On August 11, 2016, I celebrated the ten year anniversary of the myectomy I had at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. To commemorate the auspicious occasion, for the first time in many years, I wrote a blog entry on my old blog, Cynthia’s Summer Adventure. I created Cynthia’s Summer Adventure so that my friends and family could follow my progress during surgery and also, so that other HCM patients would have an opportunity to see what it was like to go through the myectomy process at Mayo Clinic.
This week I opened my mail, and between the many envelopes containing bills and the ever present promotional leaflets from local realtors, I found a large envelope from Mayo Clinic. This envelope contained a survey for me to fill out with a bunch of questions about my heart condition. All of the questions in the survey are specifically targeted at patients with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. The survey asked me how I am feeling now, what medications I am currently taking and whether I have had other cardiac complications or procedures in the ten years following my myectomy surgery.
Ten years after I had my open heart surgery, I am so glad that I chose Mayo so that I am able to participate in and benefit from all of the meaningful research they are doing on the condition. This research will continue to benefit my descendants and relatives in the hope that some day, HCM will no longer be part of our lexicon.