Surviving a cardiac arrest is something you don’t wish upon anyone. Truly. It’s only those who went through one who can state with absolute certainty that it can completely shatter someone’s life.
Therefore, once I read our guest for this conversation, Kevin Marcus Miller, had 12 cardiac arrests, I was shocked. As well as intrigued.
Shocked by how, despite all this, he has continued to fight. And intrigued by how he has managed to stay optimistic through this all and continues to build the best life he can with the cards that life has dealt him.
If, after this conversation, you would like to spend more time with Kevin, do check out his podcast ‘Setbacks to Comebacks Podcast’, where he chats with others about their comeback story.
Timestamps of this episode:
- Intro 00:00 - 02:30
- When Kevin had his first cardiac arrest 02:30 - 05:24
- The difficulty of returning to work and normal life after surviving a cardiac arrest 05:20 - 09:23
- Getting multiple shocks (appropriate and inappropriate ones) 09:23 - 13:09
- When and why Kevin started Setbacks to Comebacks Podcast 13:09 - 14:30
- The struggle family members face and trying to make the best of it together 14:30 - 17:40
- The medication that Kevin currently takes 17:40 - 18:16
- When Kevin had his other cardiac arrest incidents 18:16 - 22:48
- How to stay motivated after having multiple cardiac arrests and knowing there might be more 22:48 - 26:06
- Feeling angry after everything that has happened and dealing with that anger 26:06 - 32:54
- Support The Heart Warrior Project 32:54 - 34:38 What Kevin wished his cardiologist had told him sooner 34:38 - 36:17
- Dealing with PTSD and maintaining emotional hygiene 36:17 - 39:05
- The frustrating part of not knowing why you had a cardiac arrest 39:05 - 43:45
- Living with heart disease and making the most out of a not-so-ideal situation 43:38 - 45:23
- How Kevin is doing today 45:23 - 46:54
- Living with a lower quality of life 46:54 - 48:58
- What Kevin does when he feels down, sad, or frustrated with his cardiac arrests and living with an ICD 48:58 - 50:56
- What's still hard to communicate to the people around Kevin's life 50:56 - 52:14
- A last piece of advice Kevin would like to share with any survivors who are listening 52:14 - 54:36
- Outro 54:36 - 55:28
- Support The Heart Warrior Project 55:28 - 56:27
Note that The Heart Warrior Project is run by one guy, which is, yes, me.
Like most people, I have bills to pay.
If you have found or come to find anything helpful or insightful here on the website, please consider supporting The Heart Warrior Project.
If you are a survivor, I would recommend buying either a Heart Warrior t-shirt or a Heart Warrior mug—or both!
I, together with an illustrator, created the design for them (and we’re working on more cool designs to come).
Both the t-shirt and the mug are made from durable and quality materials, and don’t they look just great?! Of course, these are just suggestions, but I do not think you will regret having them.
I personally love wearing the t-shirt myself. And I drink my coffee every day out of my Heart Warrior mug.
If the t-shirt or mug doesn’t speak to you, there are a few other ways to support The Heart Warrior Project:
- DONATIONS: The project accepts donations. Anything, even as little as 1 dollar, can help me keep this project alive.
- AFFILIATE LINKS: If there are any links to a product mentioned in an article or podcast episode and you are interested in buying it, consider doing so through the provided link. Likely, it will be an affiliate link. What is an affiliate link, you ask? Basically, it is a link where I could earn a small commission if someone buys the product through that link. Buying through this link will not cost you anything extra.
- SPREAD THE WORD: If you like what I am doing here, you could always simply spread the word about this project to anyone you think might benefit. It would help a lot.
Choosing any of these ways to support this project will truly help me a lot in putting out more content and building The Heart Warrior Project further.