I was born with a congenital heart defect called Mitral Valve Prolapse (hence my team name "MVP Squad"), of which I have never had a problem. At the age of 48, I was at an annual exam and my doctor noticed my heart sounded different than usual and he referred me to a cardiologist. What I thought were signs of stress (fatigue, heart racing and having to sit down and take a few deep breaths) were actually much worse, they were signs of heart failure. On December 21, 2016, I had a minimally invasive mitral valve repair that saved my life.
I feel very strongly that it is my duty to share my story and experience to help others to really listen to their bodies for warning signs and to be proactive. Too many times women, myself included, care for everyone else and then when it comes to us, we put things off. For me that could have been deadly.
Now, almost 7 years later, I workout 3 times a week, I have a healthy diet, I'm a Wellness Champion at work and I volunteer at my local hospital in the Cardiac Short Stay Unit. Wellness and heart health have become my mission and I am so happy to be able to share my story.
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?
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