Stroke survivor Patty Jackson has been on Philadelphia radio stations for nearly four decades. (Photo courtesy of Patty Jackson) Patty Jackson has been dishing celebrity news and talking pop culture on Philadelphia radio stations for nearly four decades. “I’ve always had something to say,” Jackson said. Indeed, growing up, Jackson read poems in front of…

Stroke survivor Cassie Perry runs her own fitness studio outside Indianapolis. (Photo courtesy of Cassie Perry) Growing up on a farm in northern Illinois, Cassie Perry participated in beauty pageants, joined the debate team and enjoyed competitive horseback riding. After college, she was a cheerleader for the Indianapolis Colts and the Chicago Rush of the…

Stroke survivor Cassie Perry runs her own fitness studio outside Indianapolis. (Photo courtesy of Cassie Perry) Growing up on a farm in northern Illinois, Cassie Perry participated in beauty pageants, joined the debate team and enjoyed competitive horseback riding. After college, she was a cheerleader for the Indianapolis Colts and the Chicago Rush of the…

Mike and Kelly DiMaggio both have battled heart disease. (Photo courtesy of Mike and Kelly DiMaggio) Kelly DiMaggio was used to being the patient. She was the one born with half a heart. She was the one who went through three open-heart surgeries before turning 8. She was the one with irregular heartbeats, blood clots…

Mike and Kelly DiMaggio both have battled heart disease. (Photo courtesy of Mike and Kelly DiMaggio) Kelly DiMaggio was used to being the patient. She was the one born with half a heart. She was the one who went through three open-heart surgeries before turning 8. She was the one with irregular heartbeats, blood clots…

Heart disease and stroke survivor Daniela Leonhardt with her sons Landen (left) and Ciaran Donovan. (Photo courtesy of Daniela Leonhardt) Looking back, Daniela Leonhardt’s first indication something was amiss with her heart happened in December 2010, when she fainted before an Irish dance competition. At the time, she was 30 years old, the mother of…

Heart disease and stroke survivor Daniela Leonhardt with her sons Landen (left) and Ciaran Donovan. (Photo courtesy of Daniela Leonhardt) Looking back, Daniela Leonhardt’s first indication something was amiss with her heart happened in December 2010, when she fainted before an Irish dance competition. At the time, she was 30 years old, the mother of…

Heart disease survivor Jara Herron shares her experience at a 2018 Go Red for Women luncheon. (Photo courtesy of Gary Box) As Jara Herron walked down her hallway to feed her 10-day-old baby, she didn’t feel right. She was nauseous. Her chest felt like elephants were sitting on it. Then Herron tried to pick up…

Heart disease survivor Jara Herron shares her experience at a 2018 Go Red for Women luncheon. (Photo courtesy of Gary Box) As Jara Herron walked down her hallway to feed her 10-day-old baby, she didn’t feel right. She was nauseous. Her chest felt like elephants were sitting on it. Then Herron tried to pick up…

Stroke survivor Liz Andersen with her husband and caregiver, Steve, at a stroke retreat for survivors and caregivers. (Photo courtesy of Steve Andersen) Steve Andersen was fast asleep, tuckered out after a weekend of camping with the grandsons, when he heard his wife Liz frantically calling his name. “Steve, I can’t get off the toilet,”…