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My Story: Sheri Keck

by Pamela M. on Monday, July 14, 2014

Sheri Keck South Dakota

Sheri Keck is an active, 54 year old physical education teacher and a coach at Rapid City Stevens High School.  Her first indication of trouble came in the form of back pain after a road trip which she wrote off as fatigue from the long car ride. Less than two months later Sheri experienced unexplainable shoulder pain. 

Sheri’s Father died in his mid 50’s due to Coronary Artery Disease, so with a family history and the encouragement of her two daughters (who both happen to be cardiac registered nurses), Sheri went to the emergency room for testing.  The results showed a slight shadow and she was immediately put under the care of a cardiologist.  After more testing, an Aortic Aneurysm was discovered and Sheri was immediately sent to Mayo Clinic where she underwent open heart surgery.  Because of Sheri’s quick response and the excellent care she received from local physicians, Sheri has conquered the family history of heart disease and is able to continue with her active lifestyle.

Sheri uses her experience to speak out to help other women who might, like her, not recognize important symptoms. She wants her story to be a warning to women who often overlook cardiac symptoms. She wants women to ask questions and push for more tests when they suspect something isn’t right.

She plans to talk with her students in PE classes and is allowing science classes at her high school to show the video of the surgery. She hopes that others will be saved before an aneurysm can take their life.

“That’s what it’s all about – educating people,” Sheri said.

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