Mary Knudson is a health journalist, good enough that she has been a writer for The Baltimore Sun and teaches science and medical writing to grad students at Johns Hopkins University. Her new blog about living with heart failure opens with the sentence:
I got to know something about heart failure the hard way, by having it.
Heart failure affects millions of Americans, including me. The odds are that you (or someone you love) will have to deal with it, eventually. But as grim as it sounds (Oh my God, Heart Failure! My heart has failed!) it is survivable and you can live with it. Mary is – and she’s learned enough that she’s written a book, along with Johns Hopkins Chief Cardiologist. The blog is an offshoot of her book.
The first entry is a story that many Congenital Heart Defect patients and their parents are familiar with: a misdiagnosis and a roller coaster ride to figure out what is really going on. Mary’s heart failure blog is the feature today and will move into the blogroll tomorrow.