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Share Your Story: Sally M.

by Grace H. on Friday, September 14, 2012

Sally, Montana

Shortness of breath, insomnia, and headaches. At 34 years old I wasn't sure what was going on, but it continued to get worse. When I was finally diagnosed with pulmonary arterial hypertension, the cardiologists confirmed that I have congenital heart disease with a hole in my heart the size of a peach pit that I have had since birth. I was an athlete in school; yet the doctors told me that I was the type of kid that should have died on the basketball court. I have been on oxygen 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for two years now but physicians are still not sure what can be done to fix my heart. I've had several cardiac catheterization and echocardiograms but we still don't have the answers. You can understand why heart research is so important not only to me, but to many others. I have great support from my family and friends, but a day doesn't go by, that I'm not concerned about my future.