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Share Your Story: Melissa Shelton

by Christy D. on Saturday, September 8, 2012

Melissa Shelton Missouri

At 18, I lost my sister, Shari to sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). She was a student at Mizzou, seemingly healthy, with a happy zest for life. We had big plans for Fall, when I would rush the same sorority and hopefully room with her.
At 30, with a young daughter, I started having some of the same symptoms, dizzy spells, tired often, and just didn’t feel right. After many attempts to have a doctor take my symptoms seriously, I was diagnosed with Cardiomyopathy and a heart rate that would at times exceed 200 bpm. I had a pacemaker/defibrillator implanted and was at high risk for SCA.

Of course, one of my biggest fears for my daughter, Corbin, has always been her heart. She has always seemed healthy enough, but so did my beloved sister Shari. In 2011, after some troubling symptoms, we visited Corbin’s Cardiologist, he ran tests, and some things seemed to be “developing”. The bottom line, as he described it, is not if she gets a pacemaker/defibrillator, rather when.  She is now a thriving student at Mizzou.