Marfans gala


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Last week I attended the national marfans foundations annual gala at cipriani’s restaurant in new york city. It was an exciting event with many distinguished and honored guests such as mayor Bloomberg and leading doctors from around the country. The event was mainly about promoting early diagnosis of marfans. Almost 50% of people with marfans don’t know they have it. I was lucky to have an early diagnosis and have my symptoms monitored all my life. I feel proud to be part of this great association and I am happy for all the people who come after me.
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Spencer Grabel

End of winter


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I am now back in school full time and about to complete my first full week of the new year, I am excited that winter is almost over and the start of the boat season is only a few weeks away. I am hoping to be one of the first people to have their boat in the water this year. I am looking forward to the weather getting warmer and going to camp over the summer. 

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Spencer Grabel

 

A year later

Aside


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A year ago today, I was lying on a table in operating room 25. I had a one hundred four degree fever, I had an endocarditus infection that could go anywhere in my body and cause serious long term damage. A year ago today, my chest was opened and ribcage was broken,  I had a heart lung machine hooked up to me keeping me alive. A year ago today I hadn’t eaten anything more than a cracker and some water in more than a week. A year ago today I was 95lbs. A year ago today I was not in great shape. A year ago today, My doctors made the choice to put me into a long open heart surgery under horrible operating conditions rather than risk the vegetation spinning off and causing a stroke.

Today, I am lying on a lounge chair on a beach in Jamaica, its about 85 degrees. Today, My heart is healthy with a clean and repaired mitral valve and a normal sized aorta. I am waiting for a cheeseburger, fries and a chocolate shake to come to my seat. Today, I am 150lbs. Today, I am healthy. My biggest decision today is whether I should go sailing before or after lunch. They say that time heals all wounds. That is certainly true for me.

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Spencer Grabel

Making progress


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I am in a stable recovery. I wake up every day feleling a little bit better than the last. My homeschooling is going well and I am hoping to go back to real school starting the end of this week or the week after February break. Over the break, we are going to Jamaica. I am extremely excited and am hoping its gonna be a good trip. So, for once everything is going the way it should. And I intend on keeping it that way.
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Spencer Grabel

Friday


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On Wednesday, my heart went back into the flutter again. We went into the hospital on Thursday planning to get shocked.
When I got there, they did the normal triage of tests and concluded that my heart pulled itself out of the flutter. I am back to normal again and back to the road to recovery. Also I decided to change the backround and theme for the blog. There is a new style and picture up. I hope everybody likes it
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Spencer Grabel

Recovery


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I am doing well. My recovery is going smoothly and my homeschooling has restarted after last weeks delay. I am feeling good and have more energy every day. Tomorrow it will be one month since surgery. I am still not back in real school but I am getting closer each day.
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Spencer Grabel