My Journey with Postpartum Cardiomyopathy
I have a liberal studies degree from Penn State University. I am living in California and Georgia. I'm a 27-year survivor of Postpartum Cardiomyopathy (PPCM), public speaker, author, podcast host of "Cardiac Emergency for Pregnant Women" show, mother of 2 adult children and a proud grandmother to a 10-year-old grandson name Jayden, 6-year-old granddaughter name Juliana and a 4-year-old grandson name Sam.
I have Postpartum Cardiomyopathy (PPCM) since 1992, I was given six months to live, had an ejection fraction (EF) of 3% and a B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) of 2500+. I had no idea what it was or why it was happening to me. It is still little to no information about what causes this deadly disease with no cure in sight. I had several heart-related setbacks. My heart has relapsed 15 times. Had a defibrillator implanted in 2010, a very silent heart attack in 2012, open heart surgery in 2013 and 2019, stage 4 heart failure, and LVAD surgically implanted in 2019. I am currently waiting for a heart transplant.
Eight years ago, I decided to create a podcast show called "Cardiac Emergency For Pregnant Women," a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization call Fight Against Peripartum and Postpartum Cardiomyopathy Inc., a Facebook community call PPCM Fighters- and a website-Fight PPCM at to making pregnancy safe for every women in the world, promote awareness and bring support to Peripartum and Postpartum Cardiomyopathy (PPCM) survivors and families.
It is vital that women, pregnant or otherwise, can be armed with the right tools and experience so they can be aware of and reduce the rate of PPCM. Knowledge is power, and when you have all of the facts, you can become an activist, advocate, and educator to spread the word about PPCM and inspire others to make heart health a No. 1 priority.
Now you know why the fight against Peripartum and Postpartum Cardiomyopathy is so important to me.
"Save a heart...Save a life."
Cardiac Emergency For Pregnant Women
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