I was born with a complex congenital heart condition. My parents were told that if I made it to the age of three I would be lucky. I am now 34 years old and a cardiac nurse. Recently, (much to the amazement of my cardiologist), I became a mother to a beautiful baby boy. Not bad for someone not expected to live to see kindergarten! At a very young age I knew that I wanted to give back to others with heart conditions. Volunteering with the American Heart Association on fundraising, advocacy and awareness allows me to do just that.For me having a heart condition is a part of my life, but it is a part that has given me strength and purpose. I have endured two open-heart surgeries and am able to use that experience to help my patients get through very tough times. I know that much of my accomplishments can be attributed to the technology that has been made possible by research, education and advocacy provided by the American Heart Association. Every time I take action on the You’re the Cure network, I know that I am part of the cure and it feels great.