Tuesday, December 12, 2023

My Life in Stitches by Darla A. Calvet ~ @RABTBookTours #RABTBookTours #MyLifeinStitches #DarlaACalvet #Memoir

A Heart Transplant Survivor Story

My Life in Stitches by Darla A. Calvet


Date Published: December 12, 2023

Publisher: Acorn Publishing


Darla Calvet is a thirty-nine-year-old working mom whose life turns upside down when she is diagnosed with congestive heart failure. Suddenly, fear threatens her dreams for the future as doctors’ appointments replace her daily routines and she realizes she may not live to see her daughters grow up. After dying twice while waiting for a new heart, Darla begins to understand her own resiliency—her heart may be weak, but her mind refuses to give up.

My Life in Stitches: A Heart Transplant Survivor Story is a candid, witty account of one woman's determination to transform a devastating prognosis into an inspiring fight for survival. Darla’s story offers insight into the complex world of medicine with a dose of humor about her challenges and victories as a heart transplant patient. In this sensitive, thorough, and informative debut, Calvet brings compassion and gentle wisdom to a difficult subject in hopes of demystifying the uncertainties that inevitably accompany long-term, life-threatening medical decisions.

Saph's Note:

I, too, was diagnosed with heart failure, and cardiomyopathy, at the age of thirty-nine. I was placed on a twice-daily betablocker that, fortunately, stabilized my condition. My ejection fraction is now in the normal range, my PVCs have normalized, and my last echocardiogram showed significant and increased improvements. I also adjusted my diet and increased the amount and types of exercise I get. I recognize that this treatment options isn't for everyone and that I'm fortunate that the treatment plan my cardiologist has me on works - for now. I'm happy to read the author didn't give and her health has improved.

About the Author:

A heart transplant survivor, Dr. Darla Calvet won a gold medal for ballroom dance in the 2022 Transplant Games of America. Currently, she serves as the vice president of the board of directors for the Southern California Transplant Games of America team. She is also the CEO of Blue Tiger, Inc., a strategic planning consultancy. A doctor of education, Calvet holds degrees from Claremont Graduate University, San Diego State University, and the University of California, Berkeley. She lives in San Diego, California, with her husband Pat and their French bulldog Quinn, and she is the proud mom of two adult daughters, Claire and Annie.


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