Heart and Soul Collage:Here We Grow Again…..

Re: My Eight Year Heart Anniversary: true blessing

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On Sunday, February 12th, my beautiful family and friends attended my heart collage celebration. We added hearts to my collage project ( section #4) at a local park in our community.
The purpose of the collage; to celebrate my recovery from heat valve replacement and three pace maker  surgeries , promote heart awareness & honor family affected by heart/stroke disease.

I thank God for placing the desire in my heart to create the collage.

 

 

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Journey Of The Heart

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Photo Credit; Emoryrose Photography

 

 

 

           

 “It’s Time To Celebrate.. ..my first surgery took place eight years ago: I have soo much to be grateful for.

A  couple of years ago , I received a new heart valve( February 12th, 2009) plus a pace maker ( February 16th, 2009). I was born with an abnormal heart valve  and developed symptoms at age 42.  I notified my doctor, a test was ordered then I received a mechanical valve. 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( June 23rd, 2010), 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’m so proud of my victory scars:    the scar in the middle of my chest represent my recovery from heart valve replacement surgery and the scar located on the right side of my chest represent my recovery from three pace maker surgeries.

 

I thank God for touching my heart , giving me a second chance at life. Despite my health obstacles, I will continue to share with the world ,what God is doing in my life and encourage heart patients to keep moving forward, focus on the positive and never, never lose hope.

 

 

 

 

 

This entry was posted on February 12, 2017. 1 Comment

National Wear Red Day

 

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Photo Credit; Emoryrose Photography

 

National Wear Red Day will take place on Friday, February 3rd. Please wear red to show support for every family affected by heart and stroke disease.

What it means to “Go Red”

G: GET YOUR NUMBERS

Ask your doctor to check your blood pressure and cholesterol.

O: OWN YOUR LIFESTYLE

Stop smoking, lose weight, exercise, and eat healthy.

It’s up to you. No one can do it for you.

R: REALIZE YOUR RISK

We think it won’t happen to us, but heart disease kills one of three women.

E: EDUCATE YOUR FAMILY

Make healthy food choices for you and your family.

Teach your kids the importance of staying active.

D: DON’T BE SILENT

Tell every woman you know that heart disease is our No. 1 killer.

Raise your voice here at GoRedForWomen.org.

https://www.goredforwomen.org/get-involved/national-wear-red-day/what-it-means-to-go-red-for-women/

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Heart and Soul

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“When Praises Go Up, Blessings Come Down”

American Heart Month and my Heart Anniversary  ( 8 years)  will take place in a couple of weeks. I’m thanking God right now for sending the resources from the community to help me continue my mission;
advocating for the uninsured, promoting heart awareness , raising funds for medical research and providing support to heart/stroke patients and their caregivers. To my beautiful family & friends, Thanks for being apart of my heart journey.

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

 

 

 

 

This entry was posted on January 6, 2017. 2 Comments

“Go Red In February”

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One month away from National Wear Red Day

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I encourage everyone throughout the community to wear red, raise awareness and support every family affected by heart/stroke disease

To learn more about the nationwide campaign , Please visit the Go Red For Women website

https://www.goredforwomen.org/home/get-involved/show-support/

Sharing Healthy Heart Resources…..

www.heart.org

www.powertoendstroke.org

http://supportnetwork.heart.org/home

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m Grateful

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My fourth surgery ( new batteries placed in my pace maker)  took place on December 21st, 2015

A couple of days later,  I was readmitted due to complications. I began praying and happy to report, God answered my prayer.

I would  like to thank everyone for all of your support & kind words.

I’m looking for to celebrating my heart anniversary in February( 8 years ; true blessing).   I have sooooo much to be thankful for.

Sharing words of encouragement to anyone coping with health obstacles…

Keep praying , smiling shining  , believing  and  never, never lose hope…

 

Fyi:  MY HEART JOURNEY ( timeline)

February 12th,  2009; heart valve replacement surgery ( 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: I received new batteries in my pace maker

 

I thank God for giving me the strength to press through the days when I’m not feeling 100%. I remain committed to helping families throughout the community cope with the recovery process.

 

 

2016: Year in Review: I have so much to be grateful for

 

 

January

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February  : American  Heart Month

 

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March

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April

 

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May

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                                                    Staying Motivated for Fitness

 

 

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June

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Victor and I celebrated our 23rd Wedding Anniversary; true blessing

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Photo Credit: Emoryorse Photography

http://www.emoryrosephotography.com/

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July

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October

 

 

 

 

 

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November

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December

 

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Heart and Soul Collage

 

 

 

 

red dress survivor collage

 

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This entry was posted on December 10, 2016. 7 Comments