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The “Close To My Heart” Project – Part II

Posted by Adam Pick on July 9th, 2009

A few months ago, I posted a note about a special project for women heart surgery patients called the “Close To My Heart Project”. As you might remember, a Florida-based artist, Angelica Hoyos, was looking to create artistic portraits of female heart surgery patients.

The goal of Angelica’s project is to help women view heart surgery as something magical, not a terrible curse. It isĀ  Angelica’s belief that the scar is a symbol of courage and inspiration. I completely agree!

Anyways, Angelica just emailed me an update with some pieces from the collection. I thought you might like to see how incredible women heart surgery patients can look post-operation. In my opinion, these portraits are… stunning.

The first portrait is of Aimee Jackson:

So you know, there will be a fund raising event this Saturday, July 11, from 7-10pm in Fort Lauderdale, Florida at the Pangae Lounge, 5707 Seminole Way. Here is the invitation if you are interested in attending. FYI, that is Debra North in the portrait on the invitation.

For more information, please contact Angelica Hoyos directly at (954) 665 3850.

Thanks Angelica!!!

Keep on tickin!

Adam Pick
Written by Adam Pick A dad, a husband and a patient, Adam Pick founded this website in 2006 to educate you about heart valve surgery from diagnosis to recovery.
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Marie Papa-Vavrovsky says on July 16th, 2009 at 10:16 pm

I am moved by the determination and dedication of our dear friend Angelica. I am a 38 year old heart valve patient and I was speaking to her of the changes one goes through to live with the scar. While some scowl most recognize it as a badge of honor. Angelica is an amazing empowering woman who helped me go for my dreams too. My husband and I packed up and left our cushy life in Fort Laud. FL and moved to Fort Scott, KS. We are now living in an abandoned 42,000 sq ft school we purchased and we are aspiring to build a community art center and art retreat called the Painted Blackboard. I thank god for Angelica and I hope to soon be a member of her photo series. If we are fortunate we too will be exhibiting her grand exposition at the Painted Blackboard.
Thank you and here’s to you for your courage to coach people through a very challenging time that comes with little instruction or coping supervision. I wish I had your book when I had my open-heart two years ago. I am gracious to have emerged from my replacement a fulfilled woman.


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