Online discussion group leader, Karen Newstrom, welcomes you! Karen is 62 years old, married, a mother of five and grandmother to eight. She taught for eighteen years, seventeen in kindergarten. In her retirement, she enjoys playing oboe and substitutes when needed.
Two of Karen's brothers died at age 20 and 34 from HCM. Her father lived with it until 84. Two of Karen's adult children have it, along with one grandchild and a niece. Karen was diagnosed as an adult and received an ICD due to family history. It has fired appropriately eight times! In 2010 she had a successful myectomy.
Karen's hope is to give others encouragement on their HCM journey.
**PLEASE NOTE: OUR DISCUSSION GROUP LEADERS ARE VOLUNTEERS AND DEDICATE THEIR PERSONAL TIME TO ASSIST OUR HCM COMMUNITY. PLEASE BE MINDFUL AND BE SURE TO MARK YOUR CALENDAR WITH YOUR MEETING DATE/TIME AS WE HAVE HAD SOME "NO SHOWS" AND YOUR SLOT COULD BE USED FOR OTHERS WHO MAY WANT TO ATTEND. IF YOU NEED TO CANCEL, PLEASE EMAIL SUPPORT@4HCM.ORG. THANK YOU!!!