I was born on March 31, 1983. I was 1 month old before my parents knew I had a heart defect. After confirming I had lost weight, the doctor took a chest x-ray. The next morning, we saw a pediatric cardiologist where I was diagnosed with tricuspid atresia, hypoplastic right ventricle, coarctation of the aorta and ventricular and atrial septal defects. I was also in heart failure. We flew to Houston that night and I had a subclavian repair for my coarctation and my pulmonary artery was banded. The next several years we put off the Fontan Procedure until it was no longer considered experimental and I was older and bigger. Before, having the Fontan I was in ballet, tap and musical performance just like my cousin. I had a hard time keeping up with my peers. In high school I joined the marching band, like my middle brother had done. I marched my Freshman-Junior years. I have a Masters Degree in Health Care Administration and have worked with the Veterans Health Administration for 5 years.