This year, for Rock the Red, I brought on fellow survivors who were willing to share their stories. Ladies whom I crossed paths with in an online support group for Women with heart disease. For years, I didn’t participate in any sort of support group; always thought I had things under control. But like anyone with a chronic illness or disease, it helps to have that extra support from others going through similar situations – a reminder that you to are not alone in the fight. I’d like to introduce Andrea. Andrea has recently begun her journey dealing with heart disease, but with her positive attitude and children by her side, she’s tackling this challenge one day at a time.
I would love to share my story!!! I am a 41yo women recently diagnosed with stress induced cardiomyopathy on December 6th, 2019. This is my third round of fighting CHF due to cardiomyopathy with my current EF at 20-25%. I will never quit fighting and plan to be around for my children as long as I can! The hardest part was not being able to work (as a 17 year veteran teacher) and bring my own kids to school with me. CHF is a condition that does change your life, but it does not define who you are or can be!!! It is a part of my daily life with medication, diet, and limited activity. I am even wearing a Life Vest while the medicine is working to heal my heart. I am strong, positive, and surviving CHF one beat at a time!
Wishing you well, Andrea!! Thank you for sharing your story!! Stay strong, girl!!