I’m thrilled you’re here! Thank you for letting me share my congenital heart defect (CHD) story and life with you! For those new around here, I was born with a heart condition known specifically as Ebstein’s Anamoly. Because of this, the right side of my heart is enlarged. I have a BIG heart… literally. Following my birth, at only four days old, I was given a very slim chance of survival and underwent my first open heart surgery. While that was my first surgery, that was not my last time on the operating table.
Since then, I have underwent many heart procedures over the course of the 23 years of my life. Being born with a congenital heart defect has made me into a fighter, and each day is truly a blessing. My heart story has given me the strength to truly go after my dreams and live a victorious life, and I desire that for all of you! I truly believe my crazy CHD life has been a huge factor in my success as a college athlete and now as a business owner.
And as a result of living with CHD, I have learned an immense amount about heart health and overcoming obstacles. Let’s just say, life looks a bit different than your peers when you have a chronic illness. But I am excited to share the things I have learned and the items I am still learning today as a CHD Warrior, Wife, and Entrepreneur.
- Well first, you are probably asking.. Who is that fluffy cutie in the picture. Well… meet Teddy, the softest, most cuddly and friendly GoldenDoodle ever. He is quite a ham and we are are obsessed with him! If you follow me, you will be sure to fall in love too.
- What sports did I do in college? I was a volleyball and track athlete in college. I always love a good fitness challenge!
- I married my hubby and fellow high jumper, Devin, my senior year of college. He is my total best friend, biggest encourager, and business parter [He keeps me sane]! We have built such a fun life together!
- This girl LOVES all things fashion and style. I could spend daysss in Nordstrom or shopping online. My current shopping obsessions are definitely Pink Lily Boutique and Express!
- On a weird note, sometimes doctors can’t get a pulse or accurate blood pressure reading in my left arm since I am missing my subclavian artery in that arm. Once when I forgot to tell my new doctor about this fun fact, he very worriedly asked me “Are you dead?” Always fun to freak a new doctor. 😉
- Three times I have been defibrillated. SHOCKING RIGHT!