Laurie Doescher’s Story

High Blood Pressure Survivor, Age 58, New River, AZ


Laurie's Story

My mother was diagnosed with Rheumatic Heart Disease at the time of my birth.  She experienced many heart attacks and episodes while I was a small child and she was finally fitted with a pig heart valve when I was around 4 years old.  This valve served her quite well  until she started having heart problems again when I was 11.  This disease made our family life very difficult because of the unexpected nature of the disease -we never knew when she would fall ill and those trips to the hospital were terrifying.

Mom died when I was 25 from heart failure.  If there was anything I learned from this was to take care of my health, especially my heart, and do the best I can to be healthy.

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