I was diagnosed 19 years ago with Dialated Cardiomyopathy also known as DCM. I was able to function well with medicine and a good diet up until 2015. I went to see family for the holidays and a family member was sick, I also became ill. I went back to work and thought it was just a cold or virus that would go away. My coworker made me leave work to go to urgent care. I was told my cardiac enzymes were up and I had Bronchitis. I was sent to my cardiologist and my heart Ejection Fraction was 14%. I was immediately scheduled for an ICD placement. As of May 10, 2015 I have been placed on permanent disability.
I was also referred to Spokane for heart transplant listing. After all testing and review I was denied. Due to my high antibodies and diabetes. The only option they gave me was a LVAD. I was told I basically had 2 years to live if I didn’t choose to have one placed. We went back to my cardiologist and asked for a second opinion and was referred to The University of Washington Medical Center. I did all the testing again and they accepted me an I was listed as status 2 onthe heart transplant lists with UNOS. Because of being listed we needed to be closer to the hospital if cold so we had to sell our home that we lived in for 17 years. Our family became separated because my daughter and I moved 280 miles away to be with my parents until we found a place of our own and my husband was able to sell our house. Our older son decided to stay over there and the 18 year-old wanted to finish out his senior year.
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May 23, 2019
I’m praying for you to receive the funds and the heart that you need
April 19, 2019
Stacey finds the happy in the middle of it all.
December 18, 2018
Hope this helps Stacey Owens