Patient Mentor Profile

Merle R.


Diagnosed in 2002

"I'm a support group leader in Pennsylvania and Ohio. I may have PH but PH does not have me! As is typical for many of us, it took over a year of going from one doctor to another before I was diagnosed with PH (the dastardly disease as I call it!). I have good days (mostly) and not so good days (once in a while) but I always remember there is hope. While this disease can be scary, life with PH is very doable."

About Merle:

  • Lives in Western Pennsylvania
  • Type of PH: Idiopathic
  • Languages: English

Merle feels comfortable discussing her experiences with:

  • infused medication
  • inhaled medication
  • oral medication
  • supplementary oxygen
  • cardiac or pulmonary rehabilitation
  • depression and mental health issues
  • working with PH
  • traveling with PH
  • communicating with family and friends about PH
  • communicating with medical personnel
  • organizing medical records
  • legislative advocacy
  • media awareness
  • local support groups
  • online communities (PHA email groups, message boards, chats)

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