Heather was 22 years old when she first began feeling pins and needles on her left side. This prompted to her to visit the emergency room where doctors found a brain hemorrhage and diagnosed her with a cavernous angioma — a small cluster of weakened blood vessels in her brain that can rupture and bleed.
“I am so grateful I have this healthcare available right outside my door… without this technology (HDFT), the surgery could have caused permanent paralysis.”
Recovering from surgery was a long process.
“Initially after surgery I had to relearn how to walk and how to sit up using the proper muscles and feed myself and bathe myself… but was made a lot simpler by (inpatient rehab at) UPMC Mercy. It was tough, but each step I got stronger and more confident and you know it came back pretty quickly.”
Now Heather is back to doing what she loves – riding horses. She’s also very excited about a big upcoming milestone – walking down the aisle. “It makes me feel really, really excited about what’s to come. If I can do this now, then I know I’m going to reach my goals eventually.”