“Grateful Heart”

 

Six years ago, I traveled to the American Heart Association office to seek  volunteer opportunities with the organization.I thank God for giving me the courage to share my story of survival  from four surgeries. I’m so  grateful for the support I continue to receive from the wonderful staff and management at the  American Heart Association’s office in Marietta Ga, Washington, D.C. and the  National Center located, in Dallas Texas.I could have given up in the hospital( seven years ago) but made a decision to help families live a happier, healthier lifestyle.

Thanks for being a part of my heart journey,

 

Upcoming  Events…

CPR & AED AWARENESS WEEK : JUNE 1-7

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/CPRAndECC/HandsOnlyCPR/CPR-AED-Awareness-Week_UCM_473487_SubHomePage.jsp

 

2016 Metro  Atlanta Heart Walk( 3.1 miles)  will take place on Saturday, September 24th at Centennial Olympic Park.

Registrations is Free.   All ages are welcome to participate.

Money raised at the event will support medical research and help 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)

 

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May Health and Wellness Observances

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National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week May 1st-7th

http://www.ffcmh.org/awarenessweek

 

Teacher Appreciation Week: May 2nd-6th

http://www.pta.org/programs/content.cfm?ItemNumber=3270

 

National Nurses Week: May 6th-12th

http://www.nursingworld.org/FunctionalMenuCategories/National-Nurses-Week-2016

 

National Women’s Health Week: May 8th-14th

http://www.womenshealth.gov/nwhw/

 

Lupus Awareness Month

http://www.lupusawarenessmonth.org/

 

Mental Health Awareness Month

http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/may

 

National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

http://www.hhs.gov/blog/2015/05/01/get-moving-may-national-physical-fitness-and-sports-month.html#

 

Arthritis Awareness Month

http://blog.arthritis.org/news/arthritis-awareness-month/

 

American Stroke Month

http://www.strokeassociation.org/STROKEORG/AboutStroke/AmericanStrokeMonth/American-Stroke-Month_UCM_459942_SubHomePage.jsp

 

 

 

Upcoming  Events

 

CPR & AED AWARENESS WEEK : JUNE 1-7

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/CPRAndECC/HandsOnlyCPR/CPR-AED-Awareness-Week_UCM_473487_SubHomePage.jsp

 

 

2016 Metro  Atlanta Heart Walk( 3.1 miles)  will take place on Saturday, September 24th at Centennial Olympic Park.

Registrations is Free.   All ages are welcome to participate.

Money raised at the event will support medical research and help 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)

 

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“Because I Care”

 Please feel free to share my story of survival ( from heart valve replacement and three pace maker surgeries) with anyone facing health obstacles on a  daily basis.

Have a pleasant day   

     

 

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Photo Credit: emoryrosephotography.com

 

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      Photo Credit : Adriana Sans Photography

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

                                                                   MY JOURNEY

 

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

 

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The purpose of the collage; to celebrate my recovery from heart valve replacement  & three  pace maker surgeries , promote awareness &  honor every woman, man & child affected by heart /stroke disease.

 

 

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To receive additional information please click  the link (s)  below.

http://supportnetwork.heart.org/home

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/More/HeartValveProblemsandDisease/Heart-Valve-Disease-Personal-Stories_UCM_467172_Article.jsp#.VjD8iaRdFpg

 

 

 

“Healthy Heart Living”

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Sharing Healthy Heart Resources….

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/PhysicalActivity/FitnessBasics/Types-of-Fitness_UCM_462352_Article.jsp#.Vx_8ycvSlpg

 

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/PhysicalActivity/FitnessBasics/Staying-Hydrated—Staying-Healthy_UCM_441180_Article.jsp#.Vx_8isvSlpg

 

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/PhysicalActivity/FitnessBasics/Physical-activity-improves-quality-of-life_UCM_307977_Article.jsp#.Vx_8bMvSlpg

 

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/PhysicalActivity/FitnessBasics/American-Heart-Association-Recommendations-for-Physical-Activity-in-Adults_UCM_307976_Article.jsp#.Vx_8QsvSlpg

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Upcoming Events.

 

American Stroke Month : May 2016

http://www.strokeassociation.org/STROKEORG/AboutStroke/AmericanStrokeMonth/American-Stroke-Month_UCM_459942_SubHomePage.jsp

 

CPR & AED AWARENESS WEEK : JUNE 1-7

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/CPRAndECC/HandsOnlyCPR/CPR-AED-Awareness-Week_UCM_473487_SubHomePage.jsp

 

2016 Metro  Atlanta Heart Walk( 3.1 miles)  will take place on Saturday, September 24th at Centennial Olympic Park.

Registrations is Free.   All ages are welcome to participate.

Money raised at the event will support medical research and help 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)

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