Walk for Heart Health

 

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The Metro Atlanta Heart Walk will take place on Saturday, September 23rd at The Georgia World Congress Center/Yellow Lot.

A special day to celebrate the survivors, promote awareness and raise fund to support medical research.

Please click the link below to receive additional information

http://www2.heart.org/site/TR?fr_id=2411&pg=personal&px=2046637&s_hasSecureSession=true

Thanks for supporting the fight against heart disease.

 

” Journey Of The Heart”

 

I am a wife, mother,  daughter,  sister, friend, patient advocate,  American Heart Association Ambassador, global humanitarian and   heart disease survivor. A  couple of years ago , 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’ve travelled locally & out of state advocating for the uninsured & sharing my story of survival;  at the American Heart Association’s Lobby Day: Washington, D.C.(in 2013); You’re The Cure Advocate , American Heart Association’s National Center: Dallas, Texas ( 2015): Recently selected:  National  Volunteer Ambassador: newly established  Heart Valve Ambassador Team :  The American College of Cardiology (ACC) 65th Annual Scientific Session  :April 2016,:  Chicago, Illinois : Georgia State Capital , Gwinnett County Board Of Commissioners Meeting, DeKalb County Board of Commissioners Meeting, churches, health fairs , etc.

 

One of the important parts of  my recovery has been to educate and empower other heart patients about my story  of triumph and healing, encouraging them to track their symptoms in a journal, cultivate a strong relationship with their healthcare providers, suggesting heart-healthy recipes, connecting them to resources or even just being there to listen as they work through their own struggles.

 

 

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 area hospitals to bring encouragement to adult and pediatric heart patients.  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.

 

 

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Sharing words of encouragement to anyone facing health obstacles:  pray daily,  count your blessings,  focus on positive thoughts  and to never, never give up.

 

 

 

 

 

National Walking Day 2017

I completed my morning walk at Sugarloaf Mills Mall.

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I wear red to honor every family affected by heart and stroke disease.

 

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One Week Away From National Walking Day

Celebrate National Walking Day on Wednesday, April 5th  by wearing red to support the fight against heart disease and  encouraging your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, etc to commit to walking at least  30  minutes  on that day and remaining active throughout the year.

Sharing Community Resources……

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/PhysicalActivity/Walking/Move-More-in-April_UCM_448665_Article.jsp#.WNuCYoWcFpg

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/PhysicalActivity/GettingActive/Get-Moving-Easy-Tips-to-Get-Active_UCM_307978_Article.jsp#.WNuD44WcFpg

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/PhysicalActivity/GettingActive/Daily-Tips-to-Keep-the-Family-Active_UCM_473139_Article.jsp#.WNuEBoWcFpg

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/PhysicalActivity/StayingMotivatedforFitness/Making-a-Commitment-to-Fitness_UCM_462206_Article.jsp#.WNuDxYWcFpg

 

 

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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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