In 2002, Natasha was a 33-year old mother of two and a program coordinator for the in the St. Paul Public Schools. She dropped the children off at the babysitter on, said goodbye to her husband and went in to work for a lunch meeting. Shortly after the meeting started, she collapsed. She wasn’t breathing. One of her colleagues stayed with her while the other ran for help. After several minutes, the St. Paul Schools’ Director of Safety and Security ran into the room and began CPR. 911 was called. The St. Paul Fire Department arrived and defibrillated her 5 times before restarting her heart. At the hospital, her family began the longest wait of their lives as they waited to see if she would live and, if she did live, would she be the fully functioning woman they knew and loved. She was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy and was told that she had survived sudden cardiac death. On medications and with an implanted defibrillator, she has miraculously recovered enough heart function to be considered fully in the “normal” range. She has dedicated herself to helping others facing diagnoses of heart disease through WomenHeart and the National Coalition of Women with Heart Disease (