I suffered a silent heart attack in May of 2006. Unaware of the event I continued to go to work daily for 6 weeks. In June of 2006, I was finally diagnosed in the ER at my local hospital and placed in cardiac care where I stayed for almost two years. Finally in 2008, I was told I needed to go for advanced cardiac care in NYC. After 9 days inpatient evaluation I was told I was going to be placed on the heart transplant list as stat 2. My doctor told me I was eventually going to need a new heart but not at that exact time. For two years I was being treated but declined in health and in April of 2010, I was placed in CCU to begin the final wait. Three hearts came available over the 78 days I waited but all were rejected for various reasons.then on July 16th 2010, I received the gift of life. It would be 11 months later that I met my donor family on Oprahs Network Show. I vowed to them that I would share his story and honor his memory as a advocate for organ, eye, and tissue donation. Since that meeting I have participated in hundreds of events and mixed media outlets signing up 9,000 people for donation and the mission continues.
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