The Emotional Struggle After a Cardiac Arrest | Brooke Jones (Checkup)

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In this checkup conversation, I had the pleasure of welcoming Brooke Jones back to the podcast.

These checkup episodes provide an opportunity for me to reconnect with guests who appeared on the show about a year ago, allowing us to catch up and see how they’ve been doing.

I know, from my own experience, that the journey of surviving a cardiac arrest can be really hard. Because while us survivors may smile, laugh and look normal from the outside, what we go through physically and emotionally is far from normal.

This conversation with Brooke is emotional and genuine. It delves into the ups and downs, the myriad of feelings, and the worries associated with surviving a cardiac arrest. However, it also illuminates the strength and resilience of individuals like us who have undergone such an experience. Despite the challenges we’ve faced, we strive to make the best of it all.

That’s why I called this initiative the Heart Warrior project, because people like Brooke are real warriors who continue to fight despite all of these adversities. So, Brooke, if you read this, thank you for being real and open during this conversation, and for sharing it with the world.

Timestamps of this episode:

  • Intro 00:0001:15
  • Reflecting on the Past Year 01:1603:46
  • The Emotional Impact and Uncertainty of New Test Results 03:4709:09
  • The Importance of a Second Opinion 09:1010:30
  • Losing Trust in Your Body and Incessant Testing 10:3114:49
  • Current Emotional Challenges: Accepting Changing Plans 14:5017:39
  • Combatting the Feeling of Being a Failure 17:4021:55
  • Support The Heart Warrior Project 21:5623:19
  • The Constant Fear of What Might Happen 23:2025:01
  • Feeling Like a Burden 25:0228:00
  • Trust Issues and Feeling Unsafe 28:0229:42
  • The Potential Benefits of an ICD 29:4331:33
  • Progress and Setbacks in Healing 31:3433:17
  • The Strength and Resilience of the New Brooke 33:1834:51
  • Being a Mom After Cardiac Arrest 34:5237:30
  • Managing Anxiety Without Medication 37:3140:51
  • Finding a Positive Spin on the Experience 40:5242:08
  • Becoming a CPR Instructor: Turning a Cardiac Arrest into Something Meaningful 42:0947:09
  • Unhelpful Pieces of Advice 47:1051:19
  • It Will Get Easier: Final Pieces of Advice 51:2055:25
  • Outro 55:2656:50
  • Support The Heart Warrior Project 56:5158:23

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:

  • BUY ME A COFFEE: If you think I deserve a coffee for the work I put into this project, you can support me with a virtual coffee on Ko-fi. What will I do with the proceeds? Well, due to my heart disease, I won’t be enjoying a cup myself. Instead, I’ll channel the funds into further project development. Anything, even as little as €2, can help me to 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.

Many thanks, 


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