Today I wore red to raise awareness about heart disease in women. Did you know heart disease and stroke kills 1 in 3 women? These women are mothers, daughters, sisters, and friends. ️ You can learn more at goredforwomen.org.
Why I #GoRed:
After graduating college in 2006, I started the dreaded job hunt. Living with a chronic illness myself, I wanted to do meaningful work supporting others who had been impacted by illness. I lucked out and had the pleasure of working at the American Heart Association for 5 years. Working closely with survivors of heart disease and stroke was one of the factors which inspired me to go on to grad school and become a therapist.
After leaving the AHA, I volunteered my time for years supporting patients and families impacted by chronic illness, including heart disease. Today, a good portion of my counseling clients are living with or have lost someone to chronic illness; their stories inspire me each day. I am so thankful to do the work I do–and I am so passionate about supporting this population!