2014 Mason Dixon Heart & Stroke Walk
September 21, 2014
MEET ART CALLAHAM
When you turn 65 it should be a day of celebration. October 19, 2013, I turned 65; but, I really didnít feel like celebrating that day. In fact for about two weeks prior to my birthday I had labored, with shortness of breath, as I climbed the steps in my wifeís and my three story town house. Oh, just the allergies, was my excuse for not seeing the doctor Ė itís a man thing you know. On the morning of October 20th as I came down the steps to have breakfast I became totally ďout of breathĒ.
Well, into the car and by 7 a.m. Iím on my back in the Emergency Room at Meritus Medical Center in Hagerstown. Quick action by two wonderful doctors aided by a full entourage of nurses, technicians and medical care workers, both in the Emergency Room and later that day in the Intensive Care Unit, got me started on a journey that saved my life. That journey included a helicopter ride to Shock Trauma at the University System of Marylandís Medical Center; surgery at 10 p.m. that same evening (carefully performed by an expert surgeon and medical staff); and four days of exceptional care and recovery at the USM Medical Center in Baltimore.
The surgeon removed five very large blood clots that had formed in each of the branches of my pulmonary artery. I have since lost over 30 pounds (although I donít recommend the diet) and made major changes in my life style. Part of that life change is taking a ďhealthy walkĒ each day; wonít you join me on September 21, 2014 and letís walk together to fight stroke and cardiovascular diseases at the Mason Dixon Heart and Stroke Walk, Greencastle Antrim Elementary School, Greencastle, Pennsylvania. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m.; Iíll see you there.
The American Heart Association is the largest voluntary health organization working to prevent, treat and defeat heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. These diseases, the Nation's No.1 and No.4 killers, claim more than 813,804 American lives a year. Thanks to all our walkers, donors and volunteers who have accepted the challenge to help fight heart disease and stroke. We cannot achieve our mission without each one of you!