In November 2018, I was asked to be one of the speakers at the Kansas City Medical Society Dinner. I was beyond honored to be listed beside Wesley Hamilton and U.S Surgeon General Vice Admiral (VADM) Jerome M. Adams but I had no idea that I would receive another honor that evening. You see, I … Continue reading I’m Back!
Katelyn Mary Vanacore, my donor.
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.
I've seen this picture before. It gives a numerical value to each letter (i.e. A=1, B=2 etc) and shows that if you apply that formula to the word 'knowledge; you receive 96%. Apply it to 'hard work' and you'll get 98%. Finally, is shows you that 'attitude' gives you 100%. I think initially this was … Continue reading Attitude
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
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