My name is Teres Roe, I'm 43 years old and I am a SCAD survivor. I had my SCAD on March 22nd, 2016. My day started like any other day, getting ready for work. Probably doing my usually daily berating of why did I eat that for dinner last night, why didn't I go to the gym yesterday, I'll go today for sure I promise, Oh boy that giant pile of paperwork on my desk - how am I going to get through all that today. Then it hit me, like someone was trying to squeeze the life out of me. I had so much pressure in my back between my shoulder blades and right through to my chest, I was sweating and just did not feel well and I should of known when the pressure moved to my shoulders, elbows, wrists and hands but why would I think Heart Attack - I'm only 43!! I assumed it was indigestion from dinner the night before. I figured it would clear up soon so I jumped in my car and headed off on my commute to work, I made it about 10 minutes when I pulled over and called a friend and she suggested I go to the hospital so I did and from the sounds of it just in time too. I spent 4 days in the hospital after a balloon angioplasty to fix the dissection in my heart and I was off work for about 3 months. Today I am about 6 months out and still have a lot of questions and still practically jump out of my skin at every little ache and pain. But am still here to bring my story to others. Thank you for listening to my story and thank you so much for supporting not only myself, but all my SCAD Sisters and Brothers too. We just want awareness out there about this condition so that people get the proper treatment for 1, and 2, too hopefully one day have genetic testing to prevent this from happening at all.
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