Thursday, August 13, 2009


I realize many of you do not know anything about my daughter Olivia. I would like to take this time to introduce my daughter to you.
Olivia is 9 yrs old and a very talented and gifted young lady. Sound like what all dads would say, but this is true. She is patient, determined, creative and caring. She is a budding artist and doesn't know it. She has a talent for drawing and art. She also possesses a strong desire to jump horses and someday own her own horse.
Today is Olivia's day, not for prizes or gifts but another day of great news. News good enough to celebrate. You see, today, Olivia had an appointment with her Cardiologist.
Yes, that is right 9yrs old and she has had her very own Cardiologist for 6 yrs. At the age of 3 she went into congested heart failure and was diagnosed with dilated (congestive) cardiomyopathy.

Olivia has a rather large collection of American girl dolls and horses. She even had a birthday party at the American Girl store in Chicago.

Yes, that is the same thing the lady from beaches the movie had.
But today, Olivia got great news. You see last visit, her heart function slipped to 28. That is lower than we would like.

Today, her heart was measured at 32. Her left ventricle is borderline normal for size. We are pleased with today's results and Jennifer is very happy with our doctor here. We go back every 6 months for a cardioechogram.

First Communion with Aunt Carla and Uncle Mark.

Here is a picture from 3 yrs ago, first week in Knoxville, Tn
Looks like the zoo. Olivia and Cousin Alyssa are having fun

Olivia and grandpa Jim, Olivia has always had a love for little stuffed animals.

This is a long time ago, 2004 Olivia is 4, James 5
Wooster, Ohio

Now look at here, last month she competed in her first Horse show. She brought home one first and two other ribbons. Look mom no hands. Dad is so proud, but we still can't buy a horse sorry Olivia.

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  1. This is very sweet Dad, but Olivia was actually 15 months old when she went into heart failure. The cause of her cardiomyopathy was a myocarditis, which means from a virus. Every 6 months she gets an EKG and an Echocardiogram.
    We highly recommend Dr.Yvonne Bremmer with East TN. Children's Hospital. Yes, we have been blessed thus far in this lifelong challenge of living with this disease. Thank you, Jennifer Orler