Check Your Engines!
I was born with a congenital defect of the mitral valve, which caused severe regurgitation leading to open heart mitral valve repair surgery in 2014. The repair didn't last and I had to go in again for mitral valve replacement surgery earlier this year. Thanks to the fine work of Arnold Schwarzenegger's cardiac surgeon and an outpouring of love and support from friends and family, "I'm back" for a successful third round at life!
Although heart surgery (x2) sounds gnarly, I'm actually extremely fortunate because my parents checked my heart at birth and I was able to proactively monitor and operate when necessary. Thankfully, I've also had the proper resources to fix my heart. Not everyone does and that's why I'm here - to help everyone check their "engines" and save some warrior hearts!