A powerful journey from living with an artificial heart to a heart transplant....

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Meep Meep!

I got a new bike today!!

Now I'm sure most of you are wondering, how does one ride a bike with the artificial heart?

Good question.

Well, I have been going to cardiac rehabilitation for a few months now, I have improved significantly and I want to! I have my backpack with my controller, batteries, pager and cell phone. And I have my spare parts in a pouch attached to my bike seat. I have it all set up.

I would like to send a big BIG thank you to my parents. I would not be riding or pushing myself this way without their love and support.

I decided on a Rocky Mountain Fusion. Designed and tested in Canada. I like to call it Mango in colour with lots of other designs and colours. It's got great components and hydraulic disk brakes. I had narrowed down my decision to a different Rocky Mountain and I was convinced into trying this one.... well it certainly hit my sweet spot.... It just felt so good! Even the pedals and the way the chain sounded. I was sold within minutes.

My Dad is an avid bike rider and he has a Rocky Mountain as well. I'm proud to match! His bike is named Rocky. So mine is rightfully named Rockette. Here she is.

I went on my first bike ride since before May 2008 with the whole family! It was great! I certainly felt that I was working, but I didn't feel like I was doing something I shouldn't have done. Progress!


  1. This was an awesome bike ride! It was so amazing to see Andrea doing well on her "Rockette" after a tough last few years. We were thrilled! We thank Andrea for her continued positive thinking and pushing to get better! It's happening Hun!! You look wonderful now, and after the transplant it will get even better! Love you!

  2. I love that you can carry your 'spare parts!' (couldn't tell if they were for you or your bike). I have 2 replacement hips, which I refer to as my 'buns of steel!'
    You're looking good! Hang in there,