Debbie Allen's Story
I have built a career around acting, directing and choreographing – but my great passion in life is dancing. I have performed in television, film and theaters all over the world for nearly 40 years.
I lead a very active life and need to keep my health in close check. My intense dance schedule has caused me numerous muscle strains and pains, three times requiring the need for an MRI to create a detailed, “inside” picture of my muscles, joints and other soft tissue. My family also has a long history of heart disease and I am aware that some of the devices used to treat these conditions can interfere with other important medical technology.
My best friend Armando Zetina, whom I have known for 35 years, has a pacemaker. Armando is faced with an issue that could pose a great challenge for him in the future. Historically people with pacemakers are not allowed MRI access, which means his other health issues could well become compromised.
I ‘Joined’ the Pace Makers because I believe in the power of a well-informed patient, especially when it comes to having access to technology that could help manage their medical condition. Armando believes in that, too. He feels strongly that people need to educate themselves so they know their options and can have an informed discussion with their physician.
People invest more time in deciding what car to buy than they do on a device that may help improve the quality of their life. I want everyone to know there are options. That’s why I chose to become an advocate for the Join the Pace Makers Campaign.
I’m glad you’ve taken the first step by visiting this website. It’s here where people can connect with one another, share their personal story and encourage others who may need a pacemaker to talk with their physicians about the best treatment option for them. Won’t you join me and become a Pace Maker, too?
Debbie Allen's Story
"My family also has a long history of heart disease and I am aware that some of the devices used to treat these conditions can interfere with other important medical technology."