Chris Archer-Chicko is the nurse coordinator of the pulmonary vascular disease program at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She has been caring for pulmonary hypertension patients for more than 21 years. Fran is the nurse practitioner and clinical coordinator of the Temple University Hospital Pulmonary Hypertension and Right Heart Family Program.
She has been working exclusively in PH for the last 8 years. With that, welcome, Fran and Chris, and thanks so much for taking the time to be here with us today. Thank you for having us. Yes thank you so much. So this is Fran and I just wanted to go over our session description, so what we hope to cover on Women's Health Issues is specific considerations to women with PH.
The areas that we will discuss are on the screen. We have some others we'll throw in there too. So to get started, I wanted to talk a little bit about the impact of a PH diagnosis in younger women. I'd like to talk about self image, realistic expectations, acceptance, finding new ways to participate in activities, as well as romantic activities. So in young women, and I think in all of us, we certainly have a sense of our self-image, and if that image changes because of a new medical diagnosis, that's a little bit hard to take!
Whether you're taking oral medications or specifically if you are requiring pump-based therapy or inhaled therapy, that becomes a part of your life 24/7, 365, so you have to come to terms eventually with the fact that what you're taking is life sustaining for you and will make you feel better, stronger, and make you able to do the things that you want to do at your young age. So, again, you have to incorporate the people that are supportive of you, so they know how you're feeling, and also be...
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