Reflections

“Turning My Pain Into Purpose”

 

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

 

When I was a patient in the hospital: I asked God to heal me & he did: that’s when the transformation began.

I pray, read daily devotionals, write in my journal,  exercise, monitor my daily routine and what I eat :which is part of the healing process.

Keep the lines of communication open with my family, friends, neighbors church community and medical team: especially on the days when I’m not feeling 100%.

I became my own advocate: I locate information on the internet re; heart disease: any concerns I may have re; my recovery, I discuss with my medical team.

Volunteer/promote heart awareness throughout the community by providing healthy heart resources and sharing my story of survival

I’m committed to helping patients maintain a positive outlook on life.

 

 

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Heart And Soul

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I would like to thank Miriam, Andre and their beautiful family for drawing and decorating my lovely gift

This entry was posted on March 13, 2017. 2 Comments

” Go Red for Heart Health “

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Promote Heart Awareness throughout the year….

Sharing Healthy Heart Resources…..

www.heart.org

www.powertoendstroke.org

http://supportnetwork.heart.org/home

Raise your voice here at GoRedForWomen.org.

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.

“One Day at a Time”

How do I cope living with a mechanical valve in my heart and a pace maker to help my heart function?  “One day at a time”.

A  couple of years ago (February 2009) , I received a new heart valve plus a pace maker. 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, 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 find the strength within to  press through the low moments of my recovery  by relying on my faith in God . I’m so grateful for the support I continue to receive from my beautiful family, friends, church community and medical team: which  is part of my healing process.

Sharing words of encouragement ……

Despite whatever you may face :  strive every day to maintain a positive outlook on life.

 

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First Ever: National Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day

 

 

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On this day and throughout the year, please help raise awareness about heart valve disease.

Feel free to click the link below to learn more about the national campaign.

https://www.agingresearch.org/NationalHVDAwarenessDay

Sharing my new article featured on the American Heart Association Website…. “Why Heat Valve Awareness Day Is Important To Me”

http://supportnetwork.heart.org/blogs/43/684

 

American Heart Association Heart Valve Ambassadors

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Please click the link below to read the Ambassadors stories

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

 

 

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I count it an honor; selected; first inaugural class for the Ambassador Support Team; representing the State Of Georgia.

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

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

 

Promoting Heart Valve Awareness Throughout the Community….

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Sharing healthy heart resources

 

http://www.valvediseaseday.org/?gclid=COzj_q_Co9ICFQwXgQodLR0KTw

 

https://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/More/HeartValveProblemsandDisease/About-Heart-Valves_UCM_450699_Article.jsp

 

https://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/More/HeartValveProblemsandDisease/Heart-Valve-Problems-and-Causes_UCM_450755_Article.jsp

 

https://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/More/HeartValveProblemsandDisease/Heart-Valve-Disease-Risks-Signs-and-Symptoms_UCM_450831_Article.jsp

 

https://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/More/HeartValveProblemsandDisease/Getting-an-Accurate-Heart-Valve-Diagnosis_UCM_450860_Article.jsp

 

https://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/More/HeartValveProblemsandDisease/Understanding-Your-Heart-Valve-Treatment-Options_UCM_450784_Article.jsp

 

https://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/More/HeartValveProblemsandDisease/Recovery-and-Healthy-Living-Goals-for-Heart-Valve-Patients_UCM_450859_Article.jsp

 

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

 

 

 

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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