Stretch PT & Wellness - March 2018

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March 2018


My daughter, Megan, is one of the most incredible, inspiring people in my life. Ever since her diagnosis of POTS in 2016, a syndrome which causes her to intermittently and suddenly faint, it’s been a difficult road. Nonetheless, she’s continued to push forward, taking every step with her signature verve and confidence. Now, she’s in her third semester of her Ph.D. at the University of Cincinnati, relying on her peers and incredible service dog, Nora, to keep her safe. Though she’s had some tough times and scary moments while attending school, she’s also experienced a lot of success.

“I’m constantly amazed by her perseverance, and I’m proud to call her my daughter.”

tell by her face that something was wrong. As Megan suddenly collapsed, he caught her, just before she hit the ground.

Luckily, her campus is filled with medical professionals going about their daily routines, and the student body is kind and supportive. One day, during her second semester, Megan was stepping

When she woke up, she was surrounded by a small group of gawking strangers, the doctor, and a paramedic checking her vitals. The doctor had called 911, though after the emergency personnel took over, he went on his way. Megan, in her post-fainting state, was unable to even say thank you. The doctor was unaware of her condition —we’ve since gotten her a medical bracelet so that 911 isn’t unnecessarily called — but it was fortunate that he was in the elevator with her, otherwise she may have injured herself from the fall. In the midst of all these faintings, Megan continues to work through her degree. Fortunately, most of the episodes are much less dangerous and dramatic than the one in the elevator. She recently switched her research focus to aortic aneurysms, and she now gets to work with a smaller, more intimate team. The work is less stressful, so it’s much easier on her health. Plus, the new topic will give her insight into POTS, which is essentially caused by an increased heart rate and lower blood pressure. Megan lives about 30 minutes away here in Cincinnati and with our busy schedules we don’t get to see each other as much as we’d like to. I’m constantly amazed by her perseverance, and I’m proud to call her my daughter. She hasn’t let her diagnosis hold her back one bit. She still joins in on her best friends’ bachelorette parties, walks down the aisle for their weddings, and pursues an extremely difficult research degree. No matter the obstacle, she lives her life the way she wants to.

into an elevator when her service dog gave her a nudge. This was the dog’s signal for Megan to sit down, warning her that she was about to pass out. Normally, Nora would warn her 10 minutes in advance, so she figured she was fine for the moment.

As the elevator doors closed, Megan noticed a man, a doctor, also on his way up. He gave her a

–Kim Nartker

strange look — apparently, he could



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