The 24 Books I Will Read

After scanning my 100+ ebooks that I have yet to read, I have set my ‘To Read’ list for the year. 2 books a month. And to make it easier on myself, I’ll read them in this order! I’ll also try to write a short review afterwards on my Goodreads page (feel free to add me and/or send me some of your recommendations). You can also follow along through my ‘Currently Reading’ widget to the right.

2014 Reading List:

  1. £6.19 per Witching Hour (Paranormal Personnel Saga, #1) by Joanna Mazurkiewicz
  2. NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
  3. Silver Justice by Russell Blake
  4. Dead on Demand by Sean Campbell
  5. A Hidden Fire (Elemental Mysteries, #1) by Elizabeth Hunter
  6. Season of The Harvest (Harvest Trilogy, #1 by Michael R. Hicks
  7. Nikola Tesla: Imagination and the Man That Invented the 20th Century by Sean Patrick
  8. The Pearl Savage (The Savage Series, #1) by Tamara Rose Blodgett
  9. The Savage Blood (The Savage Series, #2) by Tamara Rose Blodgett
  10. The Savage Principle (The Savage Series, #3) by Tamara Rose Blodgett
  11. The Diary of a Nobody by George Grossmith
  12. My Life And Work by Henry Ford
  13. An Evil Shadow (Val Bosanquet Mystery, #1) by A.J. Davidson
  14. Quicksilver by Toni Dwiggins
  15. Darlings of Darkness by Trina M. Lee
  16. Running from Giants: The Holocaust Through the Eyes of a Child by Margareta Ackerman
  17. The Silversmith by Jeff Carson
  18. The Streets Will Run Red by C.M. Kragel
  19. Not That It Matters by A.A. Milne
  20. The Trial by Franz Kafka
  21. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
  22. Blood and Justice by Rayven T. Hill
  23. Transfusion (Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter, #1) by Nikki Jefford
  24. Having Fun by Simon Kemp

The GYM!!!

So, for those of you that don’t know me, getting (and using) a gym membership is a phenomenally HUGE DEAL for me. Growing up, I was never allowed to take P.E. or play in any competitive sports whatsoever. I was finally given consent from my doctors to join a bowling league back in 2005. 2 years later they told me I had to stop working and doing most of my regular activities that I had paced myself to enjoy. After my most recent surgery, I was cleared to work again and, to my surprise, even join a gym to fight the 55 pounds of fat that had attached itself to me (due to medications) in that first month and a half of no longer working. I will now put, in some detail, below the reasons of my sedentary life the past 30 years, followed by the most recent letter I received from my cardiologist.

Originally posted 4/09/2011:

I’m just going to keep this short, sweet, and to the point!

I’m getting a S-ICD (subcutaneous-implantable cardioverter defibrillator) implanted on Thursday, April 14th. I’m so excited! What they originally thought was A-fib is actually Ventricular Tachycardia. That means I’m at a very high risk for sudden cardiac arrest (heart attack).

I am a 27-year-old woman.

I have an enlarged heart (a little more than twice the normal heart size), CHD, and have had so far:

11 Open-heart surgeries
14 Electrocardioversions (defib shocks to get heart back into normal rhythm…was in the high 100’s to low-mid 200’s heart rate)
12 Cardiocatheter procedures
1 Failed Multiple Cardiac Ablation
Numerous other heart-related procedures
I’m still not “FIXED”, numerous future operations/procedures will be due as medical technologies allow…
AND I’M ONLY 27!!!

Averaged, that’s approximately 1.45 heart-related procedures EVERY YEAR THAT I’VE LIVED.

BUT I’M STILL HERE!!!

Despite all that I’ve been through, I’ve found others telling me that “You’re the most optimistic, positive person I know!”
I have never found myself wishing that I didn’t have to go through it all. It has been with me my entire life and will continue to be. If I didn’t have these issues, then I wouldn’t be the person I am today! I wouldn’t change ANYTHING that has happened. Keep your chin up, ladies and gentlemen! Hope, determination, and love for everyone & everything are the keys to living the life and finding the cure!

I’m still here!

This is what was implanted in me April 14th, 2011… And I’ve ‘activated’ (been shocked) only once so far, on November 16th, 2012…

S-ICD* I’ll be 30 on June 10th this year (2013) and am scheduled for yet another heart related procedure on August 1st… At least they’re doing what they can and I’m still here!

Originally posted 6/04/2013:
Another (minor-ish) Heart Surgery… WhooHoo!

So, for those that don’t know yet, I will be heading back into UWMC for another (minor-ish) heart related procedure on August 1st. They will be doing a Melody Valve Placement and I should only be there a night or two. When they performed my last open-heart surgery on July 28th, 2009, they had left my sternum open with about a 1″ gap when they stitched me up to allow more room for my conduit to fully open and work properly. Well, it’s still being squished in there despite that and, therefore, needing this to further (hopefully) assist it along!

Originally posted 8/06/2013:

New Pulmonary Valve!!!

Here’s an inside view of Before & After my new pulmonary valve surgery. Big difference! Just can’t wait to be fully healed up and out and about again!

Here’s some good news finally!!!
This is a letter I received from my cardiologists office regarding my recent stress test:

December 13th, 2013

Dear Mrs. Kilborn,
I’m writing to inform you that the results of the Cardiopulmonary Exercise testing you had performed recently have been reviewed by Dr. Stout. The results are normal for gender and age, and much better than the last time! All looks stable and we will continue to monitor you in the future as needed.

Sincerely,
Amanda, RN
UWMC Regional Heart Center

Now ya’ll know why I’m so freakin’ excited!!!

My Goals for 2014

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I don’t make New Year’s Resolutions on the simple idea that if I fail to complete them, I’ve failed myself. Instead I like to set a small amount of GOALS, that, if circumstances allow, I strive to achieve. This year, my set list is short and sweet. Here they are:

  • Read a minimum of 2 books a month. (Should be easy since I take the bus to work most days)
  • Utilize every advantage of my Gym membership at least 3 times a week, even if my husband can’t join me some days.
  • Cook healthy meals at home (prepare lunches the night before, overnight/while at work crock-pot meals for time-saving, ready-to-eat deliciousness). Eat out WAY LESS!!! (If I do, order a simple salad and/or healthy appetizer)
  • Be more mindful of spending habits. Ask myself: “Do I NEED this?” or “Do I simply just WANT this?” And weigh the pros and cons of my ultimate decision.
  • Save for and find a good house to rent. One that’ll accept our 4 cats (which makes this even more of a challenge).
  • Advance in my career.

So there you have it! My goals for the year. Ready, set, go!

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Great News!!!

Here’s some good news finally!!!
This is a letter I received from my cardiologists office regarding my recent stress test:

December 13th, 2013
Dear Mrs. Kilborn,

I’m writing to inform you that the results of the Cardiopulmonary Exercise testing you had performed recently have been reviewed by Dr. Stout. The results are normal for gender and age, and much better than the last time! All looks stable and we will continue to monitor you in the future as needed.

Sincerely,
Amanda, RN
UWMC Regional Heart Center

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