I met with a representative from the American Heart Association (May, 2010) re: sharing my story & volunteer opportunities with the organization. I completed the (volunteer) application and my journey began :helping patients cope with the recovery process.
A year ago, I traveled to Dallas, Texas to attend the two day training at the American Heart Association’s National Center for the newly established Heart Valve Ambassador Program. I count it an honor to join a wonderful group of National Volunteer Ambassadors, committed to making a difference in the community. I give God all the honor and praise for what is taking place in my life.
I ‘m grateful for the kind words and encouragement, I continue to receive from my family, friends, American Heart Association management and staff : in Atlanta, Washington D.C. and National Headquarters located in Dallas, Texas: Heart Valve Ambassadors, and Edwards Lifesciences Foundation ,national sponsor of the American Heart Association’s Valvular Disease Education Center and Ambassador Program
Sharing one of the articles published after I returned home from the two day training session in Dallas, Texas.
American Heart Association Launches Heart Valve Disease Ambassador Program Local heart valve disease survivor selected as ambassador for national program to support heart valve community
The American Heart Association is pleased to announce the launch of the Heart Valve Ambassador Program, an initiative designed to provide support to the millions of Americans impacted by heart valve disease.
The inaugural group of volunteer ambassadors includes seven heart valve disease survivors and one caregiver from across the country who represent the face of heart valve disease in America and show that it can affect people of different ages, backgrounds and lifestyles. These ambassadors will serve as leaders in the community and will work with the American Heart Association to raise awareness about heart valve disease and share available resources for patients and families. Kimberly Goodloe, 48, from Atlanta, GA, has experienced heart valve disease firsthand. Kimberly was born with an abnormal valve, but didn’t begin to develop symptoms until her 40s. She learned she needed an aortic valve replacement in 2009 and underwent open heart surgery, receiving a mechanical valve to replace her damaged aortic valve. Four days after her surgery, she developed a blockage and during a second surgery, she received a pacemaker. A year later, her third surgery took place: pacemaker revision. In 2010, Kimberly began volunteering with her local American Heart Association affiliate in Atlanta. Since then, she’s become involved in a number of programs, including “Go Red for Women,” “You’re the Cure” and others. Kimberly will continue to work in the Atlanta community to offer support and to direct patients and caregivers to available resources, including helpful information about heart valve disease, potential treatment options and recovery milestones on the American Heart Association’s Heart Valve Disease Education Center at www.heart.org/heartvalves. Additionally, patients and caregivers can connect with Kimberly on the American Heart Association’s Support Network, an online forum that enables people affected by heart disease and stroke to share their personal experiences and give and receive emotional support. The eight ambassadors assembled at the American Heart Association’s Dallas headquarters in July 2015 to meet with American Heart Association staff and leadership, including CEO Nancy Brown and Chief Mission Officer Meighan Girgus. The ambassadors shared their personal stories, learned more about the American Heart Association’s history and mission and brainstormed ways to support those affected by heart valve disease. Over the next year, the ambassadors will engage with the heart valve disease community, both online via the Support Network and social media platforms and through in-person outreach, including participation in Heart Walks, Go Red for Women Luncheons and Expos and other local events. Support for the Heart Valve Ambassador Program is provided by Edwards Lifesciences. For more information about heart valve disease, please visit the American Heart Association’s Heart Valve Disease Education Center at www.heart.org/heartvalves. To connect with Kimberly or another heart valve ambassador, visit the Support Network at supportnetwork.heart.org/heartvalvedisease.
To follow Kimberly’s Journey Of The Heart”; visit her health blog visit: https://4wedobelieve.wordpress.com
Promoting Heart Awareness…..