I was born with a heart murmur and at 14 was diagnosed with mitrovalve prolapse. When I was 26 and pregnant with my third child, I experienced severe regurgitation reactions and my legs were incredibly swollen. After an echocardiogram, I learned that I needed surgery to repair or replace a heart valve. But I wasn't working at the time, I was studying to become a nurse, and didn't have health insurance. So I went on a letterwriting campaign. A local cardiac surgeon donated his time and a hospital donated its resources. The day before my surgery I applied to nursing school. The surgery was successful and three months later I was accepted to nursing school.
Today at 31, I'm a cardiac nurse and I work with others who are going through the same experience. My message to women: If you're not feeling right, don't dismiss it.
A woman at your table will have a "heart" story. Someone in your row at the breakout session will have found a way to eat baked, not fried, for her whole family. That exercise and diet plan you've been looking for, the one that is actually doable? The woman next to you in line for coffee is going to tell you to forget diets, and become a BetterU.
Together the women of Go Red can bring a voice to this silent killer to help save lives. We can listen to what our hearts are telling us, talk to our doctors, and spread the word to our friends and community about making the right choices and taking action.
Go Red For Women needs you to shatter the silence by choosing to Speak Up about heart disease. Be part of the movement, make choices, speak up and spread the word. By sharing this commitment with Go Red For Women, together we can help save lives. Be a part of this extraordinary day.
Our Hearts. Our Choice.
Friday, February 5, 2010
Atlantis Resort Casino
3800 South Virginia Street, Reno
East Side Sports Book entrance
10:00 am - Expo Opens
11:30 am - Luncheon Begins
Tickets: $125 per person
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