February 12, 2010
10:00am - 1:30pm
Hotel del Coronado
1500 Orange Avenue
Coronado, CA 92118
I suffered a heart attack in March 2009. My attack helps me remember to be more clear on doing what I love and focusing my energies where I have the most impact. When the AHA asked me to be the keynote speaker at the Go Red for Women Luncheon, I was honored and nervous. After all, I did most of it wrong, but we can learn a lot from others’ mistakes.
Theresa has been the Community Relations Manager at Classic Residence by Hyatt for six years. On September 13, 2001 she suffered a stroke. After months of rehab she decided changes were necessary to maintain a good quality of life. Theresa suffered a Cerebral Vascular Accident (CVA or Stroke) at 45 years old. A week in the hospital, months of rehab and tenacity on the part of her husband making her do all the exercises, Theresa encourages others to live healthy, active lives and promotes the merits of repetitious therapy to help build new pathways for brain function.
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I am here living, breathing, and loving every moment of every day because of the efforts of the AHA. Six years ago I went into the hospital where I was told I had Congestive Heart Failure. They discovered a valve not opening and closing properly, a weakened heart muscle, and an enlarged heart! Next thing I knew I was in an ambulance on my way to LA and I was there for a heart transplant! What I have learned is heart disease has no restrictions and I know how discoveries in medicine actually mean the difference between life and death! I would not be here if it wasn’t for research done by the AHA to discover procedures and the life saving medications. I am completely defibrillator dependent and thank God for that wonderful device.
Chance and Cadence were born with congenital heart defects. I, Melissa (their mom), too, was born with congenital heart defects. We share a genetic defect that caused our hearts to develop wrong and that caused our arrhythmias as well. All three of us have had our hearts fixed. We all have had multiple open-heart surgeries, cardiac catheterization surgeries and we all have pacemakers that keep us alive. None of us would be alive today without our pacemakers. Along with the help of Jon (husband & daddy), medical professionals, hospitals and of course, God, we are here today to tell our story. We've struggled through many years of hardship including financial devastation due to insurmountable medical bills. We've had friends donate money, time and even blood to help us survive. We strive to find joy in each day and to find the path that leads us to our most healthy, happy and longest lives.
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