Instagram post by @elizabethwarrenma Elizabeth Warren

I took a little time this weekend to bake a heart-shaped cake. My mother was born on February 14, 1912 – 106 years ago today. She loved her special connection to Valentine’s Day, and when I was a little girl, I bought some heart-shaped pans at the dime store to bake her birthday cake.

Many years later, when my mother was in her 80s, she had some surgery for a cancerous polyp – nothing serious. Later that night after Daddy sent all of us home, she was watching TV in bed with Daddy holding her hand. She sat up and said, “Don, there’s that gas pain again.” Then she fell back dead. The autopsy showed that my mother had advanced heart disease – never diagnosed and never treated.
Too often we think of heart disease as a “man’s disease,” but it’s the #1 killer of women – causing 1 in 3 deaths every year. Heart disease can often go undiagnosed, and the symptoms of a heart attack can be different for men and women, so fewer women than men survive their first heart attack.
Access to good medical care – regular check-ups and preventative care – is the first step to fighting heart disease. That’s why I fight so hard for community health centers. They provide the best possible basic health care at lower costs to anyone who walks through their doors. For months, the GOP let federal funding for our community health centers expire. The community health center professionals that I spoke to from MA and across the country were horrified that they’d have to lay off doctors and nurses, cut services, or reduce hours.

We fought tooth and nail for that funding for more than 100 days, and I have some good news: as part of last week’s budget deal, we secured $7B for community health centers over the next two years. That was a $600 million bump in funding.

I still have my heart-shaped pans – and even though my mother is gone now, I still bake a heart-shaped cake every Valentine’s Day to remember her. But now I’m doing something more: I’m fighting to make sure everyone’s mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, wife, partner, friend and neighbor can get the basic health care they need to live long, healthy lives with the people they love. Happy Valentine’s Day! ❤️❤️❤️

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  • 25w ago paigelivi paigelivi

    What a lovely and strong heart you have lady! Keep fighting for us, we need you

  • 25w ago kerrykeen16 kerrykeen16

    Great story. Sorry for the sudden loss of your mom. Keep fighting for women everywhere, please.

  • 25w ago emcarlozzi emcarlozzi

    You’re amazing♥️

  • 25w ago carosand40 carosand40

    And to you too Sen. Warren!

  • 25w ago catebernadette catebernadette

    💕💕💕

  • 25w ago digitalarts_stacy_schweigler digitalarts_stacy_schweigler

    President 2020-we need clearer vision

  • 25w ago garcialucas3989 garcialucas3989

    Great job

  • 25w ago jamesboha jamesboha

    Wow, thanks for sharing. My mom also passed away from a heart attack undetected so this was moving for me to read.

  • 25w ago chaanspecialis1 chaanspecialis1

    Wow, Thx for sharing . Sen .Warren. Keep up the good work👍🏾👍🏾 continue success. Much ❤️& 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾ings May Jehovah, continue to richly 🙏🏾 U.🤗😘

  • 25w ago brauchemuse brauchemuse

    You are wonderful, amazing 🖤❤️💓

  • 25w ago verteei verteei

    Wish you would run for President.

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  • 24w ago painternicole painternicole

    What an important message- one of many that you bring forward. Thank you so much for all you do.

  • 24w ago fannyi00 fannyi00

    Lover lover

  • 24w ago davidryer69 davidryer69

    Happy birthday

  • 24w ago nancykincaid76 nancykincaid76

    @elizabethwarrenma Thank you for the advice on heart disease. Valentine's Day is special to my family too. My husband's birthday is on Valentine's Day. Also, I was born on my parents' 15th wedding anniversary. My father brought my mother a bouquet of fifteen roses into the hospital to celebrate 15 years together.

  • 24w ago mkdonnelly11 mkdonnelly11

    My Mom always made this for us when we were kids, she made pink icing

  • 24w ago lmkrotzman lmkrotzman

    Thank you, Elizabeth, for sharing your memory and reminding women they have been left behind in the area of cardiac health signs and symptoms of disease. In some cases women have not been believed while in the midst of of a cardiac arrest. We’re looking to you to be our voice. 😊

  • 24w ago louisebirkenmeier louisebirkenmeier

    ❤️❤️❤️

  • 24w ago barbsbugsndstuff barbsbugsndstuff

    ❤️❤️❤️it!!

  • 24w ago mzbeautiful_nightmare94 mzbeautiful_nightmare94

    💕💕💕💕

  • 24w ago smith.richerd smith.richerd

    Absolutely gorgeous

  • 24w ago mary.d.jo mary.d.jo

    Thank you for your work on our behalf.

  • 23w ago csadybulk csadybulk

    Wow this is great

  • 22w ago stevieray3106 stevieray3106

    @smith.richerd bahahaha you serious bro

  • 22w ago sourdoughbrizz sourdoughbrizz

    Your baking looks just about as good as your political work. Are you good at anything?

  • 19w ago barry_d_connor barry_d_connor

    Nice my dear

  • 18w ago oliv4267 oliv4267

    You're awesome

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