After surviving a rare coronary artery dissection and massive heart attack while nine months pregnant, Nefertari has devoted her life to uplifting other heart patients and promoting heart health awareness.
Aug 17 2012
Heat, Fluids, and Congestive Heart Failure
I've a been heart attack survivor for about 4 years now. When I was battling for my life in the critical care unit of the hospital at The University of Pennsylvania, I went into a condition called flash pulmonary edema. This happens when the hear...
Aug 10 2012
An Ounce of Prevention
One of the things I have learned since my heart attack is that avoiding (or at least learning how to manage) stress is one of the best things we can do for our overall health, and especially for heart health. But how? From work to raising a family...
Aug 08 2012
"Going Red" to Raise Awareness for Heart Disease
There was a casting call held at a nearby Mall here in New Jersey. The American Heart Association was looking for women living with heart disease to tell their stories as part of their"Go Red for Women" campaign.I was nervous, but I attended. As I...
Aug 03 2012
Imitation of Health
One day, while eating a blueberry "flavored" muffin, I had a slight revelation: just because a food tastes or smells like the real thing, that's not necessarily the case. And more often than not, foods that imitate the flavors and look of the real...
Aug 02 2012
Lessons from Aurora
"Every hug from a family member, every laugh we share with friends" ...that's the beginning of a quote by Jessica Ghawi, a vibrant young lady who was killed during a mass shooting that took place in a Colorado movie theater last month.Life is so v...
Jul 24 2012
The Whole Story
It was Sunday, June 8th, 2008, and I wasnine months into my fifth pregnancy. I was relaxing at home, watching some television, when it happened.As I rolled over to get up, I felt a pain stronger than I had ever felt before. This was my fifth pregn...
Jul 11 2012
What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stronger
The phrase "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger" took a whole new meaning when I actually had a heart attack and survived. Although it took time, I can see a difference in my attitude towards life. I felt as though I was always a posit...
Jul 09 2012
Being a Mother with a Semi Broken Heart
On a normal day I would need the energy of six college athletes just to keep up with all of the activities and chores needed to maintain my lifestyle as a mother of five children. However, I don't have that energy--it's just little old me and m...
Jun 26 2012
A Hard Pill to Swallow
Dealing with a chronic disease is difficult enough. It's even harder when you have to take multiple medications. When I was first released from the hospital with a diagnosis of heart disease I was told to come back within two days to have my ...
Jun 25 2012
I normally write about the disabling effects of my heart attack. However, the event that caused my heart attack was sudden coronary artery dissection (SCAD). SCAD is a rare event that happens to women. Most of us that are afflicted by SCAD are g...