2017 - 2018 Real Women

Click an image to read the personal stories of this year’s Real Women.

Elizabeth Beard

Peripheral Artery Disease; TIA (mini-strokes)

It never dawned on me that there could be anything wrong with my heart or vascular system.

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Elizabeth Beard

Beverly Buchanan

Heart Disease

As a nurse and a survivor, I encourage you to know your numbers.

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Beverly Buchanan

Theresa “TC” Eckstein

Heart Disease

When I got my diagnosis, it woke everyone up. Everyone is a lot more health conscious now.

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Theresa “TC” Eckstein

Jen Hyde

Heart Disease

I get to live a full life thanks to women’s heart disease research. New technology will be important when I need my next surgery.

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Jen Hyde

Stephanie Lang

Heart Disease

Lifestyle makes a difference; prevention is possible. These choices don’t just happen. You have to make an effort every day.

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Stephanie Lang

Claudia Lara

Heart Disease

I never put myself on my priority list.

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Claudia Lara

Sara Parcell

Heart Disease

Never in a million years did I think I would have heart disease. I’m not going quietly. I’m going red!

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Sara Parcell

Tamika Quinn

Stroke

Don’t let a family history of cardiovascular disease be a family legacy.

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Tamika Quinn

Tara Robinson

Heart Disease

Know your numbers. Don’t leave the hospital without an answer just because you’re exhausted or frustrated.

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Tara Robinson

Lilly Rocha

Heart Disease

I had been this go-getter and my trajectory was always upward. I couldn’t believe this happened to me.

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Lilly Rocha

Heidi Stewart

Heart Disease

I didn’t know how to advocate for myself. Young people need to know that heart disease can happen to you.

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Heidi Stewart