Two Months Away from the 29th Annual Metro Atlanta Heart Walk

 

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Two months away from the 29th Annual Metro Atlanta Heart Walk… A Special Day to Celebrate life,  Promote Awareness and Raise Funds for Medical Research.

Join us on Saturday, September 24th at Centennial Olympic Park(8:00am).

All ages are welcome to participate. Registration is free.

If you’re unable to attend the heart walk,  feel free to mail a donation ( any amount) to the address  listed below or  donate on-line

American Heart Association

Attn: Atlanta Heart Walk

Ref: Team Kimberly Goodloe

1101 Northchase Pkwy, Suite 1

Marietta, GA 30067

Please make check payable to the American Heart Association

Thanks for supporting the fight against heart disease.

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http://metroatlantaheartwalk.kintera.org/faf/search/searchTeamPart.asp?ievent=1150106&lis=0&kntae1150106=A84B74A90B794315BC07E5BAE604084B&team=6619891

(sharing the link to my team page)

 

http://metroatlantaheartwalk.kintera.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp?ievent=1150106&lis=0&kntae1150106=F85D2167AF7F4B679E4C99EC987A15A1&supid=296894039

( sharing the link to my personal/donation page)

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Affiliate/How-Your-Donation-Can-Make-a-Difference_UCM_316583_Article.jsp#.V5R6r4-cFpg

(how your donation can make a difference)

https://www.goredforwomen.org/about-heart-disease/facts_about_heart_disease_in_women-sub-category/statistics-at-a-glance/

(heart disease statistics)

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/PhysicalActivity/FitnessBasics/Staying-Active-in-Warm-Weather_UCM_475175_Article.jsp#.V5R7RI-cFpg

(staying active in warm weather)

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“Journey Of The Heart”

 

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I met with a  representative from the American Heart Association  (May, 2010)  re: sharing my  story & volunteer opportunities with the organization. I completed the (volunteer) application and my journey began :helping patients cope with the recovery process.

A year ago, I traveled to Dallas, Texas to attend the two day training at the American Heart Association’s National Center for the newly established Heart Valve Ambassador Program. I  count it an honor to join a wonderful group of National Volunteer  Ambassadors, committed to making a difference in the community. I give God all the honor and praise for what is taking place in my life.

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I ‘m grateful for the kind words and encouragement, I continue to receive from my family, friends,  American Heart Association management and staff : in Atlanta, Washington D.C.  and National Headquarters  located in Dallas, Texas: Heart Valve Ambassadors, and Edwards Lifesciences Foundation ,national sponsor of the American Heart Association’s Valvular Disease Education Center and Ambassador Program

 

Sharing one of the articles published after I returned home from the  two day training session in Dallas, Texas.

American Heart Association Launches Heart Valve Disease Ambassador Program Local heart valve disease survivor selected as ambassador for national program to support heart valve community

http://gwinnettcitizen.com/gc/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2122&catid=29&Itemid=136

The American Heart Association is pleased to announce the launch of the Heart Valve Ambassador Program, an initiative designed to provide support to the millions of Americans impacted by heart valve disease.

The inaugural group of volunteer ambassadors includes seven heart valve disease survivors and one caregiver from across the country who represent the face of heart valve disease in America and show that it can affect people of different ages, backgrounds and lifestyles. These ambassadors will serve as leaders in the community and will work with the American Heart Association to raise awareness about heart valve disease and share available resources for patients and families. Kimberly Goodloe, 48, from Atlanta, GA, has experienced heart valve disease firsthand. Kimberly was born with an abnormal valve, but didn’t begin to develop symptoms until her 40s. She learned she needed an aortic valve replacement in 2009 and underwent open heart surgery, receiving a mechanical valve to replace her damaged aortic valve. Four days after her surgery, she developed a blockage and during a second surgery, she received a pacemaker. A year later, her third surgery took place: pacemaker revision. In 2010, Kimberly began volunteering with her local American Heart Association affiliate in Atlanta. Since then, she’s become involved in a number of programs, including “Go Red for Women,” “You’re the Cure” and others. Kimberly will continue to work in the Atlanta community to offer support and to direct patients and caregivers to available resources, including helpful information about heart valve disease, potential treatment options and recovery milestones on the American Heart Association’s Heart Valve Disease Education Center at www.heart.org/heartvalves. Additionally, patients and caregivers can connect with Kimberly on the American Heart Association’s Support Network, an online forum that enables people affected by heart disease and stroke to share their personal experiences and give and receive emotional support.  The eight ambassadors assembled at the American Heart Association’s Dallas headquarters in July 2015  to meet with American Heart Association staff and leadership, including CEO Nancy Brown and Chief Mission Officer Meighan Girgus. The ambassadors shared their personal stories, learned more about the American Heart Association’s history and mission and brainstormed ways to support those affected by heart valve disease.  Over the next year, the ambassadors will engage with the heart valve disease community, both online via the Support Network and social media platforms and through in-person outreach, including participation in Heart Walks, Go Red for Women Luncheons and Expos and other local events. Support for the Heart Valve Ambassador Program is provided by Edwards Lifesciences. For more information about heart valve disease, please visit the American Heart Association’s Heart Valve Disease Education Center at www.heart.org/heartvalves. To connect with Kimberly or another heart valve ambassador, visit the Support Network at supportnetwork.heart.org/heartvalvedisease.

To follow Kimberly’s  Journey Of The Heart”; visit her health blog visit: https://4wedobelieve.wordpress.com

 

 

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Promoting Heart Awareness…..

http://supportnetwork.heart.org/blogs/43/72

http://heartinsight.heart.org/Summer-2015/Kimberly-Goodloes-Why/

http://blog.heart.org/goodloe-finding-ways-to-offer-and-ask-for-help/

 

https://issuu.com/ourtownmag/docs/otm_june-july2016_green_web/14

 

http://blackdoctor.org/486874/american-heart-association-my-story/

 

http://blog.heart.org/ambassador-program-created-to-support-heart-valve-patients/

 

https://www.bwhi.org/blog/2016/02/23/home/5-ways-to-reduce-your-risk-of-heart-disease

 

http://gwinnettcitizen.com/gc/local-news/gwinnett-pulse/2474-kimberly-goodloe-s-got-heart

 

http://blog.heart.org/stories-heart-initially-reluctant-discuss-heart-repairs-shes-since-taken-story-capitol-hill/

 

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/More/HeartValveProblemsandDisease/Heart-Valve-Disease-Personal-Stories_UCM_467172_Article.jsp#

http://www.journalinquirer.com/online_features/health_and_wellness/people-with-heart-valve-disease-are-never-alone-thanks-to/article_945352ab-5ce8-5054-8f5c-6b8c42e630b0.html

 

 

 

 

Walk For Heart Health

 

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Sharing Community Resources….

 

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/PhysicalActivity/Walking/Why-Walking_UCM_461770_Article.jsp#.V37Vb4-cFpg

 

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/PhysicalActivity/Walking/Stretches-for-Walking_UCM_461779_Article.jsp#.V37Vpo-cFpg

 

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/PhysicalActivity/Walking/Walking-Morning-Noon-or-Night_UCM_461781_Article.jsp#.V37VjI-cFpg

 

 

Upcoming Event….

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The 29th Annual  Metro Atlanta Heart Walk(  3.1 miles)  will take place on Saturday, September 24th at Centennial Olympic Park.

8:00am: Opening ceremony

8:30am; The walk begins

Registrations is Free. All ages are welcome to participate.

Money raised at the event will support medical research and save more lives.

 

http://metroatlantaheartwalk.kintera.org/faf/search/searchTeamPart.asp?ievent=1150106&lis=0&kntae1150106=A84B74A90B794315BC07E5BAE604084B&team=6619891

( sharing the link to my team page)

If you’re unable to attend the event, please feel free to mail in donations( to the address below)  or  donate on-line  before the heart walk.

Thanks for supporting the fight against heart disease.

http://metroatlantaheartwalk.kintera.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp?ievent=1150106&lis=0&kntae1150106=F85D2167AF7F4B679E4C99EC987A15A1&supid=296894039 ( sharing the (sharing the link to my donation page)

Please make check payable to the American Heart Association

American Heart Association

Attn: Atlanta Heart Walk

Ref: Team Kimberly Goodloe

1101 Northchase Pkwy, Suite 1

Marietta, GA 30067

 

 

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Special Recognition

Dedra Walker/Emoryrose Photography

http://emoryrosephotography.smugmug.com

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Daphania Adams  designed my dress.

NFH Association Recipient; three years in a row; 1999-2002

Specialize in Custom Made Women, Men, Children, Home Décor, Alterations, Reconstruction,

To contact Daphania directly:

daphaniaadams@gmail.com

Facebook @Daphania Adams

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Upcoming event

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The 29th Annual  Metro Atlanta Heart Walk(  3.1 miles)  will take place on Saturday, September 24th at Centennial Olympic Park.

8:00am: Opening ceremony

8:30am; The walk begins

Registrations is Free. All ages are welcome to participate.

Money raised at the event will support medical research and save more lives.

 

http://metroatlantaheartwalk.kintera.org/faf/search/searchTeamPart.asp?ievent=1150106&lis=0&kntae1150106=A84B74A90B794315BC07E5BAE604084B&team=6619891

( sharing the link to my team page)

If you’re unable to attend the event, please feel free to mail in donations( to the address below)  or  donate on-line  before the heart walk.

Thanks for supporting the fight against heart disease.

http://metroatlantaheartwalk.kintera.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp?ievent=1150106&lis=0&kntae1150106=F85D2167AF7F4B679E4C99EC987A15A1&supid=296894039 ( sharing the (sharing the link to my donation page)

Please make check payable to the American Heart Association

American Heart Association

Attn: Atlanta Heart Walk

Ref: Team Kimberly Goodloe

1101 Northchase Pkwy, Suite 1

Marietta, GA 30067

 

 

 

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 Sharing Heart Healthy Traveling Tips

http://supportnetwork.heart.org/blogs/43/206 ( my new article)

http://heartinsight.heart.org/May-2012/Plan-prepare-pack/

http://www.cdc.gov/phpr/documents/pre-infographictravelprep.pdf?platform=hootsuite

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/More/MyHeartandStrokeNews/Travel-and-Heart-Disease_UCM_447033_Article.jsp#.V3Ls8I-cFpg

 

 

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 Upcoming event..

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The 29th Annual  Metro Atlanta Heart Walk(  3.1 miles)  will take place on Saturday, September 24th at Centennial Olympic Park.

8:00am: Opening ceremony

8:30am; The walk begins

Registrations is Free. All ages are welcome to participate.

Money raised at the event will support medical research and save more lives.

 

http://metroatlantaheartwalk.kintera.org/faf/search/searchTeamPart.asp?ievent=1150106&lis=0&kntae1150106=A84B74A90B794315BC07E5BAE604084B&team=6619891

( sharing the link to my team page)

If you’re unable to attend the event, please feel free to mail in donations( to the address below)  or  donate on-line  before the heart walk.

Thanks for supporting the fight against heart disease.

http://metroatlantaheartwalk.kintera.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp?ievent=1150106&lis=0&kntae1150106=F85D2167AF7F4B679E4C99EC987A15A1&supid=296894039 ( sharing the (sharing the link to my donation page)

Please make check payable to the American Heart Association

American Heart Association

Attn: Atlanta Heart Walk

Ref: Team Kimberly Goodloe

1101 Northchase Pkwy, Suite 1

Marietta, GA 30067

 

 

Three Months and Counting…

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hsheart walk banner tent

The 29th Annual  Metro Atlanta Heart Walk(  3.1 miles)  will take place on Saturday, September 24th at Centennial Olympic Park.

8:00am: Opening ceremony

8:30am; The walk begins

Registrations is Free. All ages are welcome to participate.

Money raised at the event will support medical research and save more lives.

 

http://metroatlantaheartwalk.kintera.org/faf/search/searchTeamPart.asp?ievent=1150106&lis=0&kntae1150106=A84B74A90B794315BC07E5BAE604084B&team=6619891

( sharing the link to my team page)

If you’re unable to attend the event, please feel free to mail in donations( to the address below)  or  donate on-line  before the heart walk.

Thanks for supporting the fight against heart disease.

http://metroatlantaheartwalk.kintera.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp?ievent=1150106&lis=0&kntae1150106=F85D2167AF7F4B679E4C99EC987A15A1&supid=296894039 ( sharing the (sharing the link to my donation page)

Please make check payable to the American Heart Association

American Heart Association

Attn: Atlanta Heart Walk

Ref: Team Kimberly Goodloe

1101 Northchase Pkwy, Suite 1

Marietta, GA 30067

 

Sharing healthy heart resources for the entire family.,,,,

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/WeightManagement/LosingWeight/5-Steps-to-Lose-Weight_UCM_307260_Article.jsp#.Vo1G_stdFpg

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/PhysicalActivity/StayingMotivatedforFitness/Dont-Work-Out-Alone—Fitness-Peer-Support_UCM_462207_Article.jsp#.Vo1H3stdFpg

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/PhysicalActivity/StayingMotivatedforFitness/Staying-Motivated-For-Fitness_UCM_462250_SubHomePage.jsp

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/HealthierKids/HowtoMakeaHealthyHome/How-to-Make-a-Healthy-Home_UCM_304154_SubHomePage.jsp

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I walk on honor of every family affected by heart/stroke disease

One Grateful Heart

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Six Years ago , my third surgery took place ; pace maker revision; right lead replaced. I thank God for giving my doctor wisdom to identify & correct the problem with the device.

My message to anyone facing health obstacles on a daily basis: : Hold on… Don’t give up..  : Keep praying, trusting & believing. “With God all things are possible”

To my beautiful family & friends , thanks for all of your support & kind words.

 

 

FYI:  MY HEART JOURNEY ( timeline)

February 12th,  2009;  heart valve replacement surgery ( received mechanical valve)

February 16th  2009:  first pace maker surgery

June 23rd’ 2010;         second pace maker surgery:  right lead replaced.

December 21st, 2015:   third pace maker surgery: new batteries  placed in my pace maker

 

 

Sharing Healthy Resources…

https://www.goredforwomen.org

http://supportnetwork.heart.org/home

http://supportnetwork.heart.org/stroke

http://supportnetwork.heart.org/heart

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Caregiver/Caregiver_UCM_001103_SubHomePage.jsp

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/PhysicalActivity/GettingActive/Get-Moving-Easy-Tips-to-Get-Active_UCM_307978_Article.jsp

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/NutritionCenter/SimpleCookingwithHeart/Simple-Cooking-with-Heart-Home-Page_UCM_430043_SubHomePage.jsp

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/Arrhythmia/PreventionTreatmentofArrhythmia/Living-With-Your-Pacemaker_UCM_305290_Article.jsp#.V2ujoY-cFpg

 

Photo Credit:

http://www.takenbylalaphotography.com/ http://www.takenbylalaphotography.com/

 

 

 

                              MY STORY OF TRIUMPH AND HEALING

 

I was born with an abnormal heart valve. We were told a couple of years ago that I would need a replacement. Two weeks before my (first) surgery February 12, 2009, I experienced shortness of breath, I knew something didn’t feel right. I made an appointment with the doctor, a test was ordered, surgery date was scheduled, I contacted my family & friends and begin to pray & focus on what was getting ready to take place in my life. Blockage occurred after the first surgery, then I received a pace maker (second surgery), February 16th, 2009. Recently (June 23rd, 2010), after a regular check-up (pace maker reading) at the doctor’s office, my third surgery ( pace  maker revision) took place the following day. I received new batteries ( fourth surgery) in my pace maker on December 21st, 2015          

 

Before the procedure on Feb 12th,  I contacted my family members, Pastor & Church Family, employer, co-workers, friends, neighbors, etc. My (strong) support system provided prayers, phone calls, flowers, books, beautiful cards, hospital visits, home visits, meals etc. It was important to provide support for my husband & children. We discussed the surgical procedure with our children. It was necessary to continue providing a secure & stable environment. The door is always open anytime for the kids to come to us with any questions or concerns. The valve replacement surgery was successful, then I developed blockage. The doctors notified my husband that I would need a pace maker to help my heart function. It was unplanned but necessary. The second procedure took place four days after the first procedure. Pace maker revision occurred a year later and my fourth surgery ( new batteries in my pace maker) took place on December 21st, 2015  . We prayed with the Chaplain before the heart valve procedure. I also received  additional visits from the Chaplains (by my request); during all four surgeries.

 

My Faith in God, support from my husband, family, Pastor  & Church Family, medical staff, friends, neighbors, Radical Love Family, co-workers, employer, etc… continues to play a major role in the healing process. I know that God loves me & promised never to leave me alone. He helped me get through this time of testing. Jeremiah 30:17: “For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the Lord, because they called thee an Outcast saying, “This is Zion, who no man seeketh after.””

 

 

Acceptance is crucial during the recovery stage. Not living in denial, but accepting the daily challenges: occurring inside my body, coping with breathing issues on a daily basis, living with a pace maker, taking coumadin for the rest of my life, dealing with the discomfort in my chest. etc…….Where does my help come from? Believing & trusting God with my life. I know without a doubt that he is a healer. God is also loyal & faithful.  Psalm 107: 1 “O Give Thanks unto the Lord for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.” My relationship with my husband is even stronger. We were married in 1993 and promised to love each other unconditionally. He continues to provide emotional, physical, mental & spiritual support. While I was recovering he helped the kids with their homework, made daily trips to the grocery store, irons the kid’s clothes, worked hard every day and spent quality time with me. I thank God for my soul mate.

 

When I returned home from the hospital, my son (age 10), quietly walked in my bedroom and prayed by my side every night.  It was very important for him to thank God for healing his mother. When my daughter, (age 7), saw the scar on my chest (incision from heart surgery), it made her very uncomfortable.  She thought I was in pain. I spoke to the school counselor about the issue. My daughter touched the scar & saw that I wasn’t in pain. I’m happy to say, my daughter is now comfortable with the scar. After my surgery, our children asked about the limitations, when I would be able to drive again, how did I feel overall etc. We continue to keep the lines of communication open in our home. It’s very important for our children to express their feelings. I continue to pray for my husband & children. We are determined to face any obstacles “together” with God’s guidance.

 

Through FAITH, FAMILY, & FRIENDS, I’m able to face each day & know within my heart that God continues to bless me & my family.   Everyday is a GIFT from God.

 

Mrs. Kimberly A. Goodloe