The American Heart Association (AHA) contacted me months ago about a new patient advocate program that they are calling The AHA Heart Valve Ambassador program, and they invited me to become an ambassador!
This blog has brought me so many unexpected things: opportunities like this new AHA program, new knowledge, confidence in my recovered self, and most importantly, MANY new fellow heart valve patient friends.
Before making this blog, I had no idea that it would be useful to that many people. I still receive emails each week from people who need valve surgery, and are scared. It brings many emotions when they tell me that my blog has brought them strength. That is exactly what the new AHA Heart Valve Ambassador Program will bring, to more people. The ambassadors will reach out to new patients to coach and advise, both in person and through the internet.
More to come on this! Next week, I will be traveling to Dallas, TX to attend the Valve ambassador summit, where we will learn exactly what our roles will be as ambassadors. I am mostly excited to meet the other heart valve ambassadors!
In the meantime, check out the American Heart Asoociation’s heart valve webpage: www.heart.org/heartvalves
And if you heave congenital or acquired heart disease, become part of the AHA’s support network: http://supportnetwork.heart.org/home
Stay tuned valvers!