Angie Eoff Saint Louis Park, MN
At the age of 25 I was diagnosed with Idiopathic Cardiomyopathy, a rare but serious condition that causes the heart muscle to become inflamed and to work less efficiently. Over the next 6 years, I was implanted with an ICD twice and gave birth to a son in 2007. I was placed on and off the transplant list throughout the years. After tweaking the medicine I seemed to rebound, but in 2009 I started having issues with my stomach. After going in and out of the hospital for stomach issues and having my gallbladder removed in February 2010, my cardiologists told me it was my heart.
On April 30th, 2010 I was admitted to the hospital and placed on the transplant list. And every week in the hospital I was implanted with a new swan catheter in my neck. Then on July 4th at 9 am the team came in telling me they think they had a heart, by 5 pm that night they said it was a match and by 9:30 pm that night I was wheeled out of my room and brought down for the surgery. Since the surgery I am doing great and able to play again with my son and my husband doesn't have to watch over me 24/7. I have been able to share my story through the Go Red For Women campaign and also help pass important legislation in Minnesota through my work with advocacy.