Hello, I want to Introduce myself and share some thoughts with you. Sorry but my English is a bit rudimentary. Iam Stefan from Germany. Iam 58 years old, married since 27 Years, have two adult children and have been suffering from episodes of afib for 5 years.
Tonight I had another one of the regular episodes. I then have extremely strong symptoms, feel like a fish out of water. Then I sometimes get scared because I have less air and everything beats wildly in my chest. I feel each of these chaotic beats all the way up my throat. After a few hours, the spook is then over again so far and I hope of course that it is still long so that it goes away again and again. All my life, sport was what I liked to do the most. I lifted weights and did a lot of martial arts. Afib has taken this away from me to a large extent. But I do some, also lifting not so heavy weights.
But what I really want to say is that there are many things in life that we like to do, and afib takes us away from that or makes it more difficult. Or it comes with various limitations and we may sometimes think that life has become less worth living. But we should not forget something specific. There are two things in life without which life would actually really no longer be worth living; two things, if these were missing, everything would really be worth nothing and death would even be a salvation if these things no longer existed. I am talking about love and friendship. Since afib takes away many things from us, but not life itself, and thus not the capacity for friendship and love, we may always be happy. And maybe even more, because although afib does not take away this most important thing, it always reminds us that everything is transient, and this in turn can help us to feel our love for our beloved and our friends even more clearly. Nobody knows whether he will live to see the next day, and it is this that makes us realize with great clarity that there is nothing more precious in the world than this little, single, one day. A single day of life is more precious than a mountain of gold, because on this day you can take your loved ones in your arms and say: I love you, thank you for existing.
These were just some thoughts I wanted to share with you. Never give up. Go on. Thank you for having me here and God bless each and every one of you.