éWhen I’m not noodling away here on Heart Sisters articles, or writing my book about living with heart disease (due out November 2017!), or doing presentations on women’s heart health, or playing with the world’s sweetest, happiest and smartest grandbaby, one of the activities close to my heart involves a local non-profit agency called Island Heart To Heart. In 2008, as a freshly-diagnosed heart attack survivor – overwhelmed and frightened – I learned so much from the assorted guest speakers at these weekly classes for heart patients! Eventually, I became further involved with this unique organization – first volunteering with patients and family members on the cardiac ward, then as a member of their steering committee, and most recently as one of the facilitators who help to run these ongoing cardiac education classes throughout the year.
With her kind permission, I’m running this guest post by Thelma Fayle (a recent Heart To Heart “graduate”) which sums up beautifully three compelling stories:
- the awful night her partner Daryl suffered a heart attack
- what she and Daryl experienced week by week at their seven Heart To Heart classes
- a moving tribute to the visionary young nurse who started Heart To Heart as a pilot project 29 years ago to help newly-diagnosed heart patients like her own Dad
Thank you so much for this, Thelma!