In honor of National Aortic Dissection Awareness day I want share part of this incredibly strong woman’s story. “If you would have told me that at 28 years old I’d be in the hospital having emergency open-heart surgery, I probably would’ve curled up in a ball on the couch binging Gilmore Girls on loop. I was working at home on a sunny Monday afternoon in December when I fainted several times and my medical miracle began. A few hours after being rushed to the hospital – laying cold, thirsty, and turning gray in the ER – we were told that I had an aortic dissection. The main artery to my heart had an aneurysm that ruptured and blood was slowly pooling into the sac around my heart.
In the United States, there are fewer than 200,000 cases of aortic dissections per year and 96-99% of these cases end in death. I also have Loeys-Dietz Syndrome which affects one in a million people – so I’m #blessed. Most aortic dissections go undetected and people with Loeys-Dietz Syndrome with an aortic dissection usually die before age 26. In my case, it was a true miracle.” There is so much more to this brave woman’s story that will be up on the blog soon with so many more inspiring images.