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Dear Friends,
Let us tell you a little about our mom, Wyrta Heagy. Over Christmas of 2003 she suddenly became ill and suffered several strokes. She was diagnosed with Sneddon’s Syndrome, a rare condition for which there is no known cause or cure. Sneddon’s affects the blood vessels, causes blood clots and strokes and is known to share many features of Lupus, a somewhat better understood autoimmune disease. At about the same time, Mom began to have severe problems with breathing and was also diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Although Mom had almost no lasting physical disabilities from the strokes, her lung disease continued to be extremely disabling and she was informed that her only chance at a healthy life would be to have a lung transplant.

Due to the COPD, Mom’s daily activities are very restricted and she requires oxygen twenty-four hours a day. She was evaluated for lung transplant at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and is now on the active waiting list.


June 29, 2011

Dear Wyrta, It was good to hear about you and your family from Marcelle. I know you are strong and I wish you heartfelt luck in the challenges that you face.

Eric Martz/Amherst MA

June 19, 2011

Jane Renfrow Griggs gave me this web site and I looked you up. So sorry to hear of your health problems. I will send a contribution ASAP. You and you family are in
my prayers.
Your Classmate,
Pat Root Merriwether

Pat Root Merriwether