"I received my HeartScarf from Lisa Hulick, our WomenHeart Support Network leader in Houston, the day before my first pacemaker was installed. I've had 13 heart surgeries trying to get my life back. My brother died of a widow-maker heart attack at age 36. I was 35 when I had my first pacemaker installed.
Standing before me in my hospital room was Lisa Hulick, a happy, vivacious, beautiful lady who came to support me and deliver my HeartScarf. Lisa is part of the 1% of patients who survive a widow-maker heart attack, and it couldn't have been more fitting that she arrived that day to see me.
I went into my surgery full of hope and promise, and cried the first time I stood up, because I couldn't even walk when I met Lisa Hulick.
Life is a gift. WomenHeart provides survivors a way to connect with people who understand what they are going through to help us overcome our obstacles!
This is a picture of me with my first HeartScarf!"
- Jenny Ward, heart patient
"At our Support Network meeting last night, a woman attending for the first time all of a sudden recognized the two WomenHeart Champions who'd brought her a HeartScarf in the hospital after her open heart surgery. She burst into tears of gratitude when she recognized them, and they all hugged. During the Support Network meeting, this woman heart patient shared her initial fears and how the HeartScarf and the visit from the two WomenHeart Champions made all the difference in her recovery.
This is an example of the unique value of the HeartScarves program and how it impacts women's lives. And guess what? The two WomenHeart Champions and our entire group benefitted from this spontaneous depiction of how each of us can make a difference. The healing goes both ways."
-Ann De Velasco, WomenHeart Champion, Support Network Coordinator for WomenHeart of Miami, and WomenHeart District Community Leader for the Southeast District
Pictured on the right: WomenHeart of Miami Support Network Coordinators and meeting attendees
"When I wrap my hand-knit scarf from WomenHeart's HeartScarves program around my neck, it reminds me of the warmth and closeness of my heart sisters. Receiving a HeartScarf from WomenHeart gives you the feeling that other women are working hard to help you understand yourself as well as comfort you in caring for your heart."
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