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Be Still My Beating Heart

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Author: Stacy W. Kish

As a young woman, Martha Aston knew something wasn’t right. 

Beyond the bone-grinding fatigue, she also could not catch her breath. During a routine medical check-up a few months later, her doctor paused while listening to her heart.

Martha did not realize it, but she was about to begin a long medical journey that would weave a genetic thread through space and time linking her to John Flemming Wakefield, her great, great, great, great grandfather who crossed the country as part of a caravan from Pennsylvania to Utah in the early-19thcentury.

Read more about Martha's story.