Two babies later...At age 24, I was single and living alone. I began working on certification for personal fitness training. I slept alot but just assumed I was depressed. I went to the doctor for a sinus infection, but left the doctor appointment with a referral to a cardiologist because he "heard something wrong" with my heart. Feeling awkward because I thought I was healthy, I had an echocardiogram and cardiac catheterization which resulted in a diagnosis of ideopathic cardiomyopathy and an ejection fraction of 37%. At that time, I was encouraged to terminate my exercising and I was referred to a doctor for preparation for a heart transplant. The doctor that I met with (a female doctor) started me on a medication regimin with a beta blocker and an ace inhibitor. The transition to the medication was difficult because I was even more tired all the time now. The medication did stabilize my cardiac condition and was monitored constantly. I had wonderful doctors at that time and then after I moved. After attending graduate school in psychology, I got married at age 30. I became pregnant with my first son at age 33 and had a wonderful support team of doctors that guided me safely through my pregnancy. Lehigh Valley Hospital displayed my story with my doctors in their monthly health magazine. At age 37, I gave birth to my second son and again with wonderful support from my doctors. Soon after, my doctor was concerned about an increase in my PVCs so I had a cardiac ablation which was unsuccessful. A few years later, my doctors sent me to another hospital to attempt another ablation which was successful and I titrated my medication.
At the present time, I am med free and I am persistent about exercising and eating healthy because I was blessed with my two sons and was given a second chance. In addition to a full supporter of Go Red For Women, I have been researching how to incorporate my career as a Licensed Professional Counselor with supporting others diagnosed with heart conditions, especially because I did not have access to any resources when I was given my diagnosis at a young age.