Welcome to My Personal Page
Hi! I'm Kristen Dunlap-Berg, and I was born with Tetralogy of Fallot in June 1988. I had open-heart surgery when I was 6 months old and 17 months old. The rest of my childhood was very normal. I was told I would need another open-heart surgery to replace my pulmonary valve someday, but my amazing pediatric cardiologist, Dr. Johns, said technology would probably be so good by then that it wouldn't even be open-heart surgery. My ten-year-old self was skeptical.
In early adulthood I switched to an adult congenital cardiologist, who continued to monitor my pulmonary valve. In 2018, it was decided it was time for my pulmonary valve replacement. I was referred to my hospital's sister children's hospital, because lo and behold they were doing a clinical trial for pulmonary valve replacements in people with my CHD using a catheter. Not open-heart surgery! Dr. Johns with his medical degree was right! I had my pulmonary valve replaced via catheter in August 2018! I'm honest when it I say it was an answer to my prayers.
In 2018, I was diagnosed with an arrhythmia, which is common for people with TOF. I underwent a procedure called an ablation, and later in the year, I had surgery to get an internal defibrillator implanted. 2018 was a wild year!
This May, I graduate with my Master of Social Work. I do not know where I'll live and work after graduation, so I'm taking part in the Virtual Walk.
I'm grateful for the Adult Congenital Heart Association, University of Alabama-Birmingham Children's Hospital, Vanderbilt Medical Center, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis Children's Hospital, and my friends and family for all the love, care, and support I've received throughout the years.
Thank you for visiting my Walk for 1 in 100 personal fundraising page. Please consider making a tax deductible contribution to support my fundraising efforts on behalf of The Adult Congenital Heart Association. All funds raised benefit CHD research and programs. I appreciate your support!
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