The Pulmonary Hypertension Association’s (PHA’s) The Right Heart blog brings you a story about Kimbery Toland who lives with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Kimbery was officially diagnosed with severe PAH in 2016, but she experienced her first symptoms in 2011. She noticed her legs would occasionally swell up, and as the years went on, the swelling got worse and she developed shortness of breath. Kimbery decided to finally go to the doctor in February 2016 after not being able to “walk five steps without feeling like I was going to pass out.”

It was hard for Kimbery to hear her diagnosis, but she wasn’t going to let it get her down. “After crying lots of tears, I realized I had two options,” Kimbery says. “I could let this diagnosis define who I am or I could fight for the life I want to have. I chose to fight.”

Kimbery’s story takes us through the inspiring journey of self-discovery in a time where life didn’t seem so bright. Read more about Kimbery’s path to her diagnosis and how she continues to find meaning in every day, in The Right Heart blog.