometime before the sorrows of life did their best to kill it in us, most young women wanted to be a part of something grand, something important. Think of Sarah from Sarah, Plain and Tall. We are awed by the nurses in Pearl Harbor, how in the midst of a horrifying assault they bring their courage and strength to rescue the lives of hundreds of men.

And what about women like Esther and Mary and Ruth? They were biblical characters who had irreplaceable roles in a Great Story. Women love adventures of all sorts. An adventure that is shared. Sometimes the idea of living as a hermit appeals to all of us. No demands, no needs, no pain, no disappointments.

But that is because we have been hurt, are worn out. Our lives were meant to be lived with others. As echoes of the Trinity, we remember something. Made in the image of a perfect relationship, we are relational to the core of our beings and filled with a desire for transcendent purpose. We long to be an irreplaceable part of a shared adventure.

I doubt the thought crossed her mind. She sang her newly made-up song about puppies and kitties, fully expecting to be delighted in, then skipped down the hall to grace the occupant of the next office. She was like a ray of summer sun or, better, a garden fairy, flitting from office to office. She was a little girl in her glory, unashamed in her desire to delight and be delighted in. Most little girls go through a season when they will not wear anything if it does not twirl and if it sparkles, so much the better.

Their young hearts intuitively want to know they are lovely. Last summer John and I attended a ball. It was a stunning affair. For weeks — no, months ahead of the affair — I, like every other woman who attended, asked the all-important question: The evening turned out to be glorious. But the highlight by far was the women. We were playing dress up for real and loving it. Now, we know that the desire to be beautiful has caused many women untold grief how many diets have you been on? Countless tears have been shed and hearts broken in its pursuit.

Beauty has been extolled and worshiped and kept just out of reach for most of us. For others, beauty has been shamed, used, and abused.

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Some of you have learned that possessing beauty can be dangerous. And yet — and this is just astounding — in spite of all the pain and distress that beauty has caused us as women, the desire remains. An external beauty without a depth of character is not true beauty at all. The feeling went down to my upper chest and continued down to the lower chest area. I then started to get a slight pain that felt like acid relux. I started to feel faint so I woke up my husband.

I was sweating profusely, nauseated, had the chills and felt faint. It had exploded and made a tear in one of my heart valves, allowing blood to flow through the layers and squeeze the valve. I have also had an ICD Implantable Cardiac Defibrillator placed because my heart muscle has not healed the way they wanted it to. Now I can see all these issues as cardiac problems and not just pregnancy. Joyce, age 60, USA: He handed me a nitroglycerin tablet to put under my tongue.

I had extreme shortness of breath but felt no pain that I remember. I had had some symptoms in the weeks before, such as tightness in the chest and extreme pain in my left shoulder blade. I also had these same symptoms months earlier, but dismissed them as just a pulled muscle after lifting heavy luggage. Even my doctor thought I had pleurisy or a virus, but sent my EKG with an unusual T-wave to the cardiologist who wanted me to come in for the stress test.

Kim, age 52, USA: When the paramedics arrived, they gave me nitroglycerin which eased the symptoms temporarily. In hospital, I had to have two stents implanted and spent two days in ICU because of low blood pressure. Amy, heart attack at age 28, USA: I was told it was the baby kicking my diaphragm. These symptoms continued for two years, off and on, usually brought on by exertion. After pregnancy, I was told it was exercise-induced asthma, then pleurisy. By this time, even walking across the room or watching something emotional on TV like a Hallmark commercial!

I was taken to hospital, but during my angiogram, I had a massive heart attack on the table. I had to be transferred to another hospital and had an emergency double bypass. The balloon pump did quite a bit of damage to my arteries during the transfer. Kimber, age 46, USA: It immediately took my breath away and knocked me backwards about feet.

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I also had an intense drilling pain under my left funny bone. The symptoms did not let up. At the time, I was just sitting at my desk.


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My first heart attack was on May7th and my second was on May 22nd. Gill, age 49, UK: Then doctors attempted a stent placement, which failed and I was sent home the same day with a small dissection tear which I was told would heal by itself. But two days after the dissection, while watching TV, I had increasingly unstable angina, unresponsive to nitroglycerin, with sweating and nausea.

I went to the ER where I had a bigger heart attack, with crushing pain, pain radiating up into my throat and tongue, nausea, vomiting and sweating, plus pain in my left arm. These symptoms came and went, in between different drugs they were giving me. A further angio showed that the dissection had not healed but extended, and the artery was full of blood clots. I was then sent immediately by ambulance with police escort to a cardiac unit a couple of counties away, where I had four stents implanted.

Nancy, age 44, USA: I lay down and felt better. That was the day before more heart attack symptoms started after some heavy exertion, again due to SCAD. I think the artery must have torn a bit that Sunday, but it was not yet severe. The next morning my theory the tear extended after physically demanding exertion, then I had the heart attack. Do not engage in physical exertion until cleared that your heart is ok.

I was taken to another hospital where the dissection was discovered and I received two stents. Two days later, two more stents were implanted for an intractable spasm of the left anterior descending coronary artery LAD. I thought it was just from exertion or allergies. It felt like your chest and breathing might feel when you exercise in very cold weather.

Erna, age 49, USA: But the pain started radiating into my shoulder and after this into my back. There was no pain in my chest. I thought it was time to quit, and I did some meditation. I had no memory of anything else until the next morning, when I awoke and felt awful. I could not breathe, my back hurt, and I felt like throwing up but could not. The symptoms got steadily worse and I called The firefighters and paramedics who responded knew right away that it was a heart attack when they saw my EKG.

I was sent by helicopter to a different hospital where I had three stents implanted. It was very scary. Corby, age 51, USA: I also ignored the pain in the back — even months before, generally when I was feeling stressed. I had swelling in the hands and feet, was out of breath climbing stairs — I thought it was just the cold air. These came and went. My head and arms broke out into a cold sweat and felt clammy. I was driving myself to work and decided to pull into the ER on the way. I had emergency bypass surgery for a blockage in my left anterior descending coronary artery LAD with a mammary artery graft.

This week, six years later, I just got out of the hospital again with a blood clot in my lung. I thought at first I was having another heart attack. The symptoms were crushing pain to the chest and numbness in the arm, a clammy feeling, cough, low grade temp. Thank you to the 22 women who generously shared these compelling survivor stories here. This article was re-published on KevinMD. Well, while vomiting I experienced a sudden and intense sharp pain across my chest, both arms went very weak, cold sweats and instant fatigue.

I was told I probably pulled a muscle from coughing. This intensifies when I am really stressed. This morning I got heartburn really badly and the pain came back in my arm…. Bottom line, should I continue to be concerned? Go get a second opinion. For 4 days I have been having upper right back pain and up to the neck.

I cannot turn my head left. I thought that it was maybe just a pulled muscle. Tonight I woke up with more severe back and neck pain and now pain in my elbow and a tingling all the way down my right arm and to my fingers. It hurts for me to try and get out of bed. Not having any chest pain. I need some answers. Do I need to go to the ER? If the symptoms do not ease up if you take a muscle-relaxant, call your doctor. Sounds similar to me when I had to have surgery on my neck.

My neck and back hurt and my right arm tingled all the way down to my fingertips … I was able to move my head, but had limited mobility. I ended up having a cervical discectomy with fusion and fixation. I have been having what I think is heartburn that is really frequent accompanied by a persistent pain like muscle spasms behind my left shoulder blade and it radiates under my left breast area.

Needless to say, none of this has helped my symptoms. I am scared to death that there is something going on that no one is listening. Does anyone have any suggestions? Have you asked your family doctor for a referral to a cardiologist? Have you been referred to an internal medicine specialist to rule out acid reflux? Are you generally prone to anxiety? I know this from experience. I have two stents. My dad and my brother also had heart attacks at age My mom was short of breath and went to the doctor, her EKG was normal… she has two stents. I am now 54 years old… I am currently wearing a Holter monitor for 21 days and will then have another nuclear stress test and an echocardiogram.

Over the past six weeks or so I have had a couple of episodes that have been disturbing. I get this sensation in the center but kind of toward the left just under my breast that causes intense pain. I have also been short of breath and my heart beat seems to be irregular. The chest pain is currently under my left breast.

Thank you for this website! Hi Susan — sorry you are experiencing these distressing symptoms. Good luck to you. Since the pain is spreading, he talked me into heading in. The trick now is getting him to go to a doctor!! Kylie, get your hubby to read this. Men can be just as stubborn as women are when it comes to being in denial about cardiac symptoms. Firefighters are high risk for heart attacks because of the hazards they are exposed to and the stress of fighting a fire. As I read the stories I realize Im not alone with my symptoms being over looked. Right now I sit here with tight chest and pain in my left arm and in my elbow that comes and goes; early this week I was having pain in my left and right legs.

Im sick and tired of being sent home. Plus I have high blood pressure and overweight and a smoker with so much stress in my life. I just develped the tightness in my chest.

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The inhaler is not working that well. My name is Laurie I am 40, recently. I progressed heart disease with no option of bypass or stents. Reading everyones stories gives me some hope. Recently I have had the pains in my elbows, well actually anytime I get upset along with the chest pains and fatigue. What does the elbow pain signify, I had this again today it has been coming and going.

My only chance of survival is heart transplant and as for now Im still not on the list. I will be asking about the provisional list.. I am so glad that I found this site. Now I know that I am not alone dealing with heart disease. I learn more each time that I read the stories here. The sharing gives me courage and hope. Thank you… I have been feeling discomfort on my right side but nothing serious.

I have been under much stress being layed off for a year and living in the worst city for employment St. I make jewelry and paint and have made my hobbies into work. Thanks for your comment here, Debby. Having no health insurance is an American tragedy. Do not hesitate, however, to go to the E. Good luck to you…. If you have chest pain go to an ER right away and when you arrive tell them immediately that you are having chest pain. You can sort that out later. You need to be checked out by a doctor to see what type of heart issue you have.

Do not diagnosis yourself. Stress can give you symptoms which are similar to a heart attack. It could be a symptom of a cardiac event. Best wishes for the new year! If I truly have that stent in my heart my system will attack it the moment I stop taking it. Hi, I had a heart attack December 2, , when I made up my mind to got help it appears I had been having it for nearly 24 hours. I never had chest pains of any kind but I had a cough.

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I survived a heart attack or they say I did. From time to time I will pick up a lung infection because I smoked with asthma. During the night I got up with a very heavy cough and very short winded. I spent the rest of the night throwing up, it eased up around 7: I was awake but they carried me into the ER; what I thought was a bad asthma attack was a heart attack.

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