Saturday, August 3, 2013

Two Years Later & Still Beating Strong!

It's just after midnight here in Chicago, so I can officially post this now.

It was two years ago today that I had the bicycling accident that ended with a trip to the emergency room and a follow-up visit to the cardiologist that ultimately prompted me to start this blog and to take a whole new look at my congenital heart disease.

To this day, I still believe that the accident happened, at least in part, to give me a much-needed wake-up call to take better care of my heart. As a result, the last two years have been pretty amazing. Not only have I had the opportunity to travel to Washington, DC, twice to lobby for CHD awareness and funding at the federal level, but I've also met so many amazing, dedicated, and passionate people in the CHD community. My life has truly been enriched by having made these connections!

As most people know, I have made a conscious choice to be very open about my heart condition. (I blog publicly about it after all!) In early June, through my volunteer work with the Chicago Adult Congenital Heart Network, I was also invited to talk about it and to be filmed for an informational video featuring adult CHD patients and their stories. A link to the final clip of my interview is below, and I have to say that I am quite impressed with the folks at Rush Powers Media. (At the time, I was convinced that I rambled my way aimlessly through the entire filming. Yet they somehow managed to edit and splice it to make me sound rather coherent.)

Thank you to everyone who has been on this journey with me for the last two years (or for any portion of it). Like many things in life, this journey has come with its ups and downs. But I know that it has certainly made me a stronger person, and I look forward to the journey ahead filled many heart healthy years and countless miles on the bike!