What To Say, When You Don’t Know What To Say

I’ve been beating around the bush with the reality of grief for some time now. I guess I needed to give whoever reads this an introduction to the most dramatic season of my life before I jumped right in. Also, I feel more comfortable openly […]

Identity Crisis: Grieving The Old Me

Hi, My Name Is Emily… And I don’t know how to finish that sentence. It used to be very easy for me. I was really proud of what I had accomplished in life, and had no problem spitting out my resume for an introduction. Even […]

Your Symptoms Are Not In Your Head

I’ll never forget the fist time someone told me my symptoms were in my head. It shaped the way I perceived my own body for fear of rejection.

My Pulmonary Hypertension “State of the Union”

One year after diagnosis, here’s how I am managing my pulmonary hypertension. I’m not where I want to be, but I’m better than I expected.

My Rare CTEPH Diagnosis Story

CTEPH is a rare form of pulmonary hypertension that results from blood clots in the lungs. Read along as I share my shocking diagnosis story.

Surviving A Major Hurricane And Its Aftermath

Surviving a major hurricane means more than just making it through the storm. The aftermath is often worst than the landfall. For me, the chaos ensued before the storm, and the calm found its way after.

Pulmonary Hypertension Symptoms: Hiding In Plain Sight

For the first time ever, I had to explain what pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) was to another healthcare provider. I also had to describe the use of what I thought was a very common medication. I’ve been told this is a rare disease, but it […]

Physical and Emotional Overload: You Need To Slow Down

Overcoming Obstacles With Heart and Lung Disease

Finding the strength for overcoming obstacles when diagnosed with heart and lung disease at a young age. Don’t tell me I can’t do that.

Why Pictures Are Worth More Than Likes

Smile for the camera. You never know what life will bring, and those photos may be the closest and only thing you have to hold on to.