Heart Disease

Heart to Heart
Heart to Heart

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 ...

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  • 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 ...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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 ...

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  • 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 ...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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After surviving a heart attack, Nefertari has devoted her life to promoting heart health awareness.

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