That Moment I met someone who inspires me. Sarah Klena.
There are few people I admire or look up to in this world. Those whom I do are those who have risen above the tough situations in which they have experienced. Over the coming weeks I am going to acknowledge some of these amazing people. Each of them has a special place in my Heart for different reasons.
One of those people is my heart sister, fellow Heart Attack Survivor, Sarah Klena from http://heartattackat31.blogspot.com/ . I met Sarah through her blog and she even wrote a guest post here on my blog in February which I recommend you read. We have interacted back and forth though Facebook sharing our experiences with each other and getting to know each other.
I was in Disneyworld a few weeks ago and sent her a message asking if she would like to meet for dinner. Plans were made. We met on Dec 3rd at Raglan Road- A great Irish Pub ! ( my favorite place in Downtown Disney !)
To say I was excited would be a HUGE understatement. Reading her blog shortly after my Heart Attack was so helpful and inspiring for me. To me, it was meeting a someone who gave me hope in my recovery through reading her experiences on her blog. She inspires, for what she survived, how she’s recovered and the attitude and honesty she chose to display. She chose to share her story to help herself and others.
We met around 5:00 pm. I walked into the front door and there she was. A beaming smile and a welcoming hug. She looked healthy, beautiful and full of life. She is also a little taller than me haha.
I was unsure of what to expect or how the night would go. I will say this, we both can talk… A LOT.
I cannot remember what we ordered, I do know we ate pretty healthy and that the food was pretty awesome.
I won’t go into all the details of our conversation but I will say this. Nothing is more refreshing than speaking with someone who had been through what you have and truthfully, she definitely was far luckier than me to have survived. Sarah had not ONE but TWO Heart Attacks and survivede at the age of 31.
One thing we both agreed on is that once something like this happens to you at such a young age you almost feel an obligation to help others, get the word out, tell people about what happened, how it can happen, how to prevent it happening. We both would not want others to experience a Heart Attack, we both have a desire to help others and get the word out. We are young and never thought this could happen to us.
We talked about the scary moments, being a slight hypochondriac at times, the differing emotions and experiences, the recovery and how amazing life can be.
We spent a lot of time laughing, talking about our lives post Heart Attack, how others reacted, treated us, what they said ( some people say some funny things, trust me !) She told me of something great about her personal life! ( seriously exciting news but hers to share, not mine. It is not on her blog yet haha !) Before we knew it, it was past 9:00 pm and we had lost track of time. We probably could have spoken for hours, maybe even days more.
We almost didn’t take a photo ! We asked the server if he would take a photo of us on both our phones, and my camera. After all, how could we have met and not had a photo together right?
I could tell you so much more about that night however, the most important part was just being in the moment and meeting a friend that I met through chance and experience. A friend who has inspired me on my journey. Not that I recommend having a Heart Attack to meet new friends 😉
I will say this about Sarah. She is humble, has good energy, great attitude, is friendly, funny, engaging, strong, motivated, healthy and has a smile that has presence and light.
I have watched this amazing woman become a huge advocate for women’s heart health in the United States since the time I first sent her an email.
Time to brag about her a bit and share a few of her accomplishments. She has appeared in the November Issue of Good House Keeping, spoken for Go Red for Women through the American Heart Association and recently appeared on an episode of Doctor Oz- Dec 17, 2013. You can watch her 2 segments here: http://www.doctoroz.com/episode/oz-viewers-who-saved-their-own-lives?video_id=3948074010001
Thank you Sarah for a great evening and great conversation. Here’s to friendship, good health and kicking Heart Attack’s ass ! Now, I’ll have to get you and Lina up to Canada haha.