I am a forty nine year old woman who had always been healthy as a horse. In fact, riding horses was something I loved to do. That was before I found out I had cardiomyopathy and heart failure. Somehow an infection that I never knew I had damaged my heart muscle. Unfortunately, by the time I had any symptoms, the damage was so bad that my heart was in heart failure. The doctors told me they could manage my heart failure with medication for a while but that I would need a heart transplant to save my life. That was nineteen months ago. I am not improving and hope that a heart is available soon. My daughter is expecting our first grandson and my greatest hope is to be around for all the miracles of his little life.

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