In 1982 I was diagnosed with a rare arrhythmia and that was the beginning of my journey as a heart patient. I was one of the first AV ablations at University California San Francisco hospital in 1983 and have been 100% pacemaker dependent for over 30 years.
As a lifelong heart patient, I did not want to become a victim of heart disease. Instead I wanted to pursue my desire to become an athlete and competitive cyclist. After having open chest surgery in 2010, doing any kind of physical activity was a frightening idea. However, with the help of wearable devices and applications, I had the data I needed to get from the hospital bed to across the finish line of my first bike race. Since then I have competed in cycling events both domestically and internationally. My mission is to inspire others to do amazing things!