Hi, my name is Mary and this is my, and my family's, heart story. For me, it started in my early 20's with annoying palpitations and a racing heart. I had low exercise tolerance, in general, and sometimes exercise was the trigger for the episodes, but not always. The episodes were constant and they would last for days.Read More
When I was a small child, I suffered from asthma until the age of 2. After that, life was perfectly fine (health-wise) and at the age of 8, while debating between tap dancing or swimming, I took up competitive swimming. I quickly rose up the ranks in the swimming world, making it to the top of my age group in the Pacific Region, with many thanks to my top-notch swim club, Santa Clara Swim Club. I was awarded "Outstanding Swimmer" for the 10-and-under girls category in the Pacific Region, and I even made it to "Western Zones" (an all-star swim meet that only swimmers who were chosen would be allowed to attend) twice, when I was 10 and 12.
Unfortunately, it all came crashing down about six months after I turned 12.Read More
Be Aware: You are your best advocate!
This could have been a boring story with a patient living happily after, but that will not be my case. HCM has become a treatable disease. Obstruction and sudden death are partly beaten by active treatment and devices. But HCM can play tricks, which is problematic, especially if you are looked after by cardiologists who don’t specialize in cardiomyopathy.Read More
“Blimey, Kathryn. I must really be out of condition”.
I had just returned home from work on my old style racing bike. Riding to work on a bright summer’s morning was great as it was almost all down hill and what wasn’t downhill was flat. Not so pleasant coming back! Riding up Cliff Hill was the cracker but I pushed myself on thinking, ‘No pain, no gain’ but the pain in my chest was quite intense and I did wonder if I was overdoing it.Read More
His were the first pair of newborn eyes that I gazed into during those early seconds after his arrival into this world and the first time I knew love like I had never known before. I knew that being a mother would forever be the most important thing in my life. Looking back, I am happy that I did not know what would lie ahead with his health. During those getting to know you early years, he was the most cuddly and busy little rascal any parents would be proud to have.Read More