After a very long and never-ending winter, Spring has finally sprung! Not to mention, not a moment too soon for the AHA 2018 Heart Walk. I was truly blessed by all the support from friends and family in the form of donations to #LifeTicksOn and T-shirt sales.
It's hard to believe that this is my third heart walk since my heart attack, YIKES! I look forward every year to wearing the RED Survivor hat and walking with all the survivors. This is just one more step, literally in the journey of recovery. The community of "survivors" range in age from infants to the elderly. I love the fact that you can do as little or as much of the walk. No pressure to hurry or have people running by you. That is not what this walk is about. It's about every step reminding you of how far you've come and the wonderful things that await.
Speaking of reminders, did you know patients admitted to hospitals lived an average 6.44 years after their heart attack? That sounds like progress to me. The funds raised by the American Heart Association through the heart walk and other fundraising events help to increase the chance of survival. #LifeTicksOn
#LifeTicksOn 2018 members from near and far. We had representation from all over the US with our T-shirt sales!!
As I looked around at my #LifeTicksOn group, I am truly amazed at how every one of us has been touched in some way from a cardiac issue or stroke. My mom Liz has Atrial Fibrillation, has had multiple surgeries and now sports a sexy pacemaker. My Aunt Trisha has had open heart surgery for a valve, suffered a stroke and heart attack and has come out swinging! Wow, not many people can say that. I just love her attitude about life!! Not to mention all the other family members that have had to deal with the ups and downs of our crazy recovery journeys. I can't say enough "Thank Yous" to my husband Joe, Parker and Brenna for always being there to support me. I would like to say a special Thank You to Krystal for all the money you helped raise to bring our team to over $1000.
My hope is that next year you can join us at the heart walk and also in raising money for this great cause!
In the meantime, Stay Heart Healthy!!