My story over the past couple of months has been tumultuous at best. I almost died, suffered a major quality of life set back and wrote and released a new single with remixes. All of which, I am thankful every day to be alive, and to be a music maker. A little over a year ago, I developed atrial fibrillation (in layman’s terms, irregular heart rhythm) after receiving the second COVID 19 shot. Given my clean heart medical history, and with no family history of heart disease, it took approximately 7 months, and half a dozen doctors to correctly diagnose the issue. In December 2021, my cardiologist felt an elective procedure, called a heart ablation, had a 90% chance of curing me, given the early stages of my disease. This procedure scars tissue in your heart to block the irregular signals. These are scary procedures, however, it is very common and performed daily as an outpatient procedure. After much thought, I decided the odds were in my favor and scheduled the procedure in-between projects this year. The day had come, and the surgery went well, However, in recovery, my heart had decided it had a mind of its own. I became the small percentage that overreacted to the ablation.
Within three and half hours, the sac around my heart and lungs had filled with so much inflammatory liquid that I was unable to breath, feel my arms or hands, and then, the dreaded blood pressure dropped to 40. I was dying. Over the course of the next two hours, emergency surgery was performed, my chest was punctured to extract the fluid around the heart. While the procedure was successful, the road to recovery is still my journey. My left lung has collapsed, now forcing me to retrain my lungs how to breathe and open back up. Simple things like bending down, are now a goal. This may sound like a sad story, but in fact, it is quite the opposite. When you are faced with impossible tasks, and near-death experiences, you have a rare moment in time to see magic.
My first glimpse of magic was when I arrived home after days in the ICU. The outpouring of love, gifts, sentiments was incredible. Never had I seen so much caring and genuine kindness. It touched my soul, deeply. The songwriter in me took phrases like, “it’s like livin’ a dream, have you next to me,” and “you’re so perfect to me,” to have a new a completely different meaning to them. Produced by Kevin Rockhill, ‘Perfect,’ exudes the emotions I felt from those surrounding me with hope and perseverance. I believe that without true passion inside, people will not feel that affection in your songwriting. Perfect was created to bring those soft, tender feelings that often stay hidden from others, and bring them front and center. I was also lucky to grab the Bimbo Jones Duo for an amapiano remix and Kitt Wakeley for a delicious deep house mix.
My journey will continue, I have no doubt. But now, I see the road a little differently. Giving up is not something that a person can do when you have the strength of an army of friends and family behind you. They will not allow you to stop, and I for one, never want to disappoint them. Sometimes, the impossible makes everything possible.
Kim Cameron is a high-energy, 2-time Top 20 Billboard chart-topping deep house sound who has toured around the world. She is an award-winning songwriter and film maker. She performed for the NFL twice (Giants, Redskins), National League (Marlins Baseball), touring across the U.S., Caribbean, Europe and China, in addition to being a featured artist at several prominent international music festivals including Xiamen Music Festival in China, Dubrovnik Wave Festival (Croatia), Komen’s for a Cure (Miami) over the past 14+ years. (www.Kimcameronmusic.com).