This morning I was on 99.7 The Point for their segment Tell Me Something Good! I shared a bit of my story and was able to talk about the prevalence of heart disease in our country. Here are some other good things happening in February! National Heart Month (all February) Nation Wear Red Day (Friday … Continue reading 99.7 The Point Tell me something good
When I was in the hospital waiting for my new heart. This video of Trevor Sullivan, 15 years old, was circling the internet. Trevor was the recipient of a heart transplant in November 2015 and the video shows him shortly after surgery and just how he felt. Take a minute and give it a look … Continue reading Think before you speak, type, etc.
There is a saying that seems to explain what I'm going through pretty well. I'm waiting for the other shoe to drop. This phrase means that one is waiting for an inevitable event to occur that is usually undesirable. I usually don't use this to describe my transplant, because that is quite desirable, but to … Continue reading The other shoe.
The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines the verb fight as; to use weapons or physical force to try to hurt someone, to defeat an enemy, etc. : to struggle in battle or physical combat I've been thinking a lot about my fight with heart disease this week. A heart sister of mine experienced a major setback … Continue reading Fight
With Thanksgiving coming up this week I want to point out a few things I wasn't, but should have been, thankful for last year. My goal here is to help myself, and maybe a few others, think of some of the small things we take for granted and be truly thankful this holiday season. Showers! … Continue reading I should have been thankful.
The past few weeks I've been lucky enough to interview women looking to represent the American Heart Association as National Spokeswomen. I've heart amazing stories of survival, advocacy and passion. When I was asked to interview a high schooler in the CAPS program I was a little confused. Our conversation ended up going something like … Continue reading Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover
Growing up I was never an athlete. I was a cheerleader in High School. Don't get me wrong I fully believe in Cheerleading as a sport and it can be hard but I was never one to "break a sweat". When diagnosed with heart disease exercise was part of my prescription. I started using personal … Continue reading “As tolerated”
One of those random conversations... MAEB: Momma, can only be brave when I am with you. ME: Well when I can't be there you just have to think of me to be brave. Close your eyes and think of me. What color is my hair? MAEB: Brown. ME: What color are my eyes? MAEB: Brown … Continue reading Brave
This past Thursday, I went to see my cardiologist as I do every month. I feel that honesty with your doctors and nurses is crucial! If you are not honest, your treatment and diagnosis can be incorrect and downright dangerous. Lately I've been experiencing a tingling in my left arm. It would tend to come … Continue reading A stroke?!
When I was initially diagnosed in 2008, I was told that I was at risk for sudden cardiac death. I wouldn't have a heart attack; my heart would just stop and I would die. I also learned that this wasn't something that was going to go away or be 'fixed' but a lifetime battle I'd … Continue reading Head-tilters