An Educated Community is why
What brought you to be an advocate for the American Heart Association?
I had a stroke in 2009. I received Alteplase and made a full recovery. As a stroke certified nurse and a stroke survivor, I wanted to be more involved in making a change for patients. This may be as simple as providing the proper education to communities to help create awareness of stroke signs and symptoms.
What issues or policies are you most passionate about and why?
I fully support many initiatives in which the AHA/ASA are pushing. I feel that the AHA/ASA does a great job providing resources that may be underutilized for communities. Living in a rural community also has the disadvantage for many people that need emergent medical care, so giving the volunteers opportunities to improve patient care enroute to medical facilities is also very important.
What is your favorite advocacy memory or experience so far and what made it great?
I have many great experiences with the AHA/ASA. The awesome group of volunteers for our local Heart Walk and Heart Ball, I love working with these people to provide two amazing events to support the AHA/ASA.
One of the most recent events that was by far an excellent experience and I hope that I can continue to participate is the 2017 You’re the Cure on the Hill in Washington, DC. It was an excellent event that was so motivating to see and meet so many survivors that are working together for the same reasons. This event was motivational as a health care provider to continue to work towards advancing the care that we can provide our communities.
What is your favorite way to be active in You're the Cure?
I love providing education. I have given many presentations regarding stroke. This is rewarding in so many ways to engage communities, first responders and health care workers!
What is your favorite fruit or vegetable and any tips for how you serve or prepare it?
I love fruits and vegetables! I don’t know if I can limit it to one and I love them cooked as well as raw! I am always looking for new recipes to share with my family.