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My Journey with Postpartum Cardiomyopathy

Delivered my son on 07-25-1992

1992 - Diagnose with Postpartum Cardiomyopathy on 8 - 28 - 1992


1992 - My ejection fraction (EF) - 3% Given 6 months to live.

From 1992 to 2019 had 15 PPCM relapse

2010 - Implanted defibrillator.


2012 - Very silent heart attack.


2013 - Emergency open heart surgery to repair mitral valve. 

2019 - Entered end stage 4 heart failure

2019 - Second open heart surgery. Left ventricular assist device (LVAD)

surgically implanted

2019 - Currently waiting to be listed on  heart transplant list. 

2020- 02-On heart transplant list with Vanderbilt University Transplant Hospital


 2020-03- Received My New Heart. Thank You Vanderbilt Transport Hospital




About Me

   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- https://www.facebook.com/fightagainstPPCM and a website-Fight PPCM at http://www.fightppcm.org 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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Podcast Guest Reviews

Mary James, MD

"I was very impressed with Anner. Her continue determination in bringing forth awareness of PPCM is unstoppable".

Debra Bingham, DrPH, RN, FAAN

"I enjoyed working with Anner. I am always happy to help spread information that will help save women's lives"!

Lili A. Barouch, MD

"I found Anner easy to work with and the podcast went smoothly". Thanks!

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Angela Williams RN, DrPH

"Anner was a pleasure to work with. Her expert knowledge on PPCM was outstanding".

Sentor Karen Keiser

"Will leave review later today as soon as I can".

James Fett, MD

Anner, "thank you for all the work you are doing to promote an understanding of PPCM".

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Reporter Adriana Gallardo from Pro Publica brings to light the issues on Black Women Disproportionately Suffer Complications of Pregnancy and Childbirth. Let’s Talk About It.

About 700 to 900 women die each year from causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. And for every death, dozens of women suffer life-threatening complications.  Anner Porter discusses her life-threatening complications with Postpartum Cardiomyopathy.

Survivor's Speaking Panel on Postpartum Cardiomyopathy and Preeclampsia

Anner Porter shares her story on Postpartum Cardiomyopathy at The Promoting the Health of  Women and Newborn Conference - The California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative Care Conference in Napa California.

'If you hemorrhage, don't clean up': Advice from mothers who almost died Health Adriana Gallardo , Nina Martin , Renee Montagne ·NPR/ProPublica

Anner Porter discuss with Nina Martin of NPR/ProPublica the importance of "getting your health provider to listen" to patients medical concerns.

As a survivor that waged a long war against this condition, it is important for me to educate every woman in the world about Peripartum and Postpartum Cardiomyopathy (PPCM). Very excited to receive this award. I will continue to fight until there is a cure for this deadly disease that only attack pregnant women.

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