Posts Tagged ‘Heart Walk’

Got what you need?

November 2, 2010

They had two walking routes at the Atlanta Heart Walk: a 6 Kilometer (3.7 mile) route and a 1 mile “Survivor’s Walk”. Several times, one of the other Adult CHDers stated that she was going on the Survivor’s Walk. Then suddenly she was looking for Dr. McConnell. “What would you think if I tried the long walk?”

“Do you feel up to it?” he asked.

She nodded. “I’ll do the three and a half mile walk if you’ll walk it with me.”

“I’m game,” Dr. McConnell said, and they moved off to the area where people were gathering for the longer walk.

I left not long after the walkers started – it was cold, and I am Cyanotic. A couple of my friends had the telltale blue tinge, and I am sure I resembled a grape! With me changing colors and shivering in my shoes, and 60% of the attendees out on the Walk, it seemed the perfect time to take off. But I had to laugh at the “preparations” we make before going on a 3.5 mile hike:

Got your water bottle? Check!

Wearing comfortable shoes? Check!

Got your Cardiologist? CHECK!

Epilogue: The walk went really well, and no one – Heart Warrior or doctor – suffered any ill effects!

Cheer Up!

October 7, 2010

It’s been a rough week for those of us with a Congenital Heart Defect, and things have been pretty gloomy here at Funky Heart Central. But a few days ago a friend took a photo and added some text. After it was printed, she and her husband signed it, slipped it into an envelope, and mailed it to me. It arrived today and things are beginning to look brighter! (Click Photo to Enlarge!)

Thank you, Amanda and Jim!!


Denver Congenital Heart Walk 2010


Don’t you let my chest be hurtin’!

September 28, 2010

Another gem from the files of Dr. Wes:

The doctors and staff of Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute in Nashville, Tennessee are a crazy bunch!

The Nashville Heart Walk (sponsored nationally by the American Heart Association) is coming up on October 2nd, and Vanderbilt Heart is the local sponsor. They could have put an ad in the paper, a few radio ads, and even a TV commercial or two. All that has been done before, and it works. Years of advertising have proven that.

But Nooooooo…. the Vanderbilt team created a MUSIC VIDEO!

Parading down Peachtree!

July 11, 2010

I’m heading back to Atlanta!

And no, this is not for my usual check-up – though I will have one of those in August. This time I’ll be heading down on Halloween Weekend for the American Heart Association’s annual Heart Walk! Emory University Hospital is putting a team together for the walk and my docs in the Adult Congenital Heart Defect Clinic are gathering a “Mini-Team” of their patients. So I was asked if I could attend and unless something comes up, I AM IN!

Good medical care by Adult Congenital Cardiologists is so very important to someone with a Congenital Heart Defect (CHD).” Regular” Adult Cardiologists can’t handle us: they are trained to take care of patients with clogged arteries, too much Cholesterol, or recovering from heart attacks. We need a Cardiologist who is trained to take care of an adult with a CHD, and Emory is one of the few places in the United States that offer this service.

So if you are an Adult CHDer in the Atlanta area (or about to become one!) register for the heart walk and join us at Turner Field on Saturday, October 30, at 8:00 AM!