Heart Disease has long been an issue in my family. Its genetic presence has caused much heartache within our family, from losing aunts, uncles and cousins. And unfortunately this past year, my own father.
My father was only 42 years old when he was diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure, and I believe he was in shock and denial. Despite his efforts to try to control this beast, he was unfortunately unable to do exactly what it took to get his CHF under complete control, and passed in April 2022, at the young age of 48 years old.
My hardworking, loving father left behind a family that loved him beyond words, which has left a scar that has now turned into awareness for our family’s health. Since his passing, my entire family has been more proactive about making our routine exams and our daily activity and diets a priority.
I knew that I wanted to bring awareness to heart disease in honor of my father, but I wasn’t quite sure how to get involved for the cause. That was when my husband and I discussed the possibility of me running for Mrs. Kentucky International 2023, to have a platform to stand on. I would be able to bring awareness, to a wide array of people- in honor of my father!
This title that I have been awarded, has opened many doors of opportunity, and I am so thankful and excited to be an advocate with the American Heart Association. This fight against Heart Disease is a fight that we can win! It starts with us and ends with us.
Ali Stone, Mrs. Kentucky International 2023