Hi friends! As many of you already know, the American Heart Association is near and dear to me. I'd like to take a moment to share my story with you.
On October 22nd, 2018, my life and how I see things was forever changed. That afternoon after contempating my plans for the day, I walked into my parents living room and found my father lying lifeless in his recliner. I immediately jumped over his chair to start CPR and called 911. When we got to the hospital, he went into cardiac arrest 3 more times. If his heart didn't stablize, there wasn't much more the doctors could do for him. As a nurse myself, I knew how these situations typically played out and I was prepared for the worst. I stayed awake in the ICU for 36 hours watching his monitors and analyzing every change. It was a whirlwind of emotions, anxiety, and fear. I share this story every year to bring awareness to the realities of cardiac arrest and simply to educate others.
*Did you know that cardiac arrest claims more lives than 3 types of cancer, flu, car accidents, pneumonia, HIV and house fires COMBINED?
*About 90% of cardiac arrests occur outside of the hospital, increasing the mortality rate.
*Only 8% of cardiac arrests that do occur outside of the hospital setting actually survive.
*Immediate intervention is crucial to restore blood flow to keep organs alive and have a good chance at survival.
Saving and improving lives can be as simple as taking a walk. And I know I'm making a difference in the lives of others by participating in the Heart Walk. But it's not just my efforts alone that will one day help us see a world free of heart disease and stroke. I am walking with a team of heart heros because together, we will have an even greater impact. And you can help us change the world, one step at a time, by donating to my fundraiser. Your donation will fund groundbreaking research that keeps hearts beating and helps people enjoy longer, healthier lives. I can't do it alone.