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, a reserve police captain and a 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 both of these together are enough to ruin anyone’s day, I only have one kidney!  One diseased kidney and a bad heart . . . oh, I also need to add that I have hypothyroidism and my body produces virtually no natural testosterone.

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 eat red meat and was very conscience about the nutrients I put into my body.  I never smoked, never 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 a nice long life!

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. So, I have decided to start this blog.

Through 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 how to better live your life and to live longer than you ever expected.

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