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Kimberly Goodloe, Georgia

by Krystle N. on Friday, February 7, 2014

Recently, You're the Cure advocate and heart disease survivor, Kimberly Goodloe, organized a free health fair in collaboration with the United Ebony Society of Gwinnett County  Inc./MLKING Celebration in Lawrenceville, Georgia to educate, encourage and empower the community by offering free screenings & resources.  Participants received free dental, bone marrow, blood pressure, diabetes screenings and educational brochures in the following areas : heart/stroke disease, lupus, fibroid awareness, the Affordable Health Care Act and more.

Goodloe added: “ I’m so excited that I received the opportunity to give back to the community on  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day by providing a format for every family present at the event  to begin a new journey: living  a healthier, happier lifestyle.”

 Kimberly's Heart Story

“One day I experienced shortness of breath and knew something just didn’t feel right. I made an appointment with the doctor, a test was ordered, and my first surgery date was scheduled for February 12th, 2009, two weeks after experiencing warning signs. The valve replacement surgery was successful; however blockage occurred after the first surgery so the doctors notified my husband that I would need a pace maker to help my heart function. My second surgery took place on February 16th, 2009, 4 days after that initial procedure and I received a pace maker. During a regular check-up for my pace maker reading, it was found that I would need to have a pace maker revision. So the following day on June 23rd, 2010, my third surgery, an outpatient procedure, took place.

Acceptance is crucial during the recovery stage.  Not living in denial, but accepting the daily challenges occurring inside my body such as: coping with breathing issues on a daily basis, living with a pace maker, taking Coumadin for the rest of my life, and dealing with the discomfort in my chest etc. But through faith, family & friends, I’m able to face each day & knowing within my heart that God continues to bless me & my family. Every day is a gift from God.” – Kimberly Goodloe

Photo Credit: Adriana Sans Photography