Kimberly Goodloe: Why Volunteering During American heart Month Matters to Me
Kimberly Goodloe is a Heart Valve Ambassador for the American Heart Association. She had her aortic valve replaced at age 42 and now is passionate about educating others. Learn more about her work on her website. She writes in honor of National Wear Red Day, coming up on February 2 and Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day on February 22 – both a part of American Heart Month.
I am a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, patient advocate, American Heart Association Ambassador, global humanitarian and heart disease survivor. A couple of years ago, I received a new heart valve plus a pacemaker. I was born with an abnormal heart valve and developed symptoms at age 42. I notified my doctor, a test was ordered then I received a mechanical valve. Four days later I developed heart blockage. The doctor informed my family that I would need a pacemaker to help my heart function. A year later, my third surgery took place - a pacemaker revision. My fourth surgery took place on December 21st, 2015; I received new batteries in my pacemaker. I’m happy to report that I recently celebrated my 51st birthday.
I look forward to celebrating National Wear Red Day and promoting heart health during American Heart Month because so many patients are in need of support. I’m grateful for every opportunity I receive throughout the Metro Atlanta Area to share my story of survival from heart valve replacement and three pacemaker surgeries, provide healthy heart resources and encourage patients to use their voice, develop a relationship with their doctor (which is part of the recovery process), press through the low moments and never lose hope.
I thank God for placing the desire in my heart to help patients maintain a positive outlook on life.
Sharing words of encouragement to anyone facing health obstacles … Focus on the Good, Keep the Faith: Miracles happen every day.