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Horseheads resident on 'Dr. Oz' show today

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Friday, January 21, 2011

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When Wendy Wolcott responded to a viewer inquiry regarding heart issues on "The Dr. Oz Show" about year ago, she didn't give it a second thought.

"I sent a paragraph about myself and how I found it difficult to get good cardiac care, education and support in my area," Wendy said.

The Horseheads resident has Antiphospholipid Syndrome, commonly known as sticky blood disease. It's a rare disorder that causes blood clots that clog arteries and veins, cutting off blood supplies to parts of the body.

Wendy had her first heart attack at 32, and a second at 43 as a result of the disease.

"It's like a time bomb. You wait until there's another situation that takes you to the emergency room," Wendy said. "I'm lucky to have a healthy heart. It's all in my arteries."

About six months ago, Wendy received word that Oz was interested in her condition for a segment on preventive care.

"But I hadn't heard anything after that," she said.

Last Monday, she got a call asking her to appear on the show. The next day, she arrived by train in New York City to tape a segment scheduled to air at 3 p.m. Friday on WETM-TV.

"It turned into a whirlwind," Wendy said. "They needed me to get there immediately."

Wendy was chauffered around the city by limousine, stayed at the London Hotel in the heart of New York City and dined in a restaurant owned by Gordon Ramsay, the producer of FOX's "Hell's Kitchen."

As for Dr. Mehmet Oz, Wendy said, "He's exactly the same as he is on TV. He's very busy and very businesslike."

Oz connected Wendy with a national organization, and she hopes to start a support group in this region to help others.

"I haven't seen the segment yet, so I'm excited," Wendy said. "I really hope it helps women in the area who are looking to reach out and meet on a regular basis."

* If you'd like to meet Jessica L. Degarmo, author of "How to Meet a Guy at the Supermarket," the place to be is the Barry Scott Agency, 230 S. Main St. in Elmira where she'll host a book signing at 7 p.m. Friday.

The book sells for about $15 at local and online bookstores.


Copyright © 2011 Star-Gazette.

Author: By Jennifer Kingsley
Source: Star-Gazette
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