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Tereska's gaining Periwinkle Power for Pulmonary Hypertension

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THE STORY:

When you are in the best shape of your life everything seems possible and it seems that you can go on that way forever. I use to feel that way until excessive DVTs (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and Pulmonary Embolisms changed my life forever. I was always told how lucky I was to be alive, but know that no matter what I had been told medically that my life had a purpose and that it was God's grace that had extended my years well beyond what doctors had predicted. "If you develop another PE you probably won't make it." Those words were said to me 15 years ago, but I am still here fighting an even bigger fight. February of 2014, it would be confirmed that the excessive damage to my lungs from the Pulmonary Embolisms had caused me to develop Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension (a rare type of Pulmonary Hypertension). The symptoms were there for so long, but due to lack of medical resources, it took a lot of praying and caring from one of my doctors to help me receive a true diagnosis. By the time I had received my diagnosis, I had already had a few hospital stays and was in need of oxygen. Today, I try to remain as active as possible with my doctors, treatments and healthy lifestyle to slow the progression of the this chronic illness. Each day is struggle when your battling fatigue, chest, back and leg pain, mild depression because you can't do the things you use to do the way you want to do them. Then you began to realize that you are not alone and there are many others that have lost the battle and some that way worse off then you and feel so grateful and blessed for all of your abilities. There are so many other like me that are either living with this illness or have love ones who are in need of a cure. I ask that anyone reading this disease take time to visit the Pulmonary Hypertension Association's website www.phassociation.org to lean more about this chronic illness. Education is key and know that your donation can help us take the necessary steps to help patients, families and finding a cure for Pulmonary Hypertension.

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