We're so excited for you to meet Amanda Denton, one of our newest advocates and Dallas Grassroots Action Team members! Amanda lives in North Texas and has an amazing story. Get to know her and learn of her motivation to volunteer with You're the Cure. Welcome, Amanda!
Name: Amanda Denton
How long have you been volunteering with the American Heart Association: Only about a month.
Why do you advocate to build healthier communities, free of heart disease and stroke: My story is very long, so I'll try to shorten it as much as I possibly can.
In August 2011, at around 2am and only being 25 years old, I started to suffer a massive heart attack. The heart attack was caused by a 100% blood clot blockage in the LAD. Other than that, there is no explanation as to what caused that blood clot. All blood work was negative as to having something passed down to me. My cardiologist said that my heart attack is actually known as the "Widow Maker," and that it's a miracle that I'm still alive.
Fast forward 4 years. July 2015. I get admitted to the hospital due to extreme edema. The day after being admitted, I get an Echo Scan done, which showed a great deal of fluid around my heart. My cardiologist then told me that I'd have to go into emergency surgery to have a pacemaker put in.
All of this (and more) is why heart health is so important, and why more people need to be more educated about it.
What is something in your life that you love: I love my family to pieces, my cat, my ghost hunting team, photography…
What is your all-time favorite thing to do on your time off: I love researching. Mostly historical things that have taken place. Usually in the 1800's-early 1900's.
What excited you most about the North Texas Advocate Summit: I really enjoyed meeting everyone, and hearing everyone's stories. It's really amazing how strong people are around others with similar experiences, which is exactly how I felt. I also very much enjoyed the amount of information that the speakers gave.