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Heidi Davis

PHAmerica Generation Hope Nominee

"It is so easy to let PH takeover and pull you down with it, but I am not going to let that happen. I have so much to live for and nothing is going to change that."

- Heidi Davis

"See the best in everything, appreciate the small things and stay positive."

HeidiMy name is Heidi and I was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension in September 2006. Pulmonary hypertension can really be hard to cope with, but I try to see the best in everything and appreciate the small things. The last couple of years I have noticed that things that really didn't mean much to me are so important now. I also try to live in the moment and enjoy my life to the fullest, but I really look forward to the future as well and what it holds for me and my family.

When I get down and start to dwell on everything that has happened in the last five years, I really notice that I don't feel as well. If I stay positive and really try to live life normally, then I actually feel pretty good most of the time. I know staying positive is not always easy, but it really changes the way you do everything in your life for the better. It is so easy to let PH takeover and pull you down with it, but I am not going to let that happen. I have so much to live for and nothing is going to change that.

 

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