If you read this blog regularly, you’ve read our 10-part series of posts based on ‘The Top 10 List of A-Fib Patients’ Best Advice’ from my book, Beat Your A-Fib.
The list is a consensus of valuable advice from fellow patients who are now free from the burden of Atrial Fibrillation. Click to see the full image.
The Series of Posts
If you missed a post, or simply want to re-read the original posts in this series, just click on the following links:
#1: What’s an EP?
#2: Dump Your Doctor?
#3: Don’t Believe Everything You’re Told About A-Fib
#4: Don’t Just Manage Your A-Fib with Meds. Seek your Cure.
#5: Don’t Let A-Fib Wreak its Havoc! Seek Your Cure ASAP
#6: Be Courageous. Be Aggressive.
#7: Persevere—More Than One Treatment May be Needed
#8: Get Emotional Support for the Stress and Anxiety
#9: Learn All Your Treatment Options Before Making Decisions
#10: Become Your Own Best Patient Advocate
From Chapter 10 of Beat Your A-Fib: The Essential Guide to Finding Your Cure, by Steve S. Ryan, PhD.
Other A-Fib patients have been where you are right now. Dozens have agreed to share their personal experience (starting with the Steve Ryan’s story in 1998). Each story is told in their own words. Many stories span years, even decades. Symptoms will vary, and treatments choices run the full gamut.
Each author tells their story to offer you hope, to encourage you, and to bolster your determination to seek a life free of A-Fib. Many writers have included their email address if you want to contact them directly. Note: You’ll need to replace the ‘(at)’ with the ‘@’ (this helps protect from spamming).
Note: Patients sharing their personal experiences are often quite frank about the treatments received, their doctors and medical centers; their opinions are their own.
HOW TO SELECT A STORY
Listed by Posting Order: With over sixty stories, you probably won’t want to read them all. So, if you wish to read the most recent stories see the ‘Listed by Posting Order‘ page. Personal experiences are posted in descending (reverse) order by date written (or received). You’ll see my own story at the bottom of the list (#1 from 2002). Click on the title of the story you want to read to jump directly to the page with that personal experience.
Have an A-Fib story to share? It can be your own story or perhaps your spouse, parent or sibling. Read how to write and submit your A-Fib story
Listed by Subject: If you wish to read stories on a specific subject see the page titled ‘Listed by Subject’. We have a few major categories: by Cause, by Risk Factor, by Symptom, by Age group/Years with A-Fib, and by Treatment. Each category has several subcategories. (Stories have many facets; therefore a story may appear in more than one category.) Browse the categories to select a story, then click on a story number to jump directly to the page with that personal experience.
How about you!? Do you have a personal A-Fib experience to share with other patients? It can be your own story or perhaps your spouse, parent or sibling. Just tell the story from your point-of-view. If you are interesting in offering your insights and ‘lessons learned’, read how to write and submit your A-Fib story, then email us!
We are happy and honored to include a poem written for A-Fib patients by Emmett Finch, the Malibu Poet. We hope it will inspire you as it did us. Thank you, Emmett. (Print a copy.)
Last updated: Tuesday, October 6, 2015