Sunday, 24 November 2013

A Reminder and a Red Dress Gala

2013 has been tough a year, and one that has often left me asking "Why?". It has given me pause, made me question my direction, refocus on my core values, and reflect on the life that I have been given.

But for every “Why?” I have put out into the universe I have always received an answer. It can be hard to hear in the moment. Sometimes the pain and the sadness make it difficult to find. But eventually with time and healing I always find the answer I was looking for. Today answered one of my “Whys?”. Today I had the honour of sharing my Happy Heart story at the Alpha Phi Red Dress Gala for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

 **Dress H&M just $39.95 for those who were asking**

I owe my life to the amazing cutting edge research being done in the medical field, and that is by no means an exaggeration. In a different time, in a different place, I would not have been given these options, and I would not have been given the medical treatment that I am so grateful for. I know how lucky I am that I woke up on that fateful day the summer before my senior year – many people do not. Arrhythmias often only strike once, and once is often fatal. I know how blessed I am to live in age where an ICD is option. 30 years ago, the original pacemaker was so large that it had to be implanted in a patient’s stomach cavity. Today they are smaller than a blackberry. In a different time my dreams of running a marathon would never have even been a possibility, but today I stand before you having finished two. My health is something I work for and cherish every single day, because I know how quickly it can be taken from you.

I know I am incredibly lucky to have the knowledge and the options that I have had. And how fortunate I am to be able to stand here and declare myself healthy. This life that I am so grateful for was afforded to me by years of research and medical innovation. And it would not be possible without the tireless work of the Heart and Stroke Foundation and fundraising events like these. 

Today I finally had the opportunity to say Thank You. Today was a necessary reminder that despite the struggles, despite the ups and downs, despite it all – I am so grateful for my life and truly blessed to have my health.  

Love Your Favourite Darwinian Fail,