|Kevin, his father David, and representatives from the PHA speak with a representative from Ohio Senator Robert Portman’s office during a PHA event on Capitol Hill|
|3 years after Kevin’s first fainting spell, he takes a picture atop the Williamstown Bridge in Marietta, where he first passed out|
University’s Wexner Medical Center to confirm his prognosis. From an initial appointment in May with the Ohio State specialist, to an MRI and more tests in July and finally my right heart catheterization and first meeting with my PH Specialist, I was if anything, not my normal self. I had always taken every little thing as a challenge, in my mind if I could mow the lawn three minutes quicker than before, or get to work a minute earlier after leaving at the same time, it was a victory, and for the first time in my life I didn’t see a victory as being possible, and for a period of time, I gave up.
I remember sitting on my couch one day, in the throws of an incredibly horrendous anxiety attack, surrounded by the outdated PH information that most of us can quote by heart, unable to find anyone who could help me in that moment. I remember that moment so well, because my spirit was gone. That little voice in my head that had always told me I could do it a little better, that we could win this was gone. He had simply said “I’m out” and left. I felt I was going to die, I knew I was going to die. The doctors up to this point had still maintained six months or less without medication, and I was not yet on that medication. It was the lowest I have ever felt, and I admit, I just gave in. I succumbed to what some of the doctors had said, what the numbers told me, and I couldn’t find the will to go on.
|One of Karen’s famous Christmases would not be complete without, of course, a christmas tree.|
|Armado: a photo from a Shakespeare By The River outdoor production, the first of it’s kind in Marietta. Kevin served to get the production started, as well as taking a role in the production of William Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost.|
|The cast photo from the first Shakespeare By The River production in Marietta|
|10 months after his diagnosis, and doing better. Kevin and Karen married on May 4, 2013.|