I’m Charlotte Cardenas, and I’m living proof that with a little determination and courage, and help from friends, family and organizations like the American Heart Association, you can manage even the most difficult medical challenges.
I was diagnosed with Mitral Valve Prolapse as a child almost 50 years ago. Over the years, I have had multiple heart surgeries (1996 - Mitral Value Repair, 2016 - Dual device pacemaker and defibrillator), and survived and managed cancer (5 years cancer free), all while raising a family and building a career. There were times when my health was so dire that I could not get out of a hospital bed for days. Most of 2016, I was recovering from heart disease made worse by cancer treatment, and could not walk for months. But with the help of family and friends, and organizations like the American Heart Association (AHA), most of my life has been great. I learned to play tennis and went to bootcamp for about 2 years before the cancer and lost 65 lbs. Now, walk 10-15 miles per week, and remain thankful every day that I have been able to manage and thrive despite all these medical challenges.
Now, as Captain of the Darla Moore AHA Heart Walk, I’m inviting you to join us to help others like me. The Heart Walk is April 6, 2019 at the Colonial Life Arena Area. We would love to have you walk with us, but even if you can’t, please consider supporting our cause.
You can register for the team to walk or just make a donation for our team! Remember if all of us just give a little it adds up fast!
Thanks for all of your support!