I was born on a warm summer day in 1970. Unfortunately, I was not born with an amazing bloodline. Most of the men on both sides of my family had suffered heart attacks at an early age. Some think I was doomed at birth to one day have a heart attack. It was always in the back on my mind. My father suffered his first heart attack at the age of 53. My brother and I just had to wait as only time would tell.
I married late in life. It took me awhile to find the person I thought I would spend the rest of my life with. We were married a short time before learning that we would be parents. We were excited about the amazing miracle blessed upon us. Caleb was born in January of 2001 and my wife almost lost her life while delivering our first son. I believe that is when it all began. While I was extremely happy to have a beautiful, healthy, baby boy, my life changed drastically. My wife no longer worked and I was working longer hours to make ends meet. Not only was I working longer hours but then I would come home and have to do the house work, yard work, and take care of the baby. Over the years, the stresses of life, an additional baby boy, work, finance, and a failing marriage began to take it’s toll on my body and mind.
I was as stressed as one c...
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...ssionate, understanding and loving these days. I rarely get upset. I since divorced my wife and that ended all the stress in my life. I am happily remarried to a wonderful woman and together we are raising my two amazing boys. Thankfully, my older brother has escaped our doomed inherited bloodline and he is healthy. I use to question why this happened to me, but now, instead of questions, I am thankful. Thankful that I survived, thankful that I am here to help raise my children, and thankful that I found and married my soul mate. I do not take anything for granted as I know it can all be over in a minute. I have to live everyday as if it is my last day and make sure my family knows how grateful I am that they are my family and that they are loved very much. Life is short, make the best of it, because you never know when you are going to take your last breath.
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