30 Days of PH: California Wildfires

30 Days of PH: California Wildfires
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Day 28 of 30 Days of PH⁣⁣ Topic: California wildfires ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ This is Kim’s story @klovesk14⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ My name is Kim Keen Gunaratne. I was diagnosed with PAH in 2014 after being very sick for two years with no answers. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Before my PH diagnosis, I moved from my coastal home in Fort Bragg California to Magalia California, I wanted to finish nursing school, which wasn’t available in my area. After relocating I became ill, and instead of moving back to Fort Bragg, I stayed in Magalia. I wasn’t medically stable enough to make the move, and I needed to find doctors immediately.⁣ ⁣⁣ On November 8th, 2018, my life as I knew it was no more. I was awakened by a call from my Mom. She told me that she and my brother were heading to my house as they were just evacuated. They live 6 minutes away in the neighboring town, Paradise California. But within minutes she called back saying that they were not allowed to come in our direction. The fire was spreading quickly, as in the length of 3 football fields burned within a matter of 3 seconds. I jumped up and my husband, my caregiver, and I grabbed everything we could possibly grab. This included our three dogs, my oxygen concentrator, and all of my PH medications. You can imagine the added stress this was on us and the effects of the smoke had on my breathing. ⁣ ⁣⁣ Over 20,000 people were forced out of their homes with nowhere to go. We had to sleep in a tent. Without enough portable oxygen for a full night, an amazing couple put an extension cord out for my concentrator. After a long cold night, we went to an RV park 4 hours from home, then to a motel. We were evacuated there for over a month.⁣ ⁣⁣ Within time, thankfully we learned that our home only had smoke and ash damage. Out of our family, unfortunately, my adult son and his girlfriend lost their home and everything they owned including a car. Because of the fires, our hospital is gone, causing a major shortage of healthcare and housing. One year later and I am still trying to figure out how to live in the aftermath of the fires with PH.⁣⁣ ⁣ #30daysofPH #californiawildfires ⁣

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Jen Cueva is a “ well -seasoned” patient who has been living with pulmonary hypertension (PH) since 2005. Although her favorite place is Southern California, she now lives on the Texas Gulf Coast. She lives with her supportive and comical husband and their Mini Schnauzer named Sasha. Prior to acquiring pulmonary hypertension (PH), she worked in nursing, which she wholeheartedly loved. She enjoys cooking for her family, listening to live music, and sitting by the water. You can also find her visiting local coffee shops with her daughter(as she writes or chills) or at a medley of restaurants. She’s a total foodie! In her weekly column, ”Worth the PHIght ”, she delves into the rollercoaster of emotions that she faces living with PH. She hopes to share her challenges and tips while touching on current topics with other PH patients and their caregivers. Her goal is that by sharing her PH journey, she will inspire and instill hope in others. Together, eventually, we will find a cure for pulmonary hypertension- Never give up hope.
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Jen Cueva is a “ well -seasoned” patient who has been living with pulmonary hypertension (PH) since 2005. Although her favorite place is Southern California, she now lives on the Texas Gulf Coast. She lives with her supportive and comical husband and their Mini Schnauzer named Sasha. Prior to acquiring pulmonary hypertension (PH), she worked in nursing, which she wholeheartedly loved. She enjoys cooking for her family, listening to live music, and sitting by the water. You can also find her visiting local coffee shops with her daughter(as she writes or chills) or at a medley of restaurants. She’s a total foodie! In her weekly column, ”Worth the PHIght ”, she delves into the rollercoaster of emotions that she faces living with PH. She hopes to share her challenges and tips while touching on current topics with other PH patients and their caregivers. Her goal is that by sharing her PH journey, she will inspire and instill hope in others. Together, eventually, we will find a cure for pulmonary hypertension- Never give up hope.
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