Patti’s story – New heart, new inspiration—crossing the finish line!
My grandfather died of pericarditis at the age of 36. MY teenage years were spent becoming familiar with cardiac units when my mother was in and out of the hospital. She was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy and lost her battle at the age of 47. It would be many years later that my sister Tami and I found out that we, too, had dilated cardiomyopathy. Unfortunately, Tami died last year at the age of 52 before she could make it to the transplant list. I spent the last week of her life by her side in the ICU.
I had a pacemaker when I was in my 20’s but strange as it sounds, it wasn’t because of a heart condition but a fainting problem that affected my heart. I wouldn’t find out until more than a decade later I had a much worse problem. My new cardiologist discovered that I had dilated cardiomyopathy. When I went into a-fib, he told me I should find a good heart transplant hospital. That was a shock.
I was now the one in and out of hospitals, like my mother before me, and our teenage daughter, Sarah, was visiting me. It felt like history repeating itself. I’ll never forget the day my Doctor turned to me, took my hand and said “it’s time to go on the transplant list”.
I hope that you will join me on June 14th to hear my story.