Mom of Toddler Stays Calm, Saves Life with CPR
Most of us look forward to family get-togethers and celebrations, never thinking that the happiness of such good times could be stolen in an instant. But that’s what almost happened to Amy Steelman and her two-year-old, Hannah, at a birthday party for Amy’s grandmother in Norman, Oklahoma in August 2010.
Advocate spotlight: Kristine Brockhagen
This month, we are featuring a guest blog written by Kristine Brockhagen, a State Advocacy Committee member in Texas who has been volunteering with the American Heart Association since 1981! Here's her story in her own words:
When I was just 18 years old, my mother announced that she had signed up both me and my twin sister to learn CPR. She said it was an important skill to learn and it could possibly save someone someday. As I grew up, I continued to keep my CPR certification current each year. Little did I know that when I was 41 years old, I would use it on the love of my life.
Ezekiel's Story: One Extraordinary Little Boy from Casper!
Casper is home to one extraordinary little boy. Ezekiel was born with a congenital heart defect - from birth, he has had a single ventricle heart. A normal heart has 4 chambers: an upper, lower, left and right. Ezekiel was born with only one chamber along with dextrocardia, meaning his heart is on the opposite side like a mirrored image of ours, making his condition very rare and severe. He was missing the entire dividing wall between his left and right ventricles. This meant he could not get an adequate amount of oxygen to his body.
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My Crazy Aunt Dorthea
My Aunt Dorthea had her first stroke at the age of 42 in 1998. I was a junior in college and didn’t realize the severity of the situation nor the strength it was going to take her to survive and thrive, but that she did, and she continues to be one of the strongest women I know. Sunday, December 3rd was International Day of Persons with Disabilities and I wanted to celebrate the person she is today and talk about the disability, that while a part of who she is, does not define her.
Advocate Spotlight: Bernée Thurow
We are excited to shine a light on an American Heart Association advocate that has a real passion for the mission of our organization. We are pleased to introduce to you, Bernée Thurow.
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You're the Cure on the Hill 2017: A Wyoming Perspective
At the end of June, more than 330 American Heart Association volunteers and staff from 46 states, including Wyoming, traveled to Washington, D.C. to advocate for federal research support and key legislation that will benefit Americans with cardiovascular disease (CVD). The advocates urged their members of Congress to prioritize National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding for heart and stroke research and to support bills that would expand access to stroke telemedicine (telestroke) and cardiac rehabilitation. They also encouraged their lawmakers to oppose the American Health Care Act or any Senate substitute that reduces access to affordable and adequate health care coverage.
Advocate Spotlight: Danila Crespin Zidovsky
Volunteers are the lifeblood of the American Heart Association and the work that we do. We are constantly amazed by our volunteers' commitment to advocate for healthier lives and to help save lives through policy change. We are pleased to spotlight a volunteer that has passion for the health of New Mexico's youngest hearts. Please meet Danila Crespin Zidovsky.
Meet Christa Coleman: A Mom Inspired by Her Hero Daughter
This month, we want to take time to share more with you about one of our amazing advocates, Christa Coleman. Christa's daughter, Adyson, is a congenital heart survivor, and inspires Christa every day to Advocate for Heart.
A Little Advocate with a Big Story to Share
Sometimes the biggest advocacy voices come in the tiniest packages. One such story comes from heart survivor, Adyson Coleman. She has inspired and moved lawmakers with her struggles and smile over the past year. We wanted to share her story and hope she inspires you as much as she has inspired us.
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Losing Changed My Life For the Better
Meet Pratyusha Pilla, our newest Texas Pulse Blog guest writer! Check out her first post after the break.
Hello! My name is Pratyusha Pilla, and I am a recent graduate from the College of Natural Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin, currently attending the UNT Health Science Center Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences to pursue a Masters in Medical Sciences. I am an alumna of Alpha Phi Omega, a volunteer with Mental Health America, and serve on the Board of Directors of Atlantis Educational Services, Inc.