In June of 2014, while on vacation in Chicago I was rushed to the hospital at the age of 58. I was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. Up until then, I had no signs of heart issues. Therefore, I was in denial the first year of my diagnosis. As time went on, the condition worsened. By the summer of 2017, I had to have a "Heart Transplant."
I give all praises to God! I am so grateful to the donor, and their family. In addition, to the awesome doctors, and nurses that cared for me. It is so important to listen to your body and the people that know and love you. Get regular checkups of your heart and vitals. Know your numbers and warning signs. In addition, if you doubt a diagnosis, get a second or third opinion. You could possibly do yourself more harm by being in denial.
My experience has truly been life-changing! I'm so grateful that God spared my life. Now, I live each day FOR HIS GLORY, and to pay it forward by serving others as the Founder and President of the Greater Cincinnati African American Heart Association.