Leaders For Life

Participating in Leaders for Life is important to me because in 2009 I became the very survivor I was advocating for. My father, his broken heart saved mine.

In 2002 my Dad survived a sudden cardiac arrest and was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. Because he survived, I decided to give back and in college I volunteered with the AHA. Through volunteering I learned the signs & symptoms of heart attacks and stroke. Little did I know that very information would save my life.

On October 22, 2009 I started having chest pains while driving to work. At first I shrugged it off and told myself “we can get some Tylenol when we get to the office.” As the miles ticked by my pain got worse and worse, I was fighting for every breath I could muster. I thought about calling my Mom, but chose not to because she would panic which meant I would panic. I have a fear of being stranded on a freeway, so when I saw the Lexington PKWY exit I took it. 

I almost died five days before my 27th Birthday. My birth control, it almost killed me. I went from being a healthy 26 year old woman to a pulmonary embolism and stroke survivor. The very survivor I was advocating for. While in the hospital my Dad told me I needed to make a choice, I could grow bitter and mourn the life I lost or I could chose to be grateful for this borrowed life and make a  difference. I chose to make a difference, because no woman should ever have to endure my worst day possible. 

His heart saved mine and I am forever grateful to the AHA, research saved our lives and we both know it is the key to everyone’s healthy tomorrow.

Donate Today in the fight against heart disease and stroke

Published by NinjaInTheCity

AmandaJean is a thriving pulmonary embolism & stroke survivor, passionate Paralegal, Advocate, and Blogger who believes she can change the world one person at a time. She is obsessed with the Law, beauty subscription boxes, collecting costume jewelry, visiting flea markets, Ruby Red Squirt and Candy Corn. World Traveler. Serial Volunteer. Lover of Frank Lloyd Wright, Heart Healthy Living, and good wine. Mama to a Muppet like dog. Aunt to @HalfPintNinja

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