The 2014 Centre County Heart Walk
Sunday, September 28, 2014
Linda Poorman and John Miller
Linda Poorman - Heart Survivor
Most of us think, “It won’t happen to me.” I was no exception. Especially, since I am a Wellness Associate/Health Coach/Personal Trainer. I try to eat healthy and I exercise regularly. All of my health numbers are outstanding. My cholesterol is amazing, my blood pressure is very low, I have never smoked and had no history of heart disease. However, “It did happen to me!” Out of the blue, I had what the doctors explained to me was a Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD). My left descending artery spontaneously tore and spiraled. The odds of surviving this are extremely low. I attribute my survival to my healthy lifestyle. The outcome could have been very different otherwise. The morale of my story…if you’re not already living a healthy lifestyle, start today! Start eating healthy, get up off the couch and start moving to lose weight, lower your blood pressure, lower your cholesterol, and lower your blood sugar. You just never know.
John Miller - Stroke Survivor
The morning of June 29, 2013 started like most other mornings. I went downstairs to get a drink of water and returned to bed. I woke up about 15 minutes later to the feeling that the room was spinning. I thought I must just have water in my ear from the shower I took the night before. I went back to sleep, but woke up again to the same spinning feeling. I sat up and tried to tell my fiancé that something was wrong, but she couldn’t understand the words I was speaking. I tried to take a sip of water, but coughed it back up. I went to stand up and fell immediately. I knew something was seriously wrong. I told my fiancé to call 911, but she couldn’t understand me. I crawled into the bathroom to look in the mirror – I was having a stroke....but I didn't believe it.
An ambulance was eventually called, but by the time they got to my residence it was too late to administer the clot buster so I was transferred to the hospital. I was just 43 years old, and I was having a stroke.
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!