Since having my last surgery, September 2006, I have joined the Heart & Stroke Foundation as a volunteer. I not only wanted to raise awareness and funds for heart and stroke research, I wanted to talk to and meet people, heart survivors. People's stories continually amaze me, and I am in awe each and every time I hear how brave people really are.
In 2009, I was very lucky to have been chosen as the spokesperson for the Heart & Stroke Foundation, Heart Month Campaign across Canada. I appeared on billboards, in magazines, pamphlets, bus shelters, you name it. I was in a television commercial and featured in a radio broadcast. I have also been a part of the Red Dress Heart Truth Fashion Show and featured in many articles.
I have been truly fortunate to be able to be a spokesperson and featured as a 'Heart Survivor'. I am and always will be proud of my scars!!! And I want others to be proud too!!!
I just wanted to thank Adam for creating this very resourceful site for Heart Survivors. I wish that in 2006 when I needed some support, guidance, and an ear to bend I would have had a site like this one. Now, I am here to read the powerful and emotional stories of others who have gone through amazing heart procedures and if at all help bend an ear for someone. I have had 3 open heart surgeries, the first one was eight days before my first birthday.
I am so grateful to science, technology, and the wonderful human beings who make it their life work to save people and patch them up again. We all have our guardian angels and mine started with a Cardiac Surgeon from the Toronto Sick Children's Hospital in Toronto Ontario,Canada.