“One of America’s Top 4 Hospitals and for the 19th consecutive year, Cleveland Clinic’s heart program has ranked as the BEST in the nation.......” This is why I travel every year to Cleveland Clinic for my annual heart check up. World-class. Superior. And the most amazing, caring physicians. I wouldn’t trust my heart with anyone else.
Add in the fact that the week before I would survive a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) at the 2009 Indy Mini Half Marathon I had visited my family doctor for light headedness, dizziness, and occasional one second black-outs. The verdict?
A classic text book diagnosis. (Especially in Dallas spring weather.) The only problem was the fine print of “Sometimes”.....Sometimes these same symptoms can be the result of an abnormal heart rhythm. A few days later, at the 2009 Indy Mini Half Marathon, I would prove that “sometimes” should not be ignored.
Dr. Lever at Cleveland Clinic would tell me 2 days after my SCA that I would have to have heart surgery. Being a Martinez sister I told him that I would think about it. “I’ll go back to Dallas and think about this decision.” He looked at me like a grandfather would and said, “Not.On.My.Watch.” There was no decision to be made. There was only one choice. And at Cleveland Clinic, it was the RIGHT choice. My eyes glassed over because I knew the surgery would happen. I didn’t want it. At. All. But I knew my heart was in the best hands that they could be in so I agreed. I said, Okay.
Fast forward 5 years later and I am forever thankful to a hospital that feels more like family than a building of doctors. Because of this and their amazing care, I continue to push forward with my goal of fundraising $10,000 for a hospital that is world-renowned and seeks groundbreaking research to provide new treatments and cures.
One week ago we were just north of $5,000 and today we broke $6,000. THANK YOU!!!
With 10 days left until the sisters and I show up at the 2014 Indy Mini starting line..... please consider a donation to help me reach this goal and to help change the lives of all cardiac and Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy patients.
TOGETHER we can make a difference!!
Donation Link: http: Cleveland Clinic + Teresa Fundraising Page