Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Month launched last Friday featuring “PHaces of Hope,” empowering and inspiring stories from a community of individuals with pulmonary hypertension (PH), their caregivers and health care professionals.

Every day of the month, the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) is posting “PHaces of Hope” on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. Due to the great response, PHA will continue to post PHaces into December so that everyone who wants to share their hope can be part of this year’s campaign.

To learn more about how to take part in the campaign and to access free resources and social media graphics, please visit PHAssociation.org/AwarenessMonth.  PHA is grateful for the sponsorship support provided by Actelion Pharmaceuticals U.S., Inc. for PH Awareness Month.

To view this week’s “PHaces of Hope” visit PHAssociation.org/PHaces:

Mike Naple (Mike was diagnosed with idiopathic PH related to congenital heart disease and sleep apnea in March 2016 after experiencing shortness of breath, exhaustion, fatigue, chest pains and rapid heart rate.)

“The PHighters I’ve met give me hope.” Read his story of HOPE.

LaKeshia Orr (LaKeshia was diagnosed with PAH in July 2017 after her supervisor took her to the hospital following weeks of breathlessness, dizziness and fainting episodes.)

“My hope is that I can help increase awareness for pulmonary hypertension (PH) from a place of strength and optimism.” Read her story of HOPE.

Neil Derheimer (Neil was diagnosed with idiopathic PH related to pulmonary veno-occlusive disease (PVOD) and sleep apnea in May 2017.)

“I got my life back, and it is a miracle.” Read his story of HOPE.

Sue-Ellen Finelt (Paul Finelt shares the story of his wife, Sue-Ellen, who was diagnosed with PH related to mixed connective tissue disease and who passed away in February 2017.)

“Please know, that through all the tough things you have to deal with, you can enjoy life!”

Read Paul’s story of Hope in memory of his wife, Sue-Ellen.

Carmen Lozada (Carmen was diagnosed with idiopathic PH in July 2007 after experiencing a strong headache, right heart pain, swollen legs, shortness of breath, dizziness and fainting.)

“Every day, I feel blessed for my life, supporting and empowering the PH community.”

Read her story of HOPE.

Aleksandra Ivanko-Deel (Aleksandra was diagnosed with PAH and a hole in her heart as a child in 1995.)

“I believe support, a good doctor, the right medication and hope make a big difference in a person’s life.”

Read her story of HOPE.