Name: Elizabeth Luipold
Age at time of Dissection: 42
Type of Dissection: Ascending
Date of Aortic Dissection: 13 September 2010
Tell Us Your Story:

I started feeling sick on the weekend but didn’t know exactly what was wrong. Ion Monday September 13,2010 I went to work but by noon my life would change forever. I got up from my desk and was lightheaded, chalked it up to a panic attack and went outside and called my family doctor just to be safe.

The office informed me to get to er as they thought I was having a stroke. Stubborn me, went back In to work but a coworker quickly put me in her car and off to the emergency room. Other then a little jaw pain, I had no symptoms!!

I figured I would be back to work in a hour or so. After a few tests, and a ct scan that was never finished because they saw the dissection, I was rushed back to my room and then told to get my family members In asap! As they arrived I was being prepared for life flight to the Cleveland clinic.

I was told to say what I needed to say as I might not be able to later. I had to tell my 17yr old and 15 yr old I loved them, knowing I might not make it to Cleveland for surgery. My husband was on the road working in St Louis Missouri and was driving to get to me.

I said my i love yous and good byes on the phone. I made if to the Cleveland clinic early evening and was prepared for open heart, still not realizing how bad I really was! After 7 hour surgery, I survived!!! I have another dissection that they are watching now!

And in 2013 I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer….this too I am surviving!!