In this episode of The Heart Chamber Podcast, host Boots Knighton interviews guest Robyn Peacock about her journey with a bicuspid aortic valve, misdiagnoses, and ultimate recovery from open heart surgery. Robyn emphasizes the importance of self-advocacy, proactive healthcare, and trusting one's instincts when it comes to medical concerns. The discussion sheds light on the emotional and mental aspects of heart surgery recovery, with a focus on managing emotions and seeking support. Robyn's story highlights the significance of listening to one's body and pursuing a second opinion when needed. The episode concludes with Boots encouraging audience feedback and interaction with the podcast.
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06:31 Mild fatigue and memory issues in mid-forties.
12:47 Misdiagnoses, missed diagnoses caused much stress.
16:32 Recurrent ER visits for undiagnosed subacute strep infection.
20:14 Urgent hospital visit due to low hemoglobin.
21:04 Admitted, tested, discharged, no internal bleeding found.
25:30 Excited for new chapter in life journey.
30:28 Rebirth after open heart surgery, depression shock.
31:16 Grateful for surgery experience, advice on processing.
36:39 Balance emotions, trauma, and self-regulation awareness.
39:22 Navigating medical system with grace and self-advocacy.
Always a Southern California girl, Robyn loves all things water and tennis! She lives in Palos Verdes with her husband and two very cute mini-poodles, Hallie and Hazel. Her two boys, Albert & Chancellor, are recent college graduates and out exploring the world. During weekends you can find her in the Naples Canals in Long Beach paddle boarding, or riding bikes around the South Bay. She is beyond grateful for her second "heart start"!
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