Eileen Pearlman has two daughters, Jessica and Amy Cowin. While pregnant with Jessica, she thought everything was fine. Jessica was born on June 7, 1983. Doctors began monitoring her heart due to an irregular heartbeat. Three days later, after extensive testing, she had emergency surgery because she had hypoplastic left heart syndrome. But nine years before Jessica was born, Eileen was already a practicing Speech/Language Pathologist. She began her career as a Speech/Language Pathologist in 1974 and she works primarily with students who have special or multiple needs.