Last week, the American Heart Association in Maine hosted our first ever survivor gathering at OceanView at Falmouth. It was a resounding success. Approximately 50 heart disease and stroke survivors were able to network and hear the amazing Pat Kirby tell her story of surviving misdiagnosis, numerous complications and learning to be her own best advocate. Pat is the inspiration behind Clarisse in Silence of the Lambs—the first female profiler in the FBI. If you ever get a chance to hear her speak, go!
A blogger from the Bangor Daily News was also there and she wrote this excellent piece about the event.
If you are interested in attending future events, please visit heart.org/Maine or find us on Facebook at American Heart Association in Maine.
Survivors are also some of our best advocates at the State House, town councils and in Washington D.C. Without survivors telling their stories of why access to health care is important, why healthy eating, avoiding tobacco, and exercise have improved their lives, and why we need to fund public health programs, we could not be successful.
Thank you to all the survivors out there who answer the call and talk to their policy makers about the American Heart Association and all we do. If you would like to be involved, email me at: Becky.Smith@heart.org