Friday, February 7, 2014

WESH 2 News for Go Red!

What a fantastic day! Today I am the Social Media Ambassador for The Heart Truth and was interviewed on WESH 2 News! Here are a few of my favorite shots from this morning.

Check me out on @TheHeartTruth today and don't forget to rock your red today. Let's raise awareness and slow down the silent killer.

Even Max goes red!

It's here!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Survivors Unite!

Wondering what I blogged about on fellow survivor blog Here is my guest post! Just another way I'm celebrating American Heart about you?
Elizabeth Edwards once said, “You recognize a survivor when you see one. You recognize a fighter when you see one.” I can smell a survivor a mile away these days. Survivors have a sense of calm, mixed with the smell of adversity and perseverance. A survivor stands strong in the face of life’s little bumps in the road and scoffs at little trials and tribulations, because they know the road can be rougher. These survivors walk amongst us each day, carrying the weight of their challenge in an invisible backpack. How do I know this? I am a survivor.
My name is Sarah and I’m a 33 year-old widow maker heart attack survivor. Stop. I know what you’re thinking. Let me multiple choice the heck out of it for you. Did I…
a.) have a history of heart disease in my family
b.) have blood pressure and cholesterol problems
c.) have  a weight problem
d.) lead a sedentary life
e.) all of the above?
The answer? None of these. In fact I was a 31 year-old half-marathon runner of average weight and no family history. I was in good health, both mind and body. But that all changed before I even knew what happened.
In January of 2012 I suffered from 2 heart attacks due to a 99% blockage in my mid-LAD, also known as the widow maker for its grueling statistics. I suffered serious damage to my heart, and even greater damage to my emotional health. I dealt with depression and a host of self-esteem related issues. As I worked to rebuild my life that had crumbled down around me, I took the time to re-examine my life and priorities. Want to learn more? Check out my blog at
As we embark on February, home of American Heart Month and Go Red for Women, I am reminded how fortunate I am. I am not a statistic, I am me. I am not a victim, I am a survivor. I must go forth and live my life in the most grateful way possible, since I have been afforded another lease on life. This time I will appreciate it a little bit more. This time I walk as a survivor.

The 2nd Annual Amazeball Race

This post may be a week late and a dollar short, but it's here. I celebrated my 2nd heart attack anniversary with a ton of laughs. This year's scavenger hunt around the city was (dare I say it?) even more fun than last year. We had a great turn out and I have a ton of pictures that are hilarious and being made into a Shutterfly book as we speak!

Our list was even bigger and better than 2013! Thank goodness for Jo, who helped come up with some amazing photo ops for our players. Here is a snippet of the list. Just a snippet...that's all you get!

I'd show you the rest...but then I'd have to kill ya. Just kidding. Needless to say the only picture I will be posting below is the rated G version of the group picture. Thank you to everyone who participated. It totally made my anniversary. 

Guest Blog: They Call Me Mini

Please welcome a guest blog from a reader! His blog, They Call Me Mini, chronicles his emotional journey from a widow maker heart attack and cardiac arrest at 35. Check him out.

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Thankful, so very Thankful.

Those are the first words I posted on my Facebook the night I found out I had gone into Cardiac Arrest during my surgery to place one of two stents in my blocked artery.  This was 5 days after my Heart Attack.  I still await a second surgery.

I am Mark, a heart attack survivor at an age where we all feel we are still invincible.  I was 35, a runner, fairly healthy, ate decent (we all have our vices),  a former smoker, a guy with hypothyroidism and newly diagnosed with diabetes type 2.  I did have some factors but I thought I lead a life that would counteract these.  I was wrong.

“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” – Carl Bard

My thoughts in that moment were about things unsaid to others and this is where being thankful begins for me.

Experiencing a Heart Attack at 35 years old or any age for that matter you have so much to be thankful for.  Your life really has just begun and to have it taken almost taken away makes you appreciate what is to come.  Good or Bad.

As I move forward in my new life, the words Thank you and I love you will be said a lot more.  These are actually two of the hardest words in life for people to tell others and I sit here and wonder why.  They  can change so much around you.

Today I am thankful for a second chance at life, the people who surround me, support me, the opportunities I now will take hold of and rock!  I am also thankful for being who I am, perfectly imperfect.

The oddest thing you may read here is that I am thankful for my heart attack.  It taught me an invaluable lesson and after making more life changes I actually feel better physically than I have in years.  It is amazing how much a blockage can make you feel ill.

As we head into Heart Month, I encourage you to talk about heart health, hug a friend, thank them for being in your life and tell them you love them.  You may change their life and not even know it.