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50 State Media Challenge: PH News Column Leads to Diagnosis
Members of the pulmonary hypertension community have worked all year to get their PH journey in the news and their state marked with a star for PHA’s 50 State Media Challenge. PH community members have received a total of 73 articles in 31 states! One of the most recent successes highlights how the simple act of writing a letter can result in a life-saving media story.
In May, Dr. Paul Donohue published a letter from a reader asking about PH symptoms and resources in his nationally syndicated news column. This August, a separate reader wrote in and thanked Dr. Donohue for publishing the letter earlier this year and explained that after reading it, the writer decided to see a doctor, received a PH diagnosis and began treatment.
In the article the reader wrote, “I have been losing energy for years and thought it was due to aging. I became nauseated, dizzy, short of breath and tired. I had severe chest pains, and my blood pressure shot up. Emergency docs and a heart specialist looked at my heart for months after, but nothing showed up. By April, I was barely able to do basic things. Crossing two rooms left me winded. All the doctors I saw scratched their heads. Then I read your article on pulmonary hypertension. Everything fit my picture.”
Help raise PH awareness in your community — you never know whose life you could be saving.
For tips and resources to start you on the way toward a media success (and a star on your state), contact Elisabeth at 301-565-3004 x753 or PHAware@PHAssociation.org or read more online.