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04.02.2017

YouTube Video Response

So awhile back I decided to film myself telling my heart attack story. I had originally started a YouTube channel, but realized YouTube was just not my thang. I’d much prefer writing to talking. That may come as a shock to those who know me, but I’ll take behind a laptop over being in front of a camera any day. But enough about that. If you haven’t seen the video, here she is.

Here are some of the things I’ve learned about the responses and comments from the video.

  • There are tons of people out there struggling with heart disease. I constantly meet, email and talk to survivors from all over the world. It’s insane how many people are living with this everyday. I’ve met people in their 20s and 30s who had seemingly healthy lives and within seconds their lives changed dramatically. But friends, there are SO MANY out there.
  • We’ve lost too many people to heart disease. My heart breaks every time someone says they lost a parent/child/partner/friend to heart disease or stroke. We’ve got to do better at funding and educating.
  • There are some rude people out there that think they are doctors. My favorites are the ones that think because I’m a little chunky that I was leading an unhealthy lifestyle and that’s why I had a heart attack. Truth is I weigh more now after the heart attack due to my energy level. At the time I was training for a marathon and in decent shape. Boom.
  • They want me to tell them if they are having a heart attack. Guys, I’m not a doctor nor will I ever claim to be one. If you’re having chest pains, get to the ER. Better safe than sorry. I leave it to the professionals.

I hope someday people will not generalize heart disease and have the visual of an old, white man who is overweight and smokes 3 packs a day, because the face of heart disease is changing. So I will continue to share my story and I urge you to share yours too.