About Me

Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor and the information you read on this page and throughout this website is based on my own research as it may apply to my own unique situation. Before starting or consuming any exercise program, diet or supplements, please check with your doctor. DO NOT follow my advice or examples without first consulting with a healthcare professional that is knowledgeable about your disease, condition and symptoms.

My name is Brandon Stone.  I’m a former US Marine, reserve police captain and small business owner.  In February 2016, at the age of 46, I was diagnosed with congestive heart failure, with an ejection fraction of 35, and stage 3A kidney disease.  While kidney disease in itself is a bleak diagnosis, I was born with only one kidney. I have no backup!!!

As an avid weight lifter who also enjoys hour long training sessions on the elliptical machine, I was dumbfounded when I received the news that my heart was failing. How could it be, I thought to myself.  I barely ate red meat and was very conscience about the nutrients I put into my body.  I never smoked, did drugs or used steroids and drank very seldom throughout the years. I generally got plenty of sleep and exercised several times a week.  I thought at 46 years of age I was doing quite well.  I thought I was going to live forever!!!

After the initial shock subsided, I began to conduct research about heart failure and kidney disease.  If one isn’t bad enough, I was now battling for my life on two fronts. And, from what I quickly learned, what’s good for the heart isn’t always good for the kidney and vice versa.  I knew within a very short period of time that I had a lot to learn and didn’t have a lot of room for error.

While I found hundreds of medical websites that provided me with much needed information, I was struggling to find websites that gave me any ideas of life expectancy, first-hand experiences, complications and success stories.  I needed, and probably still do to some extent, to have a firsthand account of what life is like when living with heart failure. Even better would be an accurate depiction of life while battling both heart failure and kidney disease.

Today, March 17, 2016, I’ve decided to start this blog.  I want to be able to provide to you and anyone else who may be in a similar situation my firsthand account of life with both heart and kidney disease.  I will share my ups and downs, my victories and defeats.  I will share with you my diet and exercise habits that I hope will prove worthwhile in prolonging life. I’ll share with you my list of medications and dosages. I will continue to conduct research and try new heart healthy recipes, results of which will be shared with you. I will be open and honest and will do everything I can to give you all of the knowledge you need to fight this disease with me.  I want you to know, especially if this diagnosis is new, that others have gone through this before you and, through our trials and tribulations, you may learn and live longer than you ever expected.

In addition to a bad heart and kidney issues, I also suffer from Hypothyroidism.  You may see some posts dedicated to this condition as well. If you aren’t affected by any of these conditions but know someone who is please share this blog with them.

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