Sarah Donoughue was terrified in 2018 when her care team suggested a lung transplant. Three years later, the 17-year-old Texan says she is living, loving and thriving at life. She shares her transplant journey for Donate Life Month in April.
In 1966, 8-year-old Laura Hooley underwent surgery to repair a congenital heart defect. The surgery allowed her to play volleyball, ski and enjoy relatively good health. But her CHD eventually led to pulmonary hypertension. For American Heart Month, she shares what gave her new hope.
When Kathleen Grady started the Remodulin pump 11 years ago, she was sick, in pain and miserable. She felt sorry for herself all the time, especially after reading friends’ Facebook posts about fun activities. One day, she had an ah-ha moment.
Mark Synder of Waxhaw, North Carolina, was awaiting a cardiopulmonary exercise test in March after his first visit to a pulmonary hypertension (PH) specialist. The test was canceled as the COVID-19 pandemic forced closures of clinics, businesses and public spaces.
Evans Wilson and his wife Alicia were recently affected by the smoke from the wildfires that raged through the West Coast. Evans was diagnosed with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), pulmonary fibrosis (PF) in October 2014 and chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) in December 2016. This is his story.
Diana Lewis, 57, lives in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, with her husband of 28 years, Adrian, and her son Joshua, 29, who has autism spectrum disorder. Diana, a pastor, taught pre-K and elementary school for 14 years. She was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension (PH) five years ago. She shares her story about dealing with the pandemic.
Lisa Laughlin was terrified after her husband Michael fell and passed out in 2017. He had been short of breath for more than a year and no longer had energy for his nightly walks. His diagnosis of a disease they’d never heard of was equally frightening.
Rosemary Graham, of Atlanta, Georgia, is a long-time advocate for people with rare and chronic diseases. She was diagnosed in 2012 with pulmonary hypertension (PH) related to lupus, pulmonary fibrosis and sleep apnea. This is her story.
Aisha Woods Zarb-Cousin lives in San Antonio, Texas with her husband Adam, her 13-year-old stepdaughter Zion, and their dog Zoe. She retired from the Air Force in 2010 after seven years of active duty service. This is her story.
“Processing my diagnosis alone in the NICU was rough. I didn’t really understand the gravity of it all. It didn’t feel real.” Amy Dolan, 30, lives in western Rhode Island with her husband and four children, Gehrig, Eila, Finley and Theodore. Before her pulmonary hypertension diagnosis, she worked in administration for an