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.

#heartadvocate

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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August

 

 

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September

 

 

 

 

 

 

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October

 

 

 

 

 

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November

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December

 

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

Two Months Away from National Wear Red Day

 

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 Please  feel free to share the “Go Red” resources below with your family & friends

https://www.goredforwomen.org/

http://honor.americanheart.org/site/TR?fr_id=5042&pg=entry

https://www.goredforwomen.org/get-involved/national-wear-red-day/national-wear-red-day/

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

 

 

 

 

“Every Day is a day of Thanksgiving”

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I thank God for giving me the  strength every day to cope with my health challenges : shortness of breath, low endurance, anemia. ( 93 months).

I maintain a positive outlook on life by sharing my  journey , advocating  for cardiac patients , and  promoting  awareness throughout the community.

To my beautiful family & friends… thanks for taking the time to care.

 

Photo Credit:

http://www.emoryrosephotography.com/

 

November is National Family Caregivers Month

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 Please feel free to share the resources below with your family and friends.

http://supportnetwork.heart.org/caregiver

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Caregiver/Refresh/RefreshIntroduction/Caregiver-Refresh-Introduction_UCM_301808_Article.jsp#.WCwl64WcFpg

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Caregiver/ReachOut/ReachOutIntroduction/Caregiver-Reach-Out-Introduction_UCM_301840_Article.jsp#.WCwmE4WcFpg

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Caregiver/Resources/ResourcesIntroduction/Caregiver-Resources-Introduction_UCM_301850_Article.jsp#.WCwn34WcFpg

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Caregiver/ReachOut/CommunicatingwithYourLovedOne/Communicating-with-Your-Loved-One_UCM_301841_Article.jsp#.WCwmVYWcFpg

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Caregiver/ReachOut/CommunicatingwithHealthcareProfessionals/Communicating-with-Healthcare-Professionals_UCM_301843_Article.jsp#.WCwmKoWcFpg

 

 

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  Insight to my Healing Process……..

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. On December 21st, 2015; ( fourth surgery),  new batteries were placed  in my pace maker.

 

At the beginning of my heart  journey, I struggled with my recovery. I asked God for help and he answered my prayer. I’m so grateful for my second chance at life.

 

My relationship with my husband, Victor is even stronger. We were married in 1993 and promised to love each other unconditionally. He continues to provide emotional, physical, mental and spiritual support. While I was recovering he helped the kids with their homework, made daily trips to the grocery store, ironed 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 ,Anthony 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. My daughter, Mariah also prayed for my recovery  plus helped my son and husband with household duties etc.

 

After my surgery, our children asked about the limitations,  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 and children. We are determined to face any obstacles “together” with God’s guidance.

 

 

My Faith in God, support from my  beautiful family, medical team, Pastor/church family, neighbor and friends continue to play a major role in my healing process.  I could have given up in the hospital but made a decision to trust God and help patients and their caregivers; locally,  throughout the nation and worldwide live a happier, healthier lifestyle.