Hi. My name is Pat and I have Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension. I was diagnosed about 9 years ago, and yes, I thought I was going to die very soon. Everything I read was very discouraging and I believed that I had no more than 3-5 years to live.
It began when I gained weight and found my breathing and walking was becoming a struggle for me. After accepting there was something really wrong, I found two new doctors: a Cardiologist, because I had elevated blood pressure for years, and I was referred to a Pulmonary Specialist. Both of my doctors have literally saved my life. They both worked with me to identify the problem and to prescribe the proper medications I needed.
My life was not as I had planned it, but with the help of my doctors and my husband, Vic, I have pushed on. It has been a journey filled with disappointment and depression, but for now I am taking it one day at a time!
Slowly though, I did realize I needed something more. I started to pray and have faith that I will survive this disease; I don’t know for how long, but I am trying to make each day a positive one.
To all those with a chronic disease, such as PAH, keep strong with faith, a cure might just be around the corner.. ”If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” Matthew 21:22