Guest Blogger: Ginny, Survivor
This past week I had the opportunity to join hundreds of other AHA volunteers from across the country in Washington D.C. It's amazing how empowered you can feel when you join with other survivors, caretakers, and medical staff with the joint mission of fighting heart disease and stroke. On the first day we took a break from training to join in on a rally to support funding for medical research. We heard stories from various survivors and speeches by supporters of medical research. Needless to say, we all went crazy when a heart survivor took to the podium.
The next day we invaded the Capitol with a sea of red. Meeting with our respective representatives and senators, we were able to share our stories and ask for their support for our two initiatives: restoring funding to the NIH and supporting the Million Hearts campaign. By the end of the two days we were all left feeling empowered and hopeful. To be able to share our stories and find strength and courage from our pain is truly an amazing experience. I encourage all those reading this to find a way to do this yourself; it is the best form of medicine or therapy that you will find!