Meet Mary Smith!
In early September 2009, when I woke up from my 5 day coma, you can only image how shocked I was to learn that I had suffered a cardiac arrest. After all, I was a 32 year old vegetarian that worked out five days a week. After talking with doctors and other volunteers with the American Heart Association, I learned that heart disease does not discriminate. It can affect anyone at any time.
Since then, my family and I have made it our mission to help educate others by raising awareness of heart disease in America. We are determined to let EVERYONE know that it can happen to ANYONE no matter race, age, gender etc. We want people to understand that life goes on.
I have been blessed to enjoy a full recovery in addition to being protected by an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) against future incidents. I currently volunteer with the American Heart Association as the Vice Chair of the Go Red for Women Passion Committee in St. Louis. My nine year old daughter also participates in the Jump Rope for Heart Campaign and has been recognized as a heart ambassador by her school for her efforts. The fight against heart disease has become a passionate effort by my whole family.