My PPCM Story
I was brought into this line of work after experiencing postpartum hemorrhage and being diagnosed with Peripartum Cardiomyopathy (PPCM), an often unrecognized and misdiagnosed type of heart failure which occurs during pregnancy or up to 12 months postpartum. The condition weakens the heart muscle and causes the heart to become enlarged. As a result, the heart can't pump blood properly to the rest of the body.
In 2014, three years before my diagnosis, my older sister (Crystal) went into a sudden cardiac arrest six months after giving birth to her 2nd child. Due to doctors not being aware of this disease, Crystal passed away while waiting on a new heart, with no actual diagnosis. (It was preventable.)
Today I am considered fully recovered from Peripartum Cardiomyopathy, and now work alongside many health care and birth workers nationwide, informing them on PPCM and how to detect a sooner diagnosis for pregnant women with cardiovascular disease.