Crossroads…

“Incoming Call — Suretha -Vitalab” The day had finally come where we got the news of our genetic testing. We approached the crossroads quicker than I expected. I starred at my screen for a while before I answered.…

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#FreshBreathCheck With IvoHealth!

Did you know that February is National Fresh Breath Month? During February’s National Fresh Breath Month, Sunstar GUM is equipping you with quality oral care tools to super-power your oral hygiene routine for that #FreshBreathCheck. Oral hygiene is…

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It’s all in the Genes…

I have had my fair share of Dr visits throughout my teenage life, but walking into the Vitalab Office to meet with a fertility Dr, was very new territory. Realisation set in, in that moment for me. We…

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Mother Nature Did Me Dirty…

There I sit, in a room filled with expecting parents. I sit quietly on my own, notepad and referral documents in hand, just watching. Glancing across the room, I see a couple holding hands, grinning so loving to…

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The “B” Word…

The infamous “B” word, or rather, the sentence that we all love to hate… “So when are you guys having a BABY?” Isn’t it funny how this is the question on everyone’s lips literally right after you get…

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Pulmonary Hypertension Invisible Illness. For me it isn’t…

November marks the month of bringing this illness to life. Letting it be the star of the show, showing people just how ‘great’ Pulmonary Hypertension is. Pulmonary hypertension might be an invisible illness, but it isn’t invisible to…

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It’s the Little Things: Do Something Different Today and Get Inspired!

We all get a little bored with life sometimes, when the usual routine becomes a bit monotonous and uninspiring. Rather than have to make drastic changes, sometimes all you need is to make a few small changes that…

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Event: Detox Day with Renewal Institute

To my delight I had received a pretty invitation in my inbox to attend an event at the Skin Renewal Institute Bedfordview . I love attending events that can influence our daily life in a big way and…

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Longevity Event – All About Healthy Living with MNI

Last week I attend my first Longevity Event and it was so amazing! Here is the details of what went down! The  exclusive readers event was held at the gorgeous Munro Boutique Hotel in Houghton. Longevity and MNI…

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Pink October with Hey Casey!

As we all know, October is Breast Cancer awareness Month. Cancer has sadly affected 3 woman in my family, taking 1 of the greatest woman I had the pleasure of knowing and was truly blessed to call her…

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Meditation in the Workplace…

  When life is feeling overwhelming and I feel like I don’t have the time to do everything – I know it’s time to get back into meditation! Even though I do Yoga twice a week, it doesn’t…

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#WorldPHDay

Every year on May 5, pulmonary hypertension organizations and groups around the world participate in World Pulmonary Hypertension Day activities to raise awareness of this rare and often-misdiagnosed disease and to celebrate the lives of the global PH…

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Tea Meditation Experience…

This year I’m all about finding my Zen and in order to do that I have taken up all things Zen’y. From purchasing motivational books to doing yoga classes after work to searching for meditation retreats and finding…

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Yes, it’s traumatic…

Once Pulmonary Hypertension was brought to my attention, it’s been nothing but a life altering path I did not choose, but was forced to take. A difficult journey my soul has chosen to take. Every disease has it’s…

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947 MTB Challenge for PH!

On the 13th November 2016, a group of family and newly made friends, worked up the courage and took on the 947 MTB Telkom Challenge. I, myself , was supposed to join in on the fun but due…

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Discovering the PH Me…

This year marks 10 years that I have been living with Pulmonary Hypertension and admittedly, it’s the first time I’ve really experienced my silent killer with full force. If you are a little lost on the whole PH…

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The Jenna Lowe Trust…

The Jenna Lowe trust has been hard at work and have inspiring news to share.. Remember the #Getmeto21  campaign for Jenna Lowe that I wrote about a while back? No..  Dont worry, you can refresh your memory here.…

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#SaveSehako- Story of Hope

It seems that PH is making its mark in SA with more and more young people suffering from this disease. PH is a life threatening lung disease – Read about the disease here. Its heartbreaking. PH Suffer Gontlafetse Sehako…

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Farewell Beautiful Jenna Lowe

  Its with great sadness that the news of PH Hero Jenna Lowe has passed after a long and hard recovery after her double lung transplant. I have followed her from the beginning and saw her as a…

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Supporting Pulmonary Hypertension.

  So the month is over and so end my awareness month for PH. Lets keep the light of hope alive and reach out and help. There is so much to learn about this disease so educate yourself…

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Are you #PHaware?

Know the facts- Be PHaware          

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Health Management Basics with PH

Pulmonary Hypertension patients take alot of medications, some more than others, to help manage their disease. Its to help prevent the disease from worsening and to treat the side effects caused from the drugs that arise. Taking ownership…

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Awareness Month for PH

Show your support by spreading the word via instagram, twitter and facebook #PHaware and tag it to nicolef_coutinho so that we can make special mentions to our supporters!

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Day- to-Day Living with PH

Being diagnosed with PH is very daunting. I remember in beginning researching on the disease and being shocked about each new fact that I learnt about it. There is so much to absorb you cant help but feel…

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The Basics of Pulmonary Hypertension

In short, Pulmonary Hypertension is high blood pressure in the lungs. It is a chronic and rare disease which has no cure. If not treated in can lead to right -heart failure. (Scary right?) In most cases, the…

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PH Awareness Month

The 1st of November marks the beginning of Pulmonary Hypertension month. This years Awareness Month theme is ” Lighting the Way for a Better Tomorrow” Too often, a pulmonary hypertension diagnosis feels like being shoved into a dark…

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#GetMeTo21

Being diagnosed with Pulmonary Hypertension, you restructure your life and focus on whats really important. I vowed from the day that I was diagnosed that I would do something to help someone with a similar situation as myself,…

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Pulmonary Hypertension…

Let me properly introduce myself.. Hi, my name is Nicole and I have a rare disease called Primary Pulmonary Hypertension. I was diagnosed in 2006. I have been living with it for the past  8 years. This is…

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Happy Stepping with Fitbit

I was gifted last Christmas with this nifty little fitness tracker from my Mike. He’s always encouraging me to keep fit due to my illness and thought that this little device would give me the motivation to keep…

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Healthy Body, Healthy Mind..

I’m that type of person that is all for healthy living and keeping fit, but to drag myself to the gym, uh, no. I feel that we should find ways to want to work your body and be…

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