Dora loves to walk around her Germantown neighborhood, and even three miles up Germantown Avenue all the way to Chestnut Hill. Eight years ago, when breathing during those walks started to become a real struggle for her, she went to see her family doctor.
Thanks to the Temple Heart & Vascular Institute, these days if you want to find Julie, your best bet would be to go to her bustling bakery, The Able Baker, in Maplewood, New Jersey. That hasn’t always been the case. In September 2006, the then 41-year-old went into cardiac arrest while jogging on a treadmill at her gym. She survived, but was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, an abnormal condition that makes it harder for the heart to pump and distribute blood.