Metro Atlanta - Georgia World Congress Center | Northwest Georgia - Marietta Square, Georgia
My Walk is Why!
Life is Why! Join me in supporting the American Heart Association!
I’m not just walking. I’m Heartwalking. My participation in Heart Walk promotes fun ways to be physically active and make healthier choices every day. Imagine the impact if we reduce death and disability from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent by 2020. Please help me reach this lifesaving goal by donating today. Together, we can make healthier, longer lives possible for everyone.
Thank you in advance for your support!
Sharing My 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 , American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions, November 2016, Phase 2: National Heart Valve Ambassador Training: 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.
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.
Sharing words of encouragement to anyone facing health obstacles: pray daily, count your blessings, focus on positive thoughts and to never, never give up.
I count it an honor; selected; first inaugural class for the Ambassador Support Team; representing the State Of Georgia