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Temple Woman's Life Changed After Heart Attack

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 (KCEN) -- We've all heard the saying home is where the heart is, and for Cheryl Hunka, that statement couldn't be more true.  She is a wife and working mother cherishes simple moments like cooking dinner with her twin boys Cole and Cody.

"They are nervous about me doing things. They're like mom you shouldn't be doing that or mom let me get that for you", said Hunka. And it's not because they question their mom's skills in the kitchen, their reasoning runs a bit deeper.

On December 28th, 2011 Cheryl suffered a heart attack at the age of 41. "I was active, healthy. We just came back from a snow skiing trip", Hunka said.

So when she started having symptoms she never thought she was actually having a heart attack.  "I didn't really know what it was. It was very noticeable but i thought maybe I was having a panic attack even thought it's like me to have one,  but i thought that's what it was because i am healthy.", said Hunka.
 
But four days later, the pain came back and Cheryl was rushed to the emergency room, taken into an operating room where she underwent triple bypass surgery.
Cheryl's heart attack was brought on by a blood clot, but what caused the blockage still remains a mystery. She suffered major damage to her heart and lives with a  an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator or ICD.  "It's what they call my walking paramedic. So if my heart stops beating it will shock my heart back into a normal rhythm, and it also acts as a pacemaker", said Hunka.

It's been almost three years since Cheryl's heart attack and she hasn't had any complications since. She works every day to make her heart stronger and that includes daily exercise. She also continues to main her heathly diet.. 
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