I never thought of myself as strong or unique or special in any way. I have certainly proven myself wrong.
I woke up today and it was a big deal. In fact, the last five years have been full of bonus days. Waking up each day has been a really big deal!
As I sprawled in my hospital bed — feeling permanently dazed — with slurred, labored speech I tried to describe how I felt to my wife and sons. It felt, I said, like a cross between a brutal barroom beating and a spiritual awakening.
An avid runner before his quadruple bypass surgery, Bobby Miller wanted to get back to that healthy habit as quickly as possible.
Kelly and Michael Blumenthal were excited for the arrival of their second child, Finn. At their 19-week pregnancy scan, they learned he had heart disease.
Heart patient Lori Ann Wood notices fateful coincidences between her own life and the timelines of advances in science that ultimately saved her life.
Mark Ridder found out he had a heart murmur at age 14. He didn’t have a diagnosis — bicuspid aortic valve stenosis — till he was 42. It didn’t get fixed till he was 60.
Poppy Sundeen knew her mother had heart problems, but she never considered the sore on her leg was a clue. She learned about peripheral artery disease (PAD) the hard way.
Both her parents expected they were getting a beautiful, healthy baby girl. A couple days later, they were told that their baby had a heart murmur in the aortic valve.
Ruth Mercado didn’t feel her doctor was taking her symptoms seriously. Because she works for the American Heart Association, she knew she needed to find a new doctor – thank goodness she did.
When he was a kid having heart surgeries in 1968 and 1973, no one explained anything about the procedures to him. Like other adults who had heart surgery as children, this contributed to traumatic flashbacks and more.