Ten years ago today I was in the biggest struggle of my life. Literally. I had gotten a staph infection in my heart and was dying. I had spent the last three months of my life in and out of the hospital trying to treat the infection. Nothing had worked. The whole story will be in my book, which is will be available for purchase in October, but needless-to-say, I needed help and I needed it fast. On August 7, 2007, I was told the only way to save my life would be open heart surgery. This would be my fourth open heart surgery. The tricuspid valve in my heart had become so infected that there was no saving it. Replacing it would be the only way to save my life. I was rushed into the ICU and taken in for surgery at 8am the next morning. It was a long hard fought battle back to good health after that. Many times in those dark days I wondered if I’d be around for another year. My health took a big hit and the trauma of it all forever changed me. I didn’t know how to process everything that had happened to me for a long time. Many times I wanted to push it away mentally and not talk about. I found myself hiding the fact that I survived such an ordeal. It was a few years later that my cousin had a serious medical condition arise. It was the first time I was able to supportive to someone who had never experienced a major health problem and a long hospital stay. It was during that time that I realized God’s purpose for my life. I needed to share what I had learned. I needed to let others with health problems know they are not alone. I decided to write a book that is half my life story and half sharing my advice and experiences. I also wanted to start teaching people how to their own health care advocate. It is amazing to me now to look back and see how far I have come in ten years. God has given me a passion for helping people. I am hoping and praying that my book and this blog will be a place of learning, inspiration, encouragement, and maybe a laugh every now and then. Thanks for joining me on this next chapter of my life.