Support Group for Mechanical & Artificial Heart Valve Surgery & Using Warfarin
Good for you! You will find that as time goes by the body is rather remarkable and your chest scar will virtually disappear (I've had my 'new' valve now for nearly 11 years!) and you cannot notice it. Ill pop over to 'Just giving' later and take a look at your hike! Make sure however you train for it and also take it easy with the weather ...not nice out there!
Good luck with the walk - hope it is not too hilly, wet or cold.
I would not worry about the scar, as Graham says it does tone down over time, but until it does - just remember that you are special - you are a member of the "Zip Club"!!! More to the point the heart valve should work for ever, and that while the scar might look a little glaring at the moment, it is only there because the wonderful surgery has saved your life. I think it is very easy to think that your cup is half (or more) empty, because you have needed the surgery, but I would regard the scar with pride!
I definitely echo James's comments. Don't worry about the scar - better to here than not. I had my Op just over 1.5yrs ago and my scar has 'toned down' so much.
Good luck this weekend, it's for a great cause, well done you. Hope the weather treats you kindly.
Emily, well done!
Fantastic, very well done. Hope your muscles are resting well.
Well done on the hike! I have been through the mill emotionally too. its hard to get over such a major thing at our age or any age for that matter. it does get easier and as the others say, wear the scar with pride .... were part of an elite group!