Posted by Marcus Move (@marcusmccleery) · Tue, Aug 5 at 3:28pm CDT
Marcus Move - Patient/Caregiver Scholarship 2014
I am a patient and volunteer with the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation (MHIF).
Several years ago I was experiencing a wide variety of strange symptoms. My general doctor was quite uncertain to the cause. He even suggested a psych. evaluation. As a last resort he put me on a 30 day heart rate monitor. I was diagnosed with a-fib within the month. I had a very rapid heart rate and had difficulty moving consistently without being out of breath, sweating and getting light headed. I was referred to MHI for an EP ablation.
The months leading up to the surgery got progressively worse. After the first ablation I was able to stay out of constant a-fib for some time due to the amiodarone giving us a false positive. Several months later the a-fib was back! Already overweight, I began to rapidly gain weight due to depression and a sedentary lifestyle. I was so sick from other illnesses that my second surgery was put off for many months. Eventually the second surgery happened and I was on a 6 month wait to see if it had worked. I had been at this for almost 3 years! My weight was now nearly 400 pounds! I was so sad that I asked for a divorce from my wife. I didn’t want her to have to live with a “broken man” for the rest of her life. Depression is so easy to slip into when hope seems lost!
The second surgery worked! My cardiologist told me to go live my life with no restrictions! “Are you telling me to loose weight”, I asked. “No, just move your body 15 minutes a day” he said. So, with that small manageable request I began to move! I changed to a heart healthy diet and lost 183 pounds. I did my first triathlon! I never thought that I could regain and surpass the life I wanted to live!
For almost 5 years now I have done what I can to help others adopt a healthier mind, body and spirit. I continue to lead my life by example and encourage, motivate and inspire others to find their “Power” to do the same!
To honor the words of my cardiologist my website is: move15minutesaday.com or move-15.com.
I live 100 miles from Mpls. so, social media has been a great “connector” to patients, staff and anyone far away to hear my message of Hope for a better “ME”! I am Marcus Move on FB. I created Marcus Move for everyone! I will turn no one away that is looking for advice, inspiration, education, motivation and most of all Hope! I encourage people to help by sharing just those things so we all can learn and grow together! I write blogs for MHIF as well as my website and have done several twitter challenges for MHIF. Social media is a huge conductor for my message of tapping into your own “Personal Power”!
I would love to participate in your conference to share what I have learned so far!
“We only get one body in this life so, let’s treat it right, feed it well and USE it”!!! – Marcus McCleery
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