26 Feb Grateful Patient Ashlynn
1.How did your patient journey begin?
I was born with a congenital heart defect called pulmonary atresia. I had my first open heart surgery at two days old, my second at six years old and my third at fourteen. I have been in and out of the hospital my entire life.
2. How did your journey change you?
My journey has changed me in so many ways! I have an appreciation for the little things that most people take for granted and I have learned to reach for the big things because anything is possible and miracles do come true!
3. Is there a specific medicine/treatment/medical device/pharmaceutical company you are grateful for?
I am grateful for all the doctors, nurses and CNA’s that have cared for me over the years and have made my hospital stays as much like being at home as possible. I am also grateful to the people who provided me with my pulmonary valve implant. Without that technology my life would be a different one.
4. Who are you most grateful for and why?
I’m most grateful for my mom. She is my primary support, she is my everything. She stays every night in the hospital with me when I have to be there. She takes me to all my appointments and she makes me laugh when I am having a tough time. And most of all, she encourages me to be my best and to keep pushing forward.