In the midst of the holiday season, just after devouring a traditional turkey feast and right before finishing her Christmas shopping, Marian McDowell went to the doctor for a routine checkup. At just 52 years old, she expected the doctor's visit to be a quick in-and-out, but it ended up being anything but.
McDowell's doctor sat her down and told her that her life was at risk, and she needed to take immediate action to get healthy, or face devastating implications. Her cholesterol levels were concerning, and blood tests searching for other health factors such as diabetes raised some red flags. McDowell's family has a history of heart disease, and with a predisposition and family connection, McDowell's doctor told her she needed to act fast.