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My Open Heart Paperback – June 14, 2012

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From the Author

This book is a project that is near and dear to my heart, and one I've been preparing to write since I was a teenager. It allowed me to share my story with other children and adolescents growing up with heart disease or other chronic illnesses, as well as their parents.

I also wanted to write this book as a testimonial that I endured everything that was thrown at me in my life, and endured it all. I'm a survivor, and like countless other survivors, I am grateful to everyone who helped me survive. This includes my family, friends, doctors, teachers...the list goes on and on. This book is for them as well, to say "Thank you, for everything you did."

About the Author

Andrea Buginsky is a freelance writer with a BA in Mass Communication-Journalism from the University of South Florida. She has always wanted to be a published writer, and decided to try to write fantasy books for teens. The Chosen is her first book, and was released on December 14, 2010, to her delight. Andrea has written five more books since: * Nature's Unbalance: The Chosen, Book 2 * Striker's Apprentice: The Chosen, Book 3 * Destiny: New Avalon, book 1, a YA fantasy * Fate: New Avalon, book 2, a YA fantasy * My Open Heart, an autobiography of growing up with heart disease. She is currently writing the fourth book in The Chosen series. Andrea lives in Kansas with her family, which includes her two precious puppies. You can visit Andrea on her website or Google+ --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1477654690
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477654699
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,272,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This story was an excellent view of the authors life and her struggles with heart problems. She had these struggles
since birth and overcame all that was put into her way. She was a brave woman even as a child she was a fighter.
She also had the overwhelming support and love of her family and friends and husband, James. Not many of us get a
chance to deal with hardships with those around us who support us. Many times there are stories of just the opposite, so it
was refreshing to hear about a TRUE story where the victim does have LOVE, SUPPORT and understanding. Excellent, interesting
and very informative.
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This book does a seemingly good job at illustrating what it's like to live with heart disease. The author recounts her life and her struggles with a life inhibiting heart condition that she refuses to let rob her of her independence. Though she's made many sacrifices in the things that she can do, it would seem that she has always focused all of her energy on reaching the milestones that she sets for herself. It's an inspiring read that would truly appeal to anyone who shares similar challenges in life.
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Andi Buginsky's "My Open Heart is a wonderfully simple autobiography about a person who was born with a serious heart condition that she has had to contend with her entire life. What was originally thought to be a heart murmur turned out to be a rare combination of heart defects That cause oxygen-poor blood to flow out of the heart and into the rest of the body. If the body doesn't get enough oxygen, the person is always weak, tired and gets sick very easily.
As you read "My Open Heart," you learn a great deal about heart conditions and terms that you may hear from time to time. She talks about "Ventricular Tachycardia (V-Tach) which is a kind of heart attack. Her heart suddenly goes into a lethal rhythm and starts beating frantically. If it's not brought back to a normal heartbeat quickly, she may die. To correct this, she has an internal cardiac defibrillator (ICD for short) implanted into her body. The ICD is designed to detect the rapid rhythm, and if necessary paces her out of it. If pacing doesn't work, the ICD gives her heart an electric shock.
Does it hurt? "I will never forget the day I received the high shock for the first time. Before I had the implant, I read and watched videos about it. I heard people describe the hit to the chest. But I never expected what I felt that day."
"My Open Heart is a good read for young adults who know nothing about heart disease and want to learn. I was surprised at the clarity in the way she explained complex medical terms."
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My Open Heart is an inspirational book written from the heart. The author explains her courage and soul within this true story. I would definately recommend this book!
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The author tells off her life both growing up and now living as an adult with congenital heart disease. Ms. Buginsky explains this was written as encouragement for children and young adults facing the challenges of a chronic medical condition, and also for their parents. She certainly hit her mark with her inspiring story. Both her strength of character and the amazing outlook on life she has nurtured since childhood are most impressive. I think there is inspiration for everyone, not just for those with medical problems, and she shares a prospective from which we can all benefit. In the end, her joyous and at times playful nature shines through and her mantra will make you smile: "Reach for the stars and make your dreams come true".
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