[Gwen Mayes] told a guy she was casually dating about her heart condition and never saw him again. "He said, 1I don't want to date an invalid.' I'll never forget that. When you're a young person, a statement like that leaves a mark.Now, Gwen is writing a memoir titled If My Heart Could Talk that explores a two-year period centered on a life-changing event that occurred 18 years ago. "The memoir starts in 1991 when I'm in the back of an ambulance and they've picked me up at my office in the federal government and now I'm a young woman whose secret is out.""Now, I'm a national spokesperson for WomenHeart.org, the only national coalition for women with heart disease, I have a support group of other women that I can call and say, ? was up all night with my heart going lump and bump and thump, thump, thump.' And they know what I'm talking about. And they know what it's like to be denied insurance, and they know what it's like to live with anxiety and your nerves, and how you focus on how any minute something could go wrong. There are eight million women living with the risk of heart disease, so I do a lot of education and volunteer work.