2014 INSPIRATIONAL HONOREES Ė Kenny Hill & Candy Hamm
On a beautiful evening in mid-June of 2013 I got very short of breath and dizzy and then I passed out. I spent 3 days in the hospital to find out that I had a condition called severe aortic stenosis. This was going to require open heart surgery to replace the valve and it was also determined that I needed a single by-pass. I tried to limit my risk factors of heart disease by not smoking and keeping my weight under control, but both of my parents died from heart disease. I had no control over the genes I inherited.
My message to women is please donít ignore your symptoms as I did. I had been having fatigue and some shortness of breath. I just thought that I was getting older. Pay attention to what your body is telling you and also to your family medical history. You are very important to those who love you.
My name is Kenny Hill and I am a stroke survivor. The day before the actual stroke happened in 2007 I did have some symptoms, but they were just annoying and I didnít tell too many people. Eventually, one of my co-workers noticed the look in my eyes and the slight drooping in my face and called 911.
A stroke changes everything in your life as you know it. Some days are a real struggle. You have to try to come up with a new normal for yourself and your family, which is not easy, but keeping up with therapy can make a difference. We hope that this story helps people realize the importance of knowing the signs and symptoms of a stroke and calling 911 right away.
WHY WE WALK
Inspirational Honorees PSAs with Candy Hamm & Kenny Hill.
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