5.0 out of 5 starsThis book will inspire you!
By Jim the Runner on July 17, 2016
Kindle Edition Verified Purchase

You come back from the doctor and he tells you have a AAA aneurysm. What is that?!!! The author is a man of perfect health, who did marathons and ironman triathlons. He finds out he has a ticking time-bomb in his belly, ready to rupture. He covers the initial shock, how to handle the surgery event, post surgery, and how to get your life back. You will find out how fortunate you are to find this aneurysm before it ruptures and you bleed to death, inside your body. Knowledge is power and thanks to modern science, you will be saved by a dacron stent. The author will walk you through most of the questions that flood your brain, after the doctor breaks the news to you. If your aneurysm is not in the danger zone (>5 cm), you will get tips on what you can do to help yourself keep the aneurysm in the safe zone. If are in the danger zone, you can look at some of the surgery options. He will talk about EVAR surgery, where your surgeon doesn't have to cut you open, but uses this minimally invasive alternative with a high success rate. He will go over your attitude, and how you can get back to doing most all the activities you did before. He will point out some extreme activities you should avoid. Lastly he will show how he was able to recover his life back, to the point where he could do the Ironman Triathlon again (swimming 2.4 miles, biking 112 miles and running 26.2 miles). He provides links to other helpful sites. After you read this, it will give you confidence that you too can get your life back. It worked for me. I am back running again and I love it." Jim the Runner

GO TO THIS FACEBOOK LINK, and meet other people with aortic disease. For understanding, friendship, inspiration and encouragement.

FitOldDog's Body Awareness Training Videos
To Reclaim Your Life And Your Sport, Safely!

Water running, with or without a float, is a great way to train safely. It can be incorporated into your long run training, to reduce impact stresses.”

Video by Rick and FitOldDog

Ironman Triathletes

"Loose shoulders are critical for healthy movement. Tight shoulders can lead to plantar fasciitis and other issues. Try this Feldenkrais exercise to get your shoulder blades moving.

Karen Dold

Feldenkrais Instructor

How to safely get out of a chair? Really? Yep! Most people just don't know all the options. Such study can make healthy aging fun, and much less of a challenge  - enjoy”

FitOldDog, Loves to Learn!

Vegan Ironman Vet

Spreading your toes is essential for free movement of your feet. It also encourages arch health, and can improve your running. Yoga Toes really help the process. You can use your fingers to separate your toes, if you prefer.”

Rebecca Amis Lawson

Professional Dance Teacher and Body Movement Expert

I learned this trick from Victor, of BicycleLab, where you can find some great cycling podcasts. Knee problems on the bike?, freeing up heel float may fix the problem. Knees don't always track along a straight line; let them flow naturally.”

FitOldDog, New Trick

Recommended by Victor
Cycling and Bike Design Guru

Feldkrais fixed my knee, where everyone else failed. I went to doctors, chiropractors, physical therapists, run coaches, acupunturists, massage therapists, and only Karen, my Feldenkrais Instructor worked out what was going on - GUARDING!

FitOldDog and Feldenkrais

Feldenkrais is remarkable.

“I use the elliptical trainer to warm up. I used to do this on the rowing machine, but deep hip flexion is a bad idea. You can displace your stent, rowing - yes, it's happened. It is important to understand your condition, then you will be able to exercise safely. I had to work this out for myself, much to my surprise.”


Safe Exercise Enthusiast.

Stretching and rolling are as much a part of safe exercise, as nutrition and good technique (and sleep, and smiling a lot). I recommend stretching hamstrings and rolling calves. Each muscle is different, so have a conversation with them. You learn a lot by listening to your body. This is a big part of body-awereness training.”


Loves his rollers!

“Involve your surgeon in your exercise program, if they have time - which they don't. If you break your stent or aorta, again, you had better find a good surgeon. I did, in Tara Mastracci, of the Cleveland Clinic. Tara put FitOldDog back together again. That was a trip. Bike wreck at World's Half Ironman Championships!”

Tara Mastracci

Endovascular Surgeon

Inspiration and Motivation From Impressive People

Not only is Rick a great swimmer, and swim trainer of FitOldDog, he's fighting Type I diabetes. His answer is endurance training, and careful glucose monitoring.”

Rick Fee

Ironman Triathlete

"Pauline Carol Watson, great athlete. Pauline introduced me to her AAA Awareness Page. Both Pauline and her husband Bob, visited me before my second surgery - and Pauline beat me at Eagleman!

Pauline Carol Watson

Swimmer, Triathlete

Benjamin Carey ran the NYC Marathon, with his surgeon, one year after open heart surgery to repair an ascending aortic aneurysm. Read about his adventure, in Barefoot In November.”

Benjamin Carey


“FitOldDog, with a copy of the stent that keeps him alive. A Cook Zenith. I gain tremendous inspiration and encouragement from people like Rick, Pauline, Kurt and Benjamin. We all help each other.
Never give up!”
The Creation of FitOldDog


Old Dogs in Training

Kurt, battling cancer, is in his 70s. He's a little older than FitOldDog, but he goes by me in races. Usually on the bike. I meet all sorts of great people on the Ironman course, providing me with essential inspiration, to keep moving!

Kurt Kahl

Ironman Triathlete

Testimonials on Amazon For FitOldDog's
Surgery Recovery Guide

Incisive and gentle guide by someone who has been there. Things you might not have thought of, and a careful and considered way forward after surgery on an abdominal aortic aneurysm. Links to his blog and other books that can help you find courage and your best self."

Tucker Whitson Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm 

After being diagnosed with an Ascending Aneurysm I needed all the information that i could get on Aorta issues. This book has everything you need to know not only about the issue but what might come next with surgery. A must read if you've been diagnosed with an Aorta Aneurysm or know someone who has. Kevin has been a great help to all of us who have the issue and need someone to talk to or ask questions on this silent killer. A must read."

"3 weeks ago I was diagnosed with a dilated ascending aorta. Fear is now a part of my life. Kevin has done a great service for those of us who must journey down this road by shining a light on how best we can prepare ourselves. It's an easy read. Generous with links to other book recommendations, support groups and other individuals who have not only survived, but thrived after their surgeries."

Good Jack

  Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm


When it comes to reclaiming your life with a stent, there are lots of issues to address - you have to carefully consider all the the benefits and the risks.

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