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 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 ...
Sep 20 2012
Little Jake's Heart of Gold
I had take my daughter to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia every six months to monitor her juvenile arthritis. Occasionally after a visit, my daughter would feel a little down, but would perk up after sometime and a little pep talk. Ho...
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 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 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 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 21 2012
My Congestive Heart Failure Prognosis
Living while knowing that your heart is failing is very hard however actually facing my congestive heart failure prognosis was scary. When I first heard the term congestive heart failure I was too shocked to ask all of the question necessary to...