Why Jonita is a heart warrior - Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day

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Why Jonita is a heart warrior

I advocate for heart valve disease because I am a heart warrior! I chose not to use survivor because living with heart disease is a everyday battle. I am a advocate because I ignore the signs, I thought, oh it will past. I said, “I’m too young, I’m too active”. No one in my family has heart issues so this can’t happen to me! I’m an advocate because I don’t want another person to go through what I went through. I was 35 years of age when I had to have my mitral valve replaced and 37 when I received my pace maker. Know the signs and ACT!!!!! Heart valve disease can be treated.

February 12th will mark my 5 year anniversary of the implantation of my pacemaker!