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heart failure

Day 24: the “Other Guy Rule”

September 24, 2015 mhyh 0

Day 24: It’s Always the Other Guy Until It’s You Cancer affects the individual, yes; however, cancer also affects everyone who loves that individual. Today, I give you my dad as he reflects on my childhood cancer [and] the failure of my heart 30 years after the en …

Guard your Heart

September 8, 2015 mhyh 0

Day 8: Guard your heart “Above all else, guard your heart for it is the wellspring of life.” Proverbs 4:23 Inasmuch as it depends on us, survivors, we must guard our hearts. What does that look like? Know your family’s health history (early MI, sudden cardia …

Part 3: My Donor, Our Hero

June 2, 2014 mhyh 0

Five months to the day after I received my new heart, I received yet another blessing. In the mail was a letter from my donor family. Before I even opened the envelope, I was overwhelmed with tears. Amidst their pain, they had reached out to me, and I knew that in a moment I …

Part 2: My Diseased Heart

May 30, 2014 mhyh 0

Six hours after receiving the call, stating that a heart was gifted to me, we arrived at the Cleveland Clinic. I walked into the ICU at 8:30am where I was prepped for surgery. They placed IV and arterial lines, drew several tubes of blood, and we spoke with my surgeons. My f …

Kindred Comfort

August 28, 2013 mhyh 0

Where there is kindred, there is comfort. Two individuals: alike, yet distinct in this moment. Two lives: threatened, in youth; restored, with consequence. Two hearts: broken, beyond repair; stitched together, no fear of rejection. Yet, One longs to embrace a new heart while …

I Never Knew

August 8, 2013 mhyh 2

‘I NEVER knew’, three little words with potentially devastating consequences to the cancer survivor’s future health and wellbeing. ‘I NEVER knew’ that cancer therapy could hurt my heart. Three words that break my heart AND fuel my passion: always …

Fade to Black

April 20, 2013 mhyh 2

If you read yesterday’s post, then you know that 04/19-4/21 of 2008 goes down as one of the single most incredible, most difficult, and most terrifying weekends I have ever walked through in my 42 years on the planet. It’s mind-boggling to me that my lived experi …

Do NOT Let Me Die: 04/19/2008

April 19, 2013 mhyh 2

What do I remember of this day 5 years ago? To be quite candid, I remember very little, yet the events of this weekend 5 years ago altered the landscape of two families forever. Having been taken by air from Dekalb County Airfield in metro Atlanta to Burke Airfield in Clevela …

My Heart: 02/22/1970-04/21/2008

March 27, 2013 mhyh 5

The question before me THIS day is ‘What do I miss the most?’. Today, in THIS moment, that question is too much for me to tackle because what I miss the most is a loss that no one on the outside can see, yet I am reminded of it with the experience of every emotion …

Her Heart Beat Goes On…

March 19, 2013 mhyh 0

I have two questions that I struggle to answer within myself: 1) how personally transparent can I be as the president of myHeart, yourHands who represents our organization to the public on a daily basis? AND 2) how can I honor my donor, yet respect the tender, broken hearts o …