“From the Heart”

 

 

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Photo Credit

http://www.emoryrosephotography.com/

 

 

 

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Reflections….

I have so much to be grateful for…..

Before I was discharged from the hospital,  I asked God to  give me the strength to return home to my beautiful family and he answered my prayer.

I’m 100%  dependent on the pace maker to help my heart function and I rely on God : 100 % to press through  the high and low moments of my recovery process.

Unexpected blessings continue to come my way and I give God all the honor & praise.

 

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National Heart Valve Awareness Day took place on Thursday, February 22nd, 2018.

Celebrating at Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

http://www.valvediseaseday.org/

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Heart Valve Disease Survivor

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2018 Collage

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2017 Collage

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2015 Collage

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World Kindness Week      2018

 

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escucha a tu corazón

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compartir recursos de la comunidad

 

http://www.heart.org/idc/groups/heart-public/@wcm/@hcm/documents/downloadable/ucm_480436.pdf

 

http://www.heart.org/idc/groups/heart-public/@wcm/@hcm/documents/downloadable/ucm_480438.pdf

 

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http://www.heart.org/idc/groups/heart-public/@wcm/@hcm/documents/downloadable/ucm_480788.pdf

 

http://es.heart.org/dheart/HEARTORG/Conditions/Answers-by-Heart-Fact-Sheets-Multi-language-Information_UCM_314158_Article.jsp#.WotJ1ExFxpi

 

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Meet the Heart Valve Ambassador Team

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The Heart Valve Ambassador Program

I count it an honor; selected a member of the  inaugural class : representing the State Of Georgia.
http://gwinnettcitizen.com/gc/index.php…

In 2015, the American Heart Association established the Heart Valve Patient Ambassador program, a small, volunteer-based group of patients and caregivers who offer support to the millions of Americans impacted by heart valve disease.

This inaugural group of volunteer ambassadors is made up of seven heart valve disease survivors, including myself, and one caregiver from across the country who represent the face of heart valve disease in America and show that heart valve disease can affect people of different ages, backgrounds and lifestyles.

As ambassadors, we are leaders in the patient community and work directly with the AHA to raise awareness about heart valve disease resources for patients. We reach out to the patient community – both online, through the Support Network, and at in-person events – to offer support and direct patients to resources that are available through the AHA.

Through firsthand experience, we are able to offer valuable perspective and insights to other patients and caregivers struggling with a recent diagnosis or recovery from surgery.

Support Network
We spend a lot of time interacting with patients on the Support Network. The Support Network is an online support community dedicated to those who have experienced a heart event, heart disease, stroke or congenital heart defect as a survivor or caregiver.

We know educated patients recover faster and that there is a link between caregivers who feel emotionally supported and the level of care and they are able to provide to loved ones and family members. The Support Network provides a place for patients, families and caregivers to give and receive support, improve their own health and impact the lives of others.

The Support Network is more than a conventional support group, it gives individuals access to credible resources, experts via online chats and webinars as well as fellow survivors and caregivers.

Fyi: Heart Valve Ambassadors : recently selected: Debra North and Ray Rivera :

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Meet the Heart Valve Ambassadors….

(please click the link below)

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

It is easy to join the Support Network, just visit www.heart.org/supportnetwork

National Heart Valve Awareness Day

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National Heart Valve Awareness Day will take place on February 22nd, 2018

 

Five million Americans diagnosed with HVD, a sometimes deadly disease, and 40% of Americans have never heard of it. To receive additional information re; the national campaign, please visit the following website.. www.ValveDiseaseDay.org/ 

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RE:  American  Heart Association Heart Valve Ambassador Support Team

I count it an honor; selected; a member of the first inaugural class,  representing the State Of Georgia.

For additional information, please click the link below…

http://blog.heart.org/ambassador-program-created-to-support-heart-valve-patients/#comment-49669  

 

 

One Grateful Heart

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“Nine Year Open Heart Anniversary”

My heart valve replacement surgery took place on February 12th, 2009.  Four days later I developed heart blockage . The doctor informed my family that I would need a pace maker to help my heart function. A year later, my third  surgery took place  :  pace maker revision. My fourth surgery took place on December 21st, 2015; I received new batteries  in my pace maker.

I thank God for my second chance at life.

Photo Credit; http://www.emoryrosephotography.com/

I Go Red because, I’m a Heart Disease Survivor.

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I remain committed to helping patients cope with the recovery process.

Heart and Soul Collage

PASSION PROJECT
In 2013, I created a collage of hearts for the purpose of honoring every person affected by heart disease and celebrate my recovery from four surgeries. I share the beautiful hearts with patients at area hospitals to bring hope & encouragement  To date more than one thousand collages have been decorated each February by schools, nonprofit groups and churches to represent what they’ve learned about heart health.

I’m so grateful for the support I continue to receive from my beautiful family & friends.

The pictures were taken on February 11th, 2018 at Lenora Park.

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