“I am extremely glad I have friends and family that are helping me through this process, no one should do this alone.”

“I am 21-year-old college student studying to be a Physician Assistant and I was diagnosed with Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH) on Jan. 17, 2019. I was over all completely healthy and had no symptoms of PAH until I was passing out in 2016 from exertion. I did not think anything of it because I never ate regularly, and we associated it with my low blood pressure. No one thought my condition was going to be as severe as it was; I am so blessed my PAH did not progress fast because I could have been worse off. Any moment could have been my last. My doctors at Loyola University did an amazing job with the fast work they did to get me the help I needed.

“I have adjusted very well to my IV and changing my cassette, so I do not end up in the hospital again. I cannot stay in a confined room for more than three days and those 17 days were rough. Plus, I do not want to miss more school. I am extremely glad I have friends and family that are helping me through this process, no one should do this alone.

“My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone that is going through PH.
We can do anything, if we do it together!
With Love, Qiana”