A Most Unusual Introduction
Tuesday, October 25, upon return from a 3-week tour of Europe, Ed Foreman, feeling less than his usual energetic self, and experiencing shortness of breath, went by the office of Dallas Dr. William Downs for a quick diagnosis… thinking he might be experiencing a touch of pneumonia.
Instead, the doctor told Ed that his breathing difficulty appeared to be a very low heart rate coupled with his long-diagnosed atrial fibrillation, and that he was at imminent health risk needing immediate attention.
Ed told him about his commitment to speak at the Global Information Network Convention here in the Bahamas today (Saturday, October 29, 2011)… and that upon his return to Dallas next week, he would schedule to meet with a cardiologist. The doctor replied solemnly, “You might not return to Dallas.” Insistent that he be seen by a cardiologist immediately, Dr. Downs put Ed in a wheelchair and pushed him down the hall for an EKG and evaluation by cardiologist, Dr. Larry Poliner… who confirmed the heart diagnosis… and recommended immediate surgery to implant a pacemaker into Edâ€™s chest.
“Which is more important, your life or a speaking commitment?,” the doctors asked. Ed said, “If you can perform the operation immediately and allow me to honor my commitment, I will agree to the operation.” At 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, less than 72 hours ago, Ed underwent surgery for a heart pacemaker implant and is here to keep his commitment.
Welcome, ED FOREMAN!
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Ed spoke to the 2,000 attendees… an energetic 1-hour and 30-minute presentation, interrupted by 12 standing ovations… and continues his active travel and speaking schedule today… his 3-day SUCCESSFUL LIFE Course, motorcycle riding and related activities. He has NO plan to retire until he “kicks the bucket,” and is optimistic and hopeful that will not be anytime soon!