The point of this blog is to help raise awareness to heart disease. Heart disease is currently the #1 killer of Women (and it takes many lives of Men as well).

Did you know Cardiovascular disease claims the life of approximately one American woman each minute, but only 21% of women perceive heart disease as their greatest risk?

I am here to invite women to join me in raising awareness to this fact by participating in a photography project called close to my heart. To learn more about it read my blog.

Lets let another woman live another day.


6 Responses to “About”

  1. Lela White said

    I’d love to be apart of your project, but I’m in SLC, UT. No current plans to go to LA anytime soon, but if you can use my help, let me know.

    I had 2 surgeries to repair my tetralogy of fallot. One at 18 months, the other at 4 years. I’ve got so many scars it’s crazy, but I love them all. My mom used to call them my “chicken tracks” because there are so many.

    Please let me know if I can help.

  2. Lucy Salcedo-Cruz said

    Hi. I underwent open heart surgery on February 25, 2009. I had an aortic aneurysm and it was causing me to have aortic valve insufficiency. I’ve been a First Grade teacher for 18 years and have also volunteered for the American Heart Association for the past 3 years. This project sounds like a great opportunity to educate about heart disease. I’d like to be involved. (I’m 40 years young!!)

  3. Katie Bentham said

    I have met some of your criteria however not all. I had open heart surgery 2 years ago to fix a mitral valve prolapse at the age of 30 years old, I have since had 2 operations to remove the surgical wires and another to fix some damage from the operation to my heart (the electrics). I would love to be involved in your project as my scar is very neat and a source of interest to many people!! I also have found it to be so unusual for woman under 40 years. I think what you are trying to do would educate so many.

    However, I live in London, UK. I would happily travel to the US…

  4. Sara said

    Hi – I received an email on your project from Adam’s Heart Valve blog and was felt connected to the idea of this project. I am 30 years old and have had open heart surgery twice for an aortic aneurysm and additonal complications and am currently facing a potential valve replacement. I had my first surgery at the age of 12 and feel that this has had a big impact on my outlook on life and has really shaped the person I have become.

    I am originally from Kansas (my boyfriend is from Ft Scott), but I live in Chicago now. I would be happy to help in any way that I can!

  5. God bless you and your little orange book.

    Angelica, I always knew there was something amazing and inspiring about you from the moment I met you and this has confirmed it. You are an extremely talented visionary with gifts that span beyond your years. Thank you for giving a voice to a cause that is so close to my heart and the hearts of so many.

    Long live the day we exhibit your works of heART at the Painted Blackboard. I’ll support you anyway I can my dear friend.

  6. Hi.
    I am now 43 years old, and had open heart bypass surgery in December. During the last five years: 2004 – 2009, I had 3 heart attacks. My mother had a heart attack at the age of 40. Both of us are not smokers, I do not have high blood pressure, nor high cholesterol.
    Each time I had an MI, I had angioplasty and was “stented”. It was the same artery each time.
    I know I am a few years older than your criteria; if you are flexible in your criteria regarding age, I would welcome an opportunity to be part of your project.
    I am a creative arts psychotherapist working with teenage girls with mental health issues. I’m still on disability and off work until March 1.
    I am so glad that I finally had the bypass surgery instead of continuing to have bandaids (the stents), that would break, crack, move into the heart muscle and they were the cause of my 2nd and 3rd MI.
    I feel like now, I will be able to heal physically with the new artery; heal emotionally with decreased anxiety, depression, and frustration regarding treatment; and heal spiritually as I will again find hope waiting for me…putting these 5 years behind me to move forward to create my health.
    I look forward to hearing from you.

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