Kayde Wolf: A grateful heart
1/31/2016 11:06 AM
Even when precautions are taken, cardiovascular illness can strike at an early age. At 24 years old, New Braunfels native Kayde Campbell Wolf began struggling with bouts of fatigue and had trouble breathing while sleeping.
She recalls, “I took myself to an urgent care facility, who then sent me immediately to a cardiologist. After several tests were performed, I was diagnosed with Viral Myocarditis.”
According to the Myocarditis Foundation, it is estimated that five to 20 percent of all sudden death cases in young adults are due to myocarditis.
Wolf’s condition was caused by a viral infection that caused her heart to become inflamed. The disease can also come on as a result of autoimmune diseases, environmental toxins and adverse reactions to medications.
“My cardiologist prescribed me several medications to strengthen my heart and after an 18-month battle, my heart healed close to the normal functioning range. I was so excited and relieved. I was weaned off the medication and told that I would most likely live without any further issues.”
Soon after, while pregnant with her first child, her symptoms returned. She faced the unthinkable reality of heart failure while 37 weeks pregnant. An emergency cesarean section saved her life. Within the year, as a 28-year-old woman, she was on the road to a heart transplant.
“The biggest thing I say to people is, ‘listen to your body,’” she said. “You know your body. You know your feelings. If you have anything that you question, don’t deny it. Even just go to your general practitioner or OB-Gyn. They may not know what’s wrong, but they can do blood work and other tests to tell you if you need to see a specialist.”
Hear more about Kayde Campbell Wolf’s experience at ‘Fashion From The Heart’ on Thursday, February 11 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at Embassy Suites Hotel, Spa and Conference Center in San Marcos.
In addition to Kayde’s touching story, the event will showcase spring trends modeled by CTMC supporters and donors. Guests will enjoy refreshments, wines from around the world and goodie bags. Proceeds benefit CTMC Cardiac Services. Get tickets for $25 by visiting ctmcheart.com before February 7th.