Many years ago, in 2004 in fact, I went to my primary doctor thinking that I was having an asthma attack. I would be super short of breath just walking up the stairs. I could hear sounds of fluid in my chest, so I just thought I was having asthma attacks. I was immediately sent to the emergency room because my blood oxygen was low. Next thing I know, I was being diagnosed with heart failure and would receive my first pacemake defibrilator the following year. The cardiologist had told me that I simply got a virus that attacked my heart and it would resolve itself in time. I would never have imagined that cardiomyopathy was genetic and would be passed to my youngest daughter, Ashley.
Fast forward to 2020. My daughter, Ashley began complaining of rapid heart rate, exhaustion, and simply a feeling of being unwell. She went to the urgent care AND her cardiologist simply to be told she was too young and likely just anxiety. Two short days later, my baby suffered a massive debilating stroke that would put her into advanced heart failure. She passed away three painful months later after fighting so hard to be here for her babies.
I Go Red for every woman who has been dismissed and uncounted. I Go Red because Ashley should be here today. I Go Red because heart disease is preventable if only we get the care we need and deserve!
Please Go Red with me... for your daughter, your mother, your sisters and your friends.