Pam Vinesett of North Carolina served three years of active duty and 17 years in the army reserves. The mother of seven and grandmother of eight enjoys swimming, fishing and tubing with her husband. In 2014, she noticed shortness of breath and other pulmonary hypertension symptoms. Since her eventual diagnosis and other health challenges, she is doing well and teaches four to six Zumba classes a week.
Twelve years after her pulmonary hypertension diagnosis, Marcie McGregor credits her faith in God, her doctors and the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) for where she is today. Marcie shares her story for PHA’s spring fundraising campaign, which begins April 29.
Angela Donovan began experiencing shortness of breath in 2019. After she moved for a new career, her symptoms worsened. A work visit to an urgent care clinic led to her chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension diagnosis. She shares her story for Blood Clot Awareness Month.
“As Dean’s illness progresses, living each and every day is precious. We don’t take it for granted.” Georgette Bridger and her husband of 27 years, Dean, live in Suffolk, Virginia. Together they have four children and a dog Annabell. Dean was diagnosed with scleroderma in 1997 and pulmonary arterial hypertension in
Morgan Nuchols began to show signs of PH as a baby. Today the 28-year-old participates in the Pulmonary Hypertension Association’s Generation Hope Facebook Support Group for young adults. She also participates in research studies to in hopes of finding a genetic link between pulmonary hypertension and congenital diaphragmatic hernia. She also participates in research studies to in hopes of finding a genetic link between pulmonary hypertension and congenital diaphragmatic hernia.
A month after her diagnosis, Wendy McBride was sitting in her living room attached to a central line. Despite a five-year prognosis, she chose to live rather than die. Her life changed for the better as she learned to cope through diet, exercise and a quit-feeling-sorry-for-yourself attitude. She discovered a strength she never knew she had.
After a 42-year education career, Missy Storm volunteers for the Pulmonary Hypertension Association and the hospital where she underwent a pulmonary thromboendarterectomy in 2018. She started by sharing her experiences with medical staff fulfilling their continuing education requirements.
The past 23 years have shown Dawn Meador how strong she is. Since her 1998 diagnosis, she’s learned much about herself and how to appreciate little things. Dawn, of Suffolk, Virginia, shares her long-time pulmonary hypertension journey for the Pulmonary Hypertension Association’s 30th anniversary.