When I was five, I was diagnosed with bicuspid aortic valve disease. When I was twenty-three, my BAVD suddenly caused a host of life-threatening problems, including aortic regurgitation (impaired blood flow from the heart) and an aortic aneurysm. Just a couple of weeks after turning twenty-four, I had open-heart surgery to replace my faulty aortic valve with a mechanical one.

A few months later, I started this blog. Tick Tock Ticker is my humble attempt at providing others facing similarly difficult life choices and changes with some much-needed comfort and inspiration. I may bear my share of scars and a ticker that ticks like a clock, but the fact that I am still here is proof positive that even a damaged heart can possess an incredible strength and a beautiful persistence. Like a Timex watch, it can take a lickin’ and keep on tickin’. I personally intend to do so for quite some time yet.

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