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When I was 15 years old, I woke up one morning with chest pain. Initially, doctors had difficulty determining the cause. When I was finally diagnosed, we learned it was myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) caused by a virus.

I was expected to make a full recovery. Instead I ended up developing dilated cardiomyopathy. At 20 I developed staged four heart failure and after 4 years on 4/20/2015 I received my first heart transplant. I went through repeated anti-bodied rejection and shot arterial clots with resulting in almost losing my leg. I was relisted for another heart transplant because I developed coronary artery disease. I received my new new heart on 8/9/2019.

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December 7, 2019

It is much easier to give than to receive. It takes courage to know when to ask for help. Too many of us don't ask. You are a role model for not only other transplant recipients, but for all who are struggling in one way or another.

Judy Migliore-Erdman

December 7, 2019

Thrilled you are doing so well, Cris, and using your new health to help others!

Dave and Judy Migliore Erdman

December 6, 2019

My cris has always been a fighter. But mostly for the underdog.. rarely for himself.. it has been a hard journey but a blessing for being able to make it with him

Mom