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.
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 ...
Sep 17 2012
A Daily Checklist
We all have our daily routines, and over time, these tasks become like a second nature. However, I have to admit that even after four years, taking my daily heart medication alludes me at times. I do well most of the month. Every Sunday, I sit ...
Sep 10 2012
The 2012 Presidential Election and My Health
The upcoming presidential election is a big one for me, not because there is a candidate with a certain skin color or one of a particular religion, butbecause now I have to look at this election through the eyes (and with the heart) of a disable...
Sep 06 2012
One Day Up, Two Days Rest
Four years ago, I experienced a SCAD (spontaneous coronary artery dissection), which lead to my development of heart disease. Because everything happened so quickly, it has taken me a while to accept how much this event has changed my life.Be...
Aug 31 2012
Coping with Depression After Heart Attack
After a heart attack, some people -- though not all -- are left disabled. Perhaps it's due to the emotional effects of the pain and suffering from such a traumatic experience, or the actual physical damage done to the heart muscle itself. As ...
Aug 24 2012
Heart Disease and People Pleasers
Most people wouldn't think that a thin, athletic, energetic 34-year-old mother of five would have any risk factors for heart disease. And I didn't. At least, not the usual ones, but looking back, I believe that certain behaviors may have put me ...
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 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...
May 04 2012
It’s Still Me
When you’re married and have children, in a relationship, or even with friends, you may find yourself in a position to comfort your loved ones during or after your life-threatening illness. I’ve had such a wonderful support system through my to...