In this first-person account, author Eric Douglas examines his own recovery from open-heart surgery and the road back to health and fitness as a Heart Survivor. In January 2016, Douglas failed a stress test and ultimately had quintuple bypass surgery. Looking back over the previous year, he recognized many times that he denied symptoms and ignored the possibility that his heart was in trouble. Following the surgery, Douglas made two promises: to be as public as he could about his own recovery process so others could learn from it; and to get back in shape so he could return to scuba diving. You can find out more about his journey in a series of newspaper articles and columns he wrote for Scuba Diving Magazine on his Heart Disease and Diving page. Douglas’ story is for anyone diagnosed with heart disease whether they are treating their condition with diet and medications, received stents to open arteries or have had open-heart surgery. To further illustrate the recovery process,…
Douglas’ Mike Scott stories are two books in one: An exciting adventure and a travelogue of exotic places we’d all like to visit. I enjoy how he seamlessly works the geography, history, and even the best places to drink, into the story.
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Just finished it! (Oil and Water) I loved it, every bit! It’s a fast, fun exciting read! Diving with Mike Scott is always an adventure and he’s latest is full of intrigue and excitement.
This novella captured my interest from the first paragraph and held it until the final sentence. I devoured this novella in about the same time I’d take diving a reef in Grand Cayman (with nitrox), enjoying every minute.
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The following is the second excerpt from the Mike Scott thriller novel, Cayman Cowboys. See the first excerpt here. ### Mike plunged into the warm, clear water and could instantly see why Tanya was so excited about this dive site and why she had wanted him along. It instantly reminded him of the way the […]
"Can you dive again after open-heart surgery? Author Eric Douglas tells the true story of his signs and symptoms of heart disease, and his road to recovery." I am working with Scuba Diving Magazine to produce an online series specific to heart disease and diving. We will release a new installment each month covering my recovery process. My goals are A) help others avoid coronary artery disease; B) help anyone facing coronary artery disease know what to expect; C) get myself back in diving … Read more
Memories of the Valley: FestivALL Oral Histories is a selection of personal stories captured during FestivALL 2015, 2016 and FestivALL Fall 2016. Eric Douglas recorded dozens of oral histories from Charleston and Kanawha Valley residents. FestivALL is city-wide and multi-arts and serves its mission through its 12-day June FestivALL, an October weekend FestivALL Fall and other programming … Read More