From the eyes of a five year old, through the plastic of an oxygen tent, sanctioned to complete bed rest watching the world go by…life might have looked gloomy. But this five year old had resolve beyond her years to become whole, to become healed. That child was me recovering from Rheumatic Fever. My condition was the manifestation of a simple strep throat. The rages of this illness may have left me with a damaged mitral valve but my spirit lifted me to overcome life’s obstacles and live a very full life.
Growing up with heart disease does not define me as a person but serves as a reminder of how fragile life really is. I marvel at the progress our health care system has made from early detection to treatment an now minimally invasive heart surgeries. We are blessed to live in a community that has renowned surgeons, facilities and research advancements funded by the American heart Association.
I owe a debt of gratitude to the American Heart Association for their role in my care. For this reason, I have agreed to act as a co chair for the 2010 Go Red For Women’s Luncheon.
Just like you, I struggle to find a balance between work, family, friends and anything else that life throws my way. But above all I stay in touch with my inner voice and heed its warnings. Choosing to ignore your heart health might not seem life changing today, but women are dying of heart disease at the rate of almost one per minute. Luckily, this No. 1 killer is largely preventable. We simply have to choose to act. As the Roxettes’ sing in their son “Listen to your Heart”, I am here to tell you there is no better advice. Your body tells you everything you need to know, just listen and act no matter how busy, no matter how stressed…just act.
It is indeed my honor to join my life-long friend and business partner, Pam Bazella, in chairing this year’s Lancaster Go Red for Women’s luncheon. While I am pleased to report that I do not have a personal compelling story supporting my decision to join in this effort, I have observed the devastating effects of heart disease in women friends, clients, and associates. Over the past 30 years of our friendship, I have watched Pam take a very active role in monitoring her heart disease. I understand that education is a very powerful tool, and if we can spread awareness to women of their risk and of the peculiar warning signs of women’s heart disease, perhaps we can save lives. And that is an effort worthy of my time, energy, and financial support.
Join Pam & Susanne in the fight against women and heart disease.
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