10 years #strokesurvivor
Ten years ago I suffered a stroke from Bacterial Endocarditis. I was placed into an induced coma and later on April 23, 2008 I would undergo open-heart surgery to repair my mitral & tricuspid valves and have a hole in my heart repaired. Like every year I celebrate 2 days- my stroke anniversary & my heart surgery dates that changed my life. This year I am grateful for the many opportunities I had this year to share my story through the American Heart/ Stroke Association, Go Red, and WomenHeart.
I am most grateful this year to be able to have stood as Maid of Honor in my sister Sophia and Ben’s wedding and travel to Greece with my whole family. I wouldn’t have been able to have those experiences if it wasn’t for my family, countless doctors, nurses, and medical staff, friends, organizations that provide the research for the tools that saved my life, and my fellow heart- sisters and heart-brothers that have helped support me to where I am today.
Today I reflect and appreciate everyone and everything in my life❤️
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