Real-Life Stories

Gain Insight and Comfort from Real-Life Stories of Myocarditis

Myocarditis and Giant Cell Myocarditis Survivors, Victims and Dedicated Doctors, Board Members and Activists

Myocarditis Survivors

Doctors Call 15-Year-Old Alex a Myocarditis Legend

Discover the Miraculous Recovery of a Teen Boy After Myocarditis Nearly Claimed His Life

Doctors Call 15-Year-Old Alex a Myocarditis Legend
 
Alice is Thankful for Her Doctors, Friends and Family

Woman Continues to Live with Symptoms of Myocarditis

Alice is Thankful for Her Doctors, Friends and Family
 
Brian Suffers with Myocarditis for Decades Before Receiving a Heart Transplant

Heart Transplant Recipient Competes in Swimming and Triathlons

Brian Suffers with Myocarditis for Decades Before Receiving a Heart Transplant
 
Casey’s Intestinal Symptoms Led to a Heart Attack

Find Out How a Seemingly Healthy 16-Year-Old Survived Myocarditis

Casey’s Intestinal Symptoms Led to a Heart Attack
 
James Now Help Fund Myocarditis Research

Find Out How One Teen Beat Myocarditis After a Year and a Half of Recovery

James Now Helps Fund Myocarditis Research
 
A Special Message from Jesse to the Family of His Donor

Discover the Miracle of a Heart Donation

A Special Message from Jesse to the Family of His Donor
 
Matt is Left Searching for Answers as to Why He Nearly Died

Find Out How an Active 21-Year-Old’s Heart and Body Shut Down Unexpectedly

Matt is Left Searching for Answers as to Why He Nearly Died
 
Baby Owen Went into Complete Heart Failure Days After Birth

Enteroviral Myocarditis Nearly Claims the Life of a New Baby Boy

Baby Owen Went into Complete Heart Failure Days After Birth
 
Paul

Harrowing Story of this Myocarditis Survivor

Paul triumphs over myocarditis and goes onto become a laywer
 

Giant Cell Myocarditis Survivors

Annie Says She’s Still Here Because of Positive Thinking and Unshakable Faith

No One Would Believe the 32-Year-Old Had a Heart Problem—Until Congestive Heart Failure

Annie Says She’s Still Here Because of Positive Thinking and Unshakable Faith
 
David’s Amazing Survival without a Heart Transplant

Discover a Miraculous Giant Cell Myocarditis Survival

David’s Amazing Survival without a Heart Transplant
 
Donna Plans on Living the Rest of Her Life to the Fullest

Young, Pregnant Mother Became Australia’s First Giant Cell Myocarditis Survivor

Donna Plans on Living the Rest of Her Life to the Fullest
 
Hana’s Giant Cell Myocarditis Shocked Her Family

Captain of the Cheer Squad Underwent Heart Transplant at 14 Years Old

Hana’s Giant Cell Myocarditis Shocked Her Family
 
Lisa Shusta

Find Out How a Seemingly Healthy Mother Survived Giant Cell Myocarditis

Lisa’s Flu-Like Symptoms Result in a Heart Transplant
 
Vanessa Made a Miraculous Recovery and Lives with Her Own Heart

Giant Cell Myocarditis Symptoms Mistaken for a Septic Gall Bladder

Vanessa Made a Miraculous Recovery and Lives with Her Own Heart
 

Myocarditis Victims

Aaleigha’s Friends and Family Respond to Death with Action

The Tragic Death of Young Girl Inspired a Rock Concert Fundraiser

Aaleigha’s Friends and Family Respond to Death with Action
 
Abiah Leaves a Legacy of Love, Peace and Compassion

Discover How Myocarditis Stole the Life of 11-Year-Old Abiah

Abiah Leaves a Legacy of Love, Peace and Compassion
 
Andy’s Family Works to Spread Awareness and Fund Research on Myocarditis

One Month Short of 15, Young Man is Suddenly and Inexplicably Gone

Andy’s Family Works to Spread Awareness and Fund Research on Myocarditis
 
Ashley’s Life Suddenly Ended as it Was Beginning

Myocarditis Suddenly Claims the Life of Beloved Wife, Daughter, Sister, Aunt, Niece and Friend

Ashley’s Life Suddenly Ended as it Was Beginning
 
Becca Has a Permanent Place in the Hearts of Loved Ones

Cold Symptoms Led to the Death of a Young, Beautiful Woman

Becca Has a Permanent Place in the Hearts of Loved Ones
 
Brad’s Family Hopes to Help End Other Tragedies

Find Out How a Healthy Young Man Lost His Life After Being Sick for Only Two Days

Brad’s Family Hopes to Help End Other Tragedies
 
Brian Arsenio

Young Man's Heart Stops While Playing Basketball with Friends

Brian was only 23 when myocarditis took him so suddenly from his friends and family.
 
Caitlyn Made Every Day a Great One

Little Girl Makes a Big Impact on Others During Her Short Life

Caitlyn Made Every Day a Great One
 
Cathrynne

Flu-Like Symptoms Caused by Myocarditis Claim the Life of a Little Girl

Cathrynne's Family Describe Her as Beauty and Spunk in a Small Package
 
Christopher's Story

Learn How Myocarditis Took the Life of a Young College Student

Christopher's Family is Now Dedicated to Myocarditis Awareness
 
Danielle’s Parents Hope to Help Prevent this Tragedy from Happening to Others

Myocarditis Claims the Life of a Young Girl Following Cold-Like Symptoms

Danielle’s Parents Hope to Help Prevent this Tragedy from Happening to Others
 
Devin’s Family and Friends Hold Annual Event in His Honor

Athletic, Healthy 22-Year-Old Died in His Sleep

Devin’s Family and Friends Hold Annual Event in His Honor
 
Dominique

Young Woman is Taken Suddenly, Leaving Loved Ones to Remember Her Many Life Lessons She Lived Her Life By

"All I can do is my best; I’m not going to stress about it" - The Motto of Dominique
 
Elysa Rojas

Elysa's Parents on a Mission to Spread Awareness

The Rojas family is determined to teach others about Myocarditis
 
Garret’s Family Now Feel Awareness and Education are Key

Family Lost Their Beloved First-Born Son Unexpectedly to Viral Myocarditis

Garret’s Family Now Feel Awareness and Education are Key
 
Jeremy’s Legacy Lives on in His Family and the Lives He Touched

Boy’s Life Ends Prematurely with No Warning Sign

Jeremy’s Legacy Lives on in His Family and the Lives He Touched
 
Jessi

Myocarditis Strikes Vivacious 19-Year-Old

Jessi was taken away just as she was beginning her college career
 
John

Young Man Training for a Marathon Becomes a Victim of Myocarditis

John was a healthy 31 year old when he was taken so suddenly by myocarditis
 
Jolanda and Her Unborn Baby’s Lives Were Taken

Giant Cell Myocarditis Had Never Been Seen in a Pregnant Woman

Jolanda and Her Unborn Baby’s Lives Were Taken
 
Jonathan Iacuaneiello

The Iacuaniello Family Remembers Jonathan

Jonathan was only 23 when myocarditis tragically took him from his family.
 
Julian

Julian's Story

Julian, an active loving little boy, was taken suddenly by myocarditis
 
Kamryn

Myocarditis Takes 16-Month-Old Angel

Kamryn's family turns to advocacy in the wake of their loss
 
Kristen

Future Veterinarian Lost Suddenly to Myocarditis

Kristen's family tells her story
 
Logan Will Forever be in the Hearts of Family and Friends

Find Out Why a Six-Year-Old Boy Died Instantly and Unexpectedly in His Mother’s Arms

Logan Will Forever be in the Hearts of Family and Friends
 
Lucy B

Myocarditis Takes this Happy, Young Girl from her Family

Lucey B's spirit lives on in her friend's and family
 
Luke Gould

Find Out How Suddenly and Unexpectedly Myocarditis Took the Life of a Young Boy

Luke’s Vibrant Spirit Lives on with Family and Friends
 
Mackenzie

Young Honor Student Taken by Myocarditis

Mackenzie Moreland's Story
 
Mark’s Family Raise Awareness and Money in His Honor

Find Out How Myocarditis Stole the Life of a Young, Athletic Father

Mark’s Family Raises Awareness and Money in His Honor
 
Melisa Sofia’s Memory Lives On

Myocarditis Takes the Life of the Little Girl with the Biggest Heart in the School

Melisa Sofia’s Memory Lives On
 
Melita

Little Girl Takes Her Last Breath in Her Mother's Arms the Same Day She Developed Flu-Like Symptoms

Family Works with the Myocarditis Foundation to Ensure Many More "Melita's Moments"
 
Michael’s Family Do Not Want His Life to be in Vain

Discover How Viral Myocarditis Claimed the Life of a Healthy 25-Year-Old

Michael’s Family Does Not Want His Life to be in Vain
 
Rhett Lundy

Myocarditis Strikes a Young, Ambitious Teen

Rhett's family remembers their beloved son and brother
 
Rylan

My Rylan

Rylan's family remembers their sweet, kind boy
 
Sarah Knight

A Young Kindergarten Teacher's Family and Community Remember Her

Sarah's family share the mark she made on the world
 
Staci

Leaving a Legacy: A Heart to Change

The Staci Stephens Story
 
Tim’s Flu-Like Symptoms Led to Sudden Death

Discover How a Healthy 30-Year-Old Died within 15 Minutes

Tim’s Flu-Like Symptoms Led to Sudden Death
 

Dedicated Doctors, Board Members and Activists

Candace Partnered with Two Doctors to Form the Myocarditis Foundation

Giant Cell Myocarditis Survivor Dedicated Her Life to Saving Others

Candace Partnered with Two Doctors to Form the Myocarditis Foundation
 
Dr. Antoniak Studied the Interactions Between the Coagulation System and the Immune System After a Virus Infection

Raising the Awareness of Virus Infection of the Heart

Dr. Antoniak Studied the Interactions Between the Coagulation System and the Immune System After a Virus Infection
 
Dr. Cooper Partnered with Survivor to Start Foundation

Discover How a 49-Year-Old Patient Survived Giant Cell Myocarditis

Dr. Cooper Partnered with Survivor to Start Foundation 
 
Dr. Deng Partners with Survivor to Start Foundation

Find Out How a Patient Survived Giant Cell Myocarditis and a Heart Transplant

Dr. Deng Partners with Survivor to Start Foundation
 
Joe Considers Himself a Walking Miracle

Myocarditis Survivor Serves on the Myocarditis Foundation Board of Directors

Joe Considers Himself a Walking Miracle
 
Miles was Inspired to Help Others by a School Project

Piano and Violin Virtuoso Became a Myocarditis Activist

Miles was Inspired to Help Others by a School Project
 
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