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Share Your Story: Janell Husky

by Christy D. on Monday, June 9, 2014

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 more involved with heart patients.

I have a family history of heart disease. My older brother had a heart attack in his 30s. It was a surprise to all as he was in great shape – ate right, biked and ran. I could not believe he could have a heart attack. Fortunately, he survived and it challenged me to start thinking about risk factors that I may have. I try to eat better and exercise more often but I am still on medication for my high blood pressure.

A few years ago, I became more involved with the American Heart Association by participating in their Heart Walk. My involvement continues to grow as I became involved with the Go Red for Women movement.

In 2009, I had the opportunity to become a member of the Bi State Stroke Consortium. My passion for raising awareness about heart disease and stroke continues.

In April, 2013 I attended the You’re the Cure on the Hill in Washington, D.C.  I was part of a group that traveled to our nation’s capital to attend a Rally supporting funding for Medical Research and also to be a part of Lobby Day on the Hill. During the trip, I met great friends who were survivors or had been touched by heart disease in some way. We were able to share our passion and stories with our legislators about the importance of research and funding for prevention of heart disease and stroke.

I continue to be passionate about sharing the message about prevention and recognition of heart disease and stroke. I am thankful for all the friends I have made who work for the American Heart Association or who have been touched by heart disease and stroke. They are my heroes.