GRAND ISLAND – On May 25th Brian Sybrandts’ life changed.
Two weeks ago to the day, the Northwest varsity wrestling coach suffered a heart attack with doctors discovering his LAD artery was 100-percent blocked. Now Sybrandts is on the mend and grateful for all the support shown to him and his family during the trying time.
“I think it’s been a wakeup call to a lot of people because I’m only 43 years old,” Sybrandts shared. “A lot of people have reached out to me in text messages, Facebook, phone calls, and cards. The support has been just great…I live in a great community of Grand Island and a lot of people have reached out to us.”
After experiencing chest pain Sybrandts made two separate visits to St. Francis before a doctor on staff suggested that he stay overnight.
“Nobody likes to stay in a hospital so I kinda wanted to fight it a little bit, but I ended up going up stairs and they checked me in. Within two hours or less I had a heart attack in the hospital. I’m very thankful that I was there, am I’m just glad that the team that came in to work on me did a great job.”
Sybrandts says the support he and his family received has been tremendous during his recovery. More than 100 visitors stopped by to see him in the hospital, and after he returned home there was no shortage of prepared meals thanks to a Meal Train organized by Northwest wrestling parent Kevin Fries.
“I’ve had numerous people just bring by meals or gift cards for us…a lot of people just jumped onboard right away with it, just wanting to help us out, which was an awesome deal.”
On the road to recovery, Sybrandts has switched to a low sodium diet and is participating in cardiac rehab.
“You got to take it one day at a time. Tomorrow is never promised, that’s the way I look at things now…I’m very thankful to be alive.”