In June of 2003, my third child, Joshua, was born via c-section. Diagnosed with a Critical Congenital Birth Defect (CCHD) before birth, he was immediately whisked away to the hospital next door for his first of three open heart surgeries, without me even getting a glimpse of him.
Watching my mother and my older sister suffer with heart disease encouraged me as a second grader to become a cardiologist. But after losing both of them in a span of just 10 days as an 11 year-old, my focus changed.
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Meet Sheila Long, Survivor and Advocate for Women's Heart Health. As a healthy, active and vibrant woman in her 40’s, Sheila never expected to experience a heart attack. Sheila did not have the common risk factors for heart attack – she was a non-smoker, she exercised on a regular basis and maintained a healthy diet and weight. However, Sheila did have heart disease in her family.
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LeanBox: Making Heart-Healthy Food Available in the Workplace
My Senior Project back at Ashley Hall High School was inspired by a traumatic event that happened to my friend in the summer of 2009. He almost lost his life, and was saved by CPR.