I walk because I know that with every step, I’m making a difference in someone’s life. And when combined with a million other Heart Walk Heroes across the nation, we have an even greater impact toward curing heart disease and stroke. Will you be a Heart Walk Hero with me?
Some of you may be aware of my own personal journey the past 15 months with the cardiac issues Covid-19 left me suffering from. ☹ As a Covid Long-Hauler, I went from being in the best physical and cardiovascular shape of my life (running 5 miles a day) to experiencing such physical trauma to the endothelial tissue in my blood vessels and heart that any physical or mental stress on my body caused an over active inflammatory auto-immune response, landing me in bed with several muscle, total body & joint pain for days to recover. It has been a long 15 months of participating in long-covid clinical trials, seeing a cardiologist, neurologist, pulmonologist, immunologist, allergist, gastroenterologist, orthopedist (& all the ‘ists’) appointments, blood work, CT scans, MRI’s, new medications & supplements, dietician, acupuncture, chiropractor, physical therapy, occupational therapy, massage therapy , YOGA, Breath Works, and LOTS of Mindfulness & soul searching to find what works for ME.
For those who have been by my side supporting, empathizing and encouraging me to stay positive, my ❤ thanks you. Without your understanding & encouragement, I’m not sure I’d be as far along today as I am. Although I’m not back to 100% yet, I’m now able to walk about 30 min 4 days a week very slowly (this is HUGE progress). So this year, as a survivor, I’m asking you to join my team “HerrHeart” and help me contribute to the ongoing critical research that will continue to save lives! The kind of research that created the artificial heart valve, new medications to lower blood pressure and create guidelines used by physicians worldwide. The kind of science that is literally saving lives!