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By David Johndrow
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David Johndrow, Survivor
David Johndrow, Survivor

Have you ever wondered what you could have been if you had pushed yourself? I know I have.

This is a book about my journey from the ICU to training for my first marathon.

In my 40's, I went on a couple of diets to lose weight. At one time, I even started working out at the gym and running on a treadmill. After about a year, I gave up, succumbing to a foot injury.

Fast forward to April 4, 2011

Monday morning, after being ill for nearly 3 days, I called in sick to work; it was 6 am. At 9, I spoke to my doctor's office to ask what they thought I should do. "Come in at 3, or go to the Emergency Room," the receptionist said.

I phoned my wife to take me to the ER. I arrived about 11. I was very ill and could hardly sit up.

My chest was on fire.

They took me right in and went over my symptoms: tired, dizzy, vomiting, and burning chest pain.

"Sir, everything is going to be alright, but you are having congestive heart failure." My thoughts were scrambled, as they shoved my mouth full of aspirin, Plavix and nitro while hooking me up to oxygen.

"The paramedics will be here in a few minutes to transport you to the Heart Trauma Center," said the nurse.

The sirens wailed. My wife followed behind in the family car. They slid me on to the operating table and began the catheterization surgery.

There was the flickering of a TV monitor just above my head. I had enough drugs where I was a little in-and-out. "Well that is amazing, David. You have the arteries of a 17-year-old." I opened my eyes to see my wife standing there as the cardiologist gave me the prognosis.

"You have what is known as a viral myocarditis, and one chamber of your heart is virtually paralyzed. We are going to put you in ICU for a week or so until the virus subsides."

Twenty-four hours later, I sat in bed talking to the cardiologist. I was on 12 liters of oxygen per hour and hadn't been able to eat anything since the soup, 3 days earlier. "David, given the fact that you have one of the largest heart muscles I have ever seen, and the fact that, except for the infection, everything else is very healthy, you are lucky to be alive" (read that, exercise saved your life). He went on to say that my ejection fraction was about 20%, and normal is around 60% to 70%. I really don't remember the rest, as the words "lucky to be alive" rang in my ears.

I spent a year working on my recovery. I was under the care of my doctor, the cardiologist, an infectious disease specialist, a nutritionist, and a trainer. I was out of work for nearly 10 months.

Part of my recovery was to walk or run. I started the C25K plan a few times, but I just couldn't do it - but I kept at it. Finally, I thought for the anniversary of my heart trauma, I would run a 5K.

One March 25th, 2012, just a few days short of my April 4th anniversary, I ran the Run with Heart 5K in Clinton, Massachusetts. There, a runner was born - and a race addict!

Even though I had knee surgery, the lingering heart issues, and a rotator cuff repair, I ran nearly 1,000 miles in 2012 including: Ten 5Ks and three 10K races.

One day I thought, possibly, I could run farther than 10K, but I had been frustrated by bouts with both tendonitis and plantar fasciitis. After a brief rest in November and December, I started training for the February 24, 2013 Hyannis Half Marathon. I crossed the finish line in 2 hours and 16 minutes.

I press on toward the goal to win the prize.

THE BOOK!
I have been working on the content for this book since I was in the hospital, journaling feelings and experiences. It started as a way to cope with the uncertainty of my future and the challenges of I faced.

I had no idea how all this wold turn out, but I was determined to be an active participant in my recovery wherever that led.

The journaling led to blogging, which led to supporters asking me if I was ever going to write a book - it was there the idea as born. Since that time I have organized my wisecracking  view of sickness, health and the world of running into a diary (with pictures for those that don't like to read) and turned it into a book.

THE PROCESS
During 2012 and the early months of 2013 I have written over a 100 pages of ICU to Marathon. It has been copy edited and organized into a dairy page with an accompanying story.

The cover design is completed.

Once the project is funded I have a professional editor scheduled to review the work and help me finalize the content. That should be done no later than mid to late August. (depending on the actual campaign dates.)

The graphic designer will need 2 weeks to format the book for print and create the PDF version for reward 1. We have a target date of September 15th with a little wiggle room to be ready for early October.

The final design will go off to the printer and the eBook creators the first week of October along with the order for t-shirts, IDs and bumper stickers. The turn-around time is expected to be 2-3 weeks, but again there is a little wiggle room for any unexpected delays.

Final deliver is scheduled for November 2013.

Thank you for your support!

Risks and challenges

This is my first printed book. My first book was a digital release, my second book was returned by the publisher with lots of edits and questions which will have to be addressed. This is my third, which is written as an entertaining autobiography of my health journey. I have tons of passion, and I will see it through.

I have done my homework up front, and gotten pricing, quotes and commitments from artists, designers, editors and printers - but, not everyone is as thorough as I am. I expect the process to have the typical first-time challenges; however, there are plenty of avenues for getting the final product into the hands of my supporters.

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