But now I'm only falling apart
Nothing I can say
A total eclipse of the heart
Remember that classic song by Bonnie Tyler? That's the inspiration for the name of my new blog: Total Eclipse of the Heart. The inspiration for the blog itself is a little heavier. But where are my manners? Allow me to first introduce myself.
My name is Andrea, I'm 28 years old (for another few months), and I was born and raised in Atlanta, GA. I spent almost ten years in different parts of Virginia during undergrad, a few working years and then business school, and then I moved up to New Jersey in pursuit of the career I'd worked very hard to land. I've been working in marketing for a global healthcare products company for about a year and a half, and I've loved (almost) every minute. It is the fast-paced, inspired professional environment I dreamed of during my three years working in the non-profit sector. Until five months ago, my biggest concerns were getting promoted as soon as possible and squeezing a modest amount of personal time into my long work weeks. Until five months ago, I was a healthy twenty-something that worked hard and played harder.
In the last five months, my life has changed drastically. I experienced acute heart failure on October 18, 2009, spent the subsequent month in the hospital and finally returned to work part-time March 1, 2010. Needless to say, my career has taken a backseat to my survival. I'll probably share more details at some point, but for now, I just want to introduce my story and greet any early readers. I've been reading some other great heart failure/transplant blogs and felt inspired to start one of my own.
Some that I like, by the way, are:
The Heartbeat Diaries - http://heartbeatdiaries.wordpress.com/
Helen. With the Heart. - http://helenwiththeheart.blogspot.com/
My 2nd HeartBeat - http://my2ndheartbeat.wordpress.com/
If I've managed to keep your attention thus far, congratulations to me. And to you, I will strive to deliver more interesting content in future posts. I am a witty cynic at my best and a reflective sap at my worst, and this blog promises to illustrate both ends of my personality spectrum. So thanks for reading. And I hope to see you again soon.