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.
May 02 2012
What Can Go Wrong Sometime Does
Because of my rare, life-threatening heart condition, I took up writing to comfort myself. And then I noticed that some people were interested in what I had to say. Recently, I was given this opportunity to be Healthline.com’s heart health advo...
Apr 26 2012
Edema Is No Match for My Pumps!
On a recent visit to my cardiologist, he informed me that I must cut down my fluid intake. I already take two diuretics per day. However, after experiencing two episodes of flash pulmonary edema (when your lungs suddenly fill up with fluid), I’...
Apr 24 2012
Dealing with my Diagnosis
Returning home to four children with a new baby and a failing heart was not an easy task. I was a very sick mother of five. When I first got home from the hospital, I went straight to bed. I was barely able to walk or talk, yet I had a n...
Apr 16 2012
Man (and Wo-Man's) Best Friend
Before my diagnosis of heart disease, I told my five children "No!" whenever they asked for a pet—especially a puppy. There seemed to be a pet shop near every store we went to with the world’s cutest pups staring at us from the windows with th...
Apr 16 2012
Grocery Shopping: Only if I Have To
Grocery shopping with a weakened heart can be a challenge. Although I know that as a person with a heart condition, I should seek help and accept support whenever it’s offered, there are times when I have to get the job done on my own. Sometime...
Apr 11 2012
Outlook Affects Outcome
I was diagnosed with a sudden coronary artery dissection while I was nine months pregnant. Although 10 doctors told me that I’d have to choose between my baby’s life and my own, the expression on my face didn’t change. I knew that I had no control...
Apr 09 2012
Welcome to "Heart to Heart"
Hello, my name is Nefertari Nelson-Williams and I’m a heart patient blogger. I’m writing this blog so that I can reach out to the world and scream "Heart disease is the number one killer in the United States and we’re not taking it anymore!" T...