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  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Dr. Jim Blaine

    Dr Jim Blaine Missouri As an Emergency physician for 17 years, Dr. Jim Blaine is very aware of the devastation caused by cardiovascular disease. As a Family Physician for the last 15 years, he acknowledges that most cardiovascular disease can be prevented. Recently, Dr. Blaine has become a Provider...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Kaala Berry

    Kaala Berry Kansas I am a junior at Blue Valley North High School in Overland Park, KS. Since 2011, I have been actively volunteering in various American Heart Association initiatives such as health fairs, “Power To End Stroke” program and advocacy efforts such as Hands Only CPR, Healthy...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Dezi Hamann

    Dezi Hamann Iowa Dezi exudes strength and joy. As his mom, and as a heart mom, I owe it to him to do everything I can to help sustain the progress that was made by three pioneers with heart babies. It was April 21, 2013 that our baby was diagnosed with a CHD and that moment feels like it was a...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Jenny Nixon

    Jenny Nixon Iowa-RVP Youth Market "I don’t think I am doing anything amazing, or that there's something special about what I do (as a manager). I just think, No. 1, it's important that your team knows you care for them. And No. 2, that you have fun. Laugh and have a good time. Especially...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Jene Hong

    Jene Hong Kansas Throughout the course of my life I have had two strong yet contradictory thoughts. One, our bodies are truly amazing and only a divine being could create something so flawlessly. Secondly, my family would be healthy until we get “old”. My parents had made many unhealthy...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Janell Husky

    Janell Husky Missouri I have been a registered nurse for the past 30 years. I had some familiarity with heart disease, early on, as my career began with critical care but just not in the cardiac unit. In 2003, I decided to further my career through Nursing Education. This path has allowed me to get...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Paul Ansaldo

    Paul Ansaldo Kansas I was 29 years old when I had my stroke, which changed my life forever. As I look back, my life has been altered, not for the better or worse, it just became different. I now face a few more challenges in my day to day living and at 53 years young, I’m writing my stroke story...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Keri Mathews

    Keri Mathews Missouri In 2011, our family had the privilege of being featured as the Kansas City Heart Walk family. During this experience, we shared our story of how heart disease has touched our lives through the generations. It was an honor to have shared our story and help further the...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Sonja Watson

    Sonja Watson Iowa "Eat all your food, there are hungry children in this world," was a phrase I heard often when I was a child and I still think of it today when I sit down to eat a meal. Of course the food we ate was commonly full of salt and unhealthy fat. As an African-American woman...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Sophia Foster

    Sophia Foster Kansas Cassandra is thankful for a simple screening test for newborns, not yet required in Kansas, as it saved her baby’s life. That screening, called a pulse oximetry test, found the oxygen level in her first child, Sophia, to be dangerously low. It was the first step to discovering...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Linda Dickson

    Linda Dickson Missouri As we travel down the road of life, we can choose the paths we would like to take but sometimes a path is chosen for us. This path can look very scary at first but then you realize it has made your life even more meaningful. The events on March 22, 2007 chose a path that I would...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Ardon Brandt

    Ardon Brandt Iowa I was a first-time mom-to-be. I was 11 days overdue. I was impatient. I wanted to meet my baby. After 34 hours of labor my nurse came racing into my room. She was moving the baby monitor around and getting agitated; she could not find my baby’s heartbeat. The OB was called...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Breckyn Reynolds

    Breckyn Reynolds Kansas I had an uneventful pregnancy. After giving birth to my third daughter Breckyn, we noticed something wasn’t ‘quite right.’ However, no one at the hospital seemed concerned and they sent us home with our newborn baby girl. Weeks later, while we attended the...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Renee Stringer

    Renee Stringer Iowa My heart issues became apparent in 2002 when I was having episodes where my heart would race to the point where my body would cough excessively until my heart would resume to normal. The episodes had been occurring for a couple of years, however I didn’t worry about them...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Kim Edmonds

    Kim Edmonds Missouri My story begins, 42 years ago, at birth. From the beginning, I had been diagnosed with a heart murmur, which is not uncommon for newborns. It wasn’t until my sports physical during my senior year in high school until it was ever brought up again. Initially, I was misdiagnosed...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Steve Price

    Steve Price Missouri I am an active person and exercise regularly...lifting weights, running, biking etc. I limit fast foods and have a relatively healthy diet. I have a family history of heart disease. My father had a triple bypass; my mother has mild congestive heart failure, two stents and hypertension;...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Jane Wolf

    Jane Wolf Iowa On May 3, 2006, I collapsed at home. My heart, after undergoing quadruple bypass surgery two weeks prior, quit. Due to forces I can only understand as divine, my heart started again on its own and allowed time for an ambulance to arrive. To this day, I have no recollection of making...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Sandra Billinger

    Sandra Billinger Kansas I have been a supporter of the American Heart Association (AHA) since I was in the 5th grade. I was first introduced to them by my physical education teacher who suggested we participate in the Jump Rope for Heart event. We (our team) were supposed to raise money and try to...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Jodi Jackson

    Jodi Jackson Kansas I suffered a massive heart attack on October 13, 2011 at the age of 42. This came as a complete surprise. Although I knew I wasn't the healthiest person, I didn't think that I was that unhealthy. I had just had a full physical, my total cholesterol was only 134 and I had...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Velda McMorris

    Velda McMorris Missouri I was 44 when I had a heart attack. At work on a Friday, I began experiencing pain in both arms. After a couple of hours, I called my primary care physician's office and asked to speak to a nurse. When I told her I was having severe arm pain and I thought it might be my...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Ellen Pieper

    Ellen Pieper Iowa On Jan. 30, 2000, at the age 33, Ellen Pieper suffered a stroke. A day she will never forget as it changed the course of her life’s journey. It was super Bowl Sunday, the fourth day of what Ellen describes as the "worst migraine of her life". "I had a 16-year...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Trenda Alexander

    Trenda Alexander Kansas In 2003 I experienced my first stroke. As a result, I had both speech and muscle problems. The doctors told me that I was very lucky that my situation did not turn out worse. Unfortunately, in 2004 I had another stroke. This time I wasn’t as lucky as it was more serious...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Jennifer Stevenson

    Jennifer Stevenson Iowa It started as an annoying chest pain that wouldn’t go away. It was routinely in the middle of my hectic day that my heart felt like it was going to burst out of my chest because it was beating so fast. This annoying pain that was keeping me from my work and making me...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Teri Ackerson

    Teri Ackerson Missouri For years, Teri Ackerson has been working to improve the system of care for Kansas City-area stroke patients. Through her work as the stroke coordinator at Centerpoint Medical Center, and as a volunteer for the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, Teri...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Holly Haynes

    Holly Haynes Kansas I was born on Valentine’s Day in 1984, along with an amazing twin sister. We were tiny preemie babies born about 6 weeks early. My sister was born weighing 4 pounds, 5 ounces while I weighed only 2 pounds, 14 ounces. I was in the hospital for 41 days before my parents could...