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.
Nov 15 2012
Puff, Puff, I'll Pass: Marijuana and Heart Disease
Although I have never indulged in the ever-so-popular pastime, recreational marijuana has been quite a hot topic in the media lately.For the first time in our nation's history, two states in our great country -- Colorado and Washington -- have v...
Nov 14 2012
The Aftermath of Sandy
As a New Jersey resident I was directly affected by the super storm hurricane Sandy that hit our shores October 26, 2012. Although I do not live near the beaches, my heart is still broken due to the horrible damage caused by the storm. These...
Oct 31 2012
Halloween -- specifically the trick-or-treating part -- is one of the most exciting times of year to some children.I enjoy it also. It involves two of my favorite things: crisp fall air and candy. For a mother of five with heart disease, thoug...
Oct 29 2012
Hurricane Sandy was considered a super storm over a week before she hit my New Jersey town.Our Governor, Chris Christie, sent out warnings and instructions as to how to behave and prepare during a hurricane. As a heart patient I took heed. I ...
Oct 26 2012
Vacationing with Heart Disease
My desire to meet Mickey Mouse earned a spot in my top three "must do/see" list after I had my heart attack. The idea of visiting Disney World in Orlando, Florida was well-received in my home, especially since my dear friend Ericka offered my ...
Oct 24 2012
On Being a Social Butterfly with Heart Disease
It took about two years after my heart attack to realize that I could and would actually enjoy a social life.My girlfriends tried several times to get me to leave the house for something more then scheduled appointments or life needs. I didn't ...
Oct 16 2012
Heart Disease Can Change Your Life
Suffering a life-threatening health scare can lead to many life-changing decisions. It can also change a family forever. When I worked for the Board of Education I was a healthy young mother, full of life. I made jewelry on the weekends and ...
Oct 12 2012
Keeping the Blood Flowing
Dealing with a chronic disease is difficult enough. It's even harder when you have to purchase and then take multiple medications.When I was first diagnosed with heart disease, it was gently explained to me that I would have to be on certain medic...
Oct 10 2012
Kind Words that Warmed my Wounded Heart
Before my heart attack (and before the five babies) I was a model in the Philadephia area fashion scene.I worked many fashion shows and I loved every second of it. My big break came when I was chosen to shoot with a world-renowned photographer nam...
Oct 04 2012
Stress and Congestive Heart Failure
As a heart patient my doctor often reminds me to avoid stress. He also has me on medications that keep my blood pressure and heart rate nice and low. I usually tease him by saying "Dracula could jump out of the closet and I probably wouldn't flinc...