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​A STRONG WOMAN.
A WEAKENED HEART.
A BOLD PLAN.

I don’t know how it is for most heart attack victims, but for me it wasn’t nearly as stressful as I’d have expected. I guess part of it is my nature: I try to be pretty levelheaded about things. Don’t get too excited or worked up.

But I have to give credit to the people helping me at Northwest…

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​A DOCTOR.
A PROMISE.
AN IRON HEART.

This is the story of how UW Medicine kept bringing me back from the brink.

Some years ago, when our two daughters were very young, I started having a recurring problem I couldn’t explain. I’d been exercising and competing in races and feeling really good. But in the middle of one race, my…

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AN UNEXPLAINED ILLNESS.
AN EXPERT DIAGNOSIS. 
A RETURN TO SAVING LIVES.

I ​was born at Northwest Hospital. I became a firefighter in 2003, and I’m also an EMT. In 2012, when I was 32, I got sick.

I’m used to doing a lot of physical activity. Every year, I participate in the Firefighter Stair Climb challenge in the tallest building in Seattle. I snowshoe in the winter…

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