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The Accidental Vegan

I was accidently a vegan twice as a child. The third time was a choice.

When I was six years old, I had open heart surgery to repair a massive whole in my heart. For about a year afterwards, I couldn't stomach any kind of meat or dairy. Even my beloved tuna fish sandwich made me queasy. Eventually the feeling wore off and I began eating pizza and macaroni and cheese like most of my friends.

Seven years later, when I was 13, the queasiness began to come back. I wouldn't eat anything but veggie subs for about 3 months. My parents probably spent $3000 at Subway that summer. Fall came and I started my first year of high school, but my health was declining rapidly.

By October I could barely walk. That is when we discovered I was in full blown heart failure. I was given three months to live unless I received a heart transplant.

I obviously received the amazing gift of a new heart, or I wouldn't be alive to write this article. At 25, I now choose to live a whole foods vegan lifestyle to combat coronary artery disease. I couldn't be healthier or happier.

Looking back I see the strange correlation between my sickness and animal products. By no means do I believe that eating pizza caused my 13 year old heart to die, but I do wonder if my body was trying to tell me something. It seems my body fought off animal products the same way it fights a flu bug. No serious science behind this, I just thought it was interesting.

Has anyone else had a similar experience?

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  1. Veganara
    Voted. Great blog, your story is quite amazing! Congratulations on your recovery, you are doing absolutely the right thing by staying vegan. I always see veganism as a holistic ideology, fix one part of the problem and you are well on the way to fixing the whole. One of the reasons for being vegan is for your health, besides helping animals, the planet and humans. You might like my recipe for Houmous and Spout Pitta Pockets, btw!
  2. Akanksha
    Good Blog!
  3. evalovesbend
    Wow what a story - thank you for sharing. Voted:)
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  4. Virtually Homemade
    Virtually Homemade
    Great post! Voted
    1. The Vegan Menu
      The Vegan Menu
      Thank you!


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