- By Dana Sparks
Sharing Mayo Clinic: Pedaling his way to a heart transplant
Greg Williams was faced with a choice. Cardiologists at Mayo Clinic in Rochester had told Greg the rare disease amyloidosis that had brought him into their care was progressing, and it would likely lead to life-threatening congestive heart failure within four years if he didn't get a heart transplant. Greg could either go home to Lauderdale, Minnesota, and leave what might have been the last years of his life to chance, or he could actively try to do something about it.
Greg chose the latter.
"I didn't know whether I'd truly just have the four years left or whether a heart transplant would become an option," Greg says. "Either way, I wanted to make the most out of the time I had. I researched everything I could on congestive heart failure, heart transplantation and amyloidosis. My mantra of sorts became: Chance favors the prepared mind, body and spirit."
In addition to his research, Greg changed his diet and started exercising in hopes of reversing his medical misfortune as much as he could. "I'd always been pretty active," he says. "I played Ultimate Frisbee for years. But after my diagnosis, I also started lifting weights, swimming and riding 14 miles on my Fat Tire bike three or four times a week."