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Share Your Story: Keri Mathews

by Christy D. on Monday, May 5, 2014

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 mission of the American Heart Association.

You see, our family has truly been blessed and benefited from the many medical advancements made in cardiac care over the past 30 years. My dad has had two open heart surgeries (the first in 1985, and his second in 2008). Recently, was my 10 year anniversary celebration of my open heart surgery to correct a congenital heart defect (aortic stenosis and bicuspid aortic valve disease) that both my dad and son possess. Additionally, I received a pacemaker three years ago. Unfortunately, I also suffered a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA), or stroke this past summer of 2013. Thankfully, I made a full recovery with the help of today’s medical advancements.

While my son Dakota, who is now almost 16 years old, also lives with the same congenital heart defect as my Dad and I, we know that his future is bright and he will be able to continue to live an active and full life. As a family, we continue to strive to live a heart-healthy life and count the many blessings we have been given. It is also very important to our family to do all that we can to give back and help the American Heart Association in their mission. Together, we can help raise awareness and lifesaving funds for continued research so other families and future generations can benefit, just as we did.

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for your continued support of the American Heart Association and continued funding of cardiovascular research and education.