What began as a normal day back in June of 2010 turned into a day that would change Steve Bange’s life forever. He lifted weights that morning, and then went to what was supposed to be a standard doctor’s appointment
before his scheduled carpel tunnel surgery. However, Steve’s routine EKG showed irregularities, so an Echocardiogram was ordered.
The doctors discovered an aortic aneurysm. What is normally the size of a ping pong ball was the size of a baseball. In July of 2010, Steve underwent open heart surgery in order to repair the aneurysm with a synthetic sleeve. The surgeons said that his was the most severe case of aortic aneurysm they had ever seen in a living person. Steve went through Cardiac Rehab at Sentara RMH, and then he enrolled in the Pro Ex program here at the Wellness Center. By October of that year, Steve had returned to his regular workout routine, which by the way, is pretty intense.
Steve arrives promptly at 5:15am Monday through Friday, and at 7:00am on Saturdays; 3 days a week he swims for one hour, 2 days a week he lifts weights for one hour, and 1 day a week he does one hour of cardio. Steve says working out is as routine as brushing his teeth...he has to start his day with a workout.
He is self-inspired as he does not want to fall victim to the couch or the fridge! He motivates himself to stay involved and maintain a healthy mind and body. This focus serves as a positive component for Steve’s profession as a High School science teacher. A job he has held for over 29 years! He likes he students and loves to teach them about what is going on around them. He enjoys empowering the kids to do research and make discoveries of Geology, Astronomy, and Biology. Being surrounded by children is a part of his home life as well.
Steve and his wife Lisa have 6 kids and 5 grandchildren to keep them busy. Steve acknowledges his family relationships as his best achievement to date. Having a happy and healthy relationship with Lisa and his children is a part of his belief system of faith, family and friends.
Congratulations Steve — we are honored to have you as our April Member of the Month!