ARVD is a Rare Heart Problem which can make your Heart Beat Too Fast. It can affect people of All Ages and All Activity Levels. A Leading Cause of Sudden Death Among Young Athletes
Which Is Where My Story Begins!!!
I AM CRYSTAL G
I began having cardiac episodes in my early teenage years. As A Teen & Young Adult, I was very active: Dancing ~ Working ~ Traveling
I didn’t let these episodes slow me down, I was MIS-DIAGNOSED for years.
AT THE AGE OF 31, (when i was pregnant with my 3rd child) I WAS DIAGNOSED WITH ARVD, THIS DIAGNOSES CHANGED MY LIFE FOREVER Because Of My Congenital Heart Disease, Pregnancy Could Kill Me; My Unborn Child, or BOTH.
On April 4,2006 I gave birth to a Handsome Baby Boy
IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE DELIVERY I was rushed to the cardiac unit of the hospital, HEARTBROKEN – I was only able to visit my newborn son when there was a pediatric nurse and officer available to transport him from the nursery to the cardiac unit.
On May 8,2006 My 1st IMPLANTED CARDIAC DEFIBRILLATOR placed and 2 years later I received my 2nd (due to complications).
During this time, I slowly lost myself. I lost my confidence and my zest for life. You see as a Licensed Cosmetology Instructor
It has always been my passion to empower women, make women Look & Feel Beautiful, to Build their Self Confidence, and to be their Support System and SUDDENLY, MY WORLD HAD BEEN TURNED UPSIDE DOWN -AND- I WAS THE ONE NEEDING ALL OF THOSE THINGS THAT I DID FOR OTHERS.
BUT I SUFFERED IN SILENCE BECAUSE I WANTED TO APPEAR STRONG and IN CONTROL.
IN CONTROL OF: MY MARRIAGE
IN CONTROL OF: MY FAMILY
IN CONTROL OF: MY CAREER
IN CONTROL OF: MY HEALTH
LIVING WITH HEART DISEASE, I understand: ~ THE FEAR ~ THE ANGER ~ THE DEPRESSION ~ THE ANXIETY, but I knew in order to get through this ~ I Needed Help.