As a general rule, I try to be very private about what I do for others. My motivation is simply that I am not seeking praise from others and that it is my way of giving back to the community. There are a couple of causes that are near and dear to my heart. The Little Hats, Big Hearts Project sponsored by the American Heart Association is one of them. There are two reasons for this. The first is that a friend in nursing school who was a year ahead of me had congenital heart disease. Her courage and zest for life was amazing. Her life was an inspiration to many. It is partially in remembrance of her that in the past couple of years I have been participating in this project and will continue to do so for the remainder of my life as long as I am able to do so.
The second reason, is that I am fortunate to be alive due to the wisdom of an Emergency Room Dr. who insisted that I remain in the hospital, despite my protests, when I went to the hospital with chest pain and atypical signs of heart disease more than a decade ago. She said she knew there was a problem that required further attention and required and overnight stay in the hospital. Under much protest I was admitted to the hospital and met one the most patient and persistent doctors I have ever had the privilege of meeting. He convinced this very stubborn woman to allow him to perform a procedure that saved my life. I will always be grateful to him for that.I remain his patient to this day. He and his staff are incredible. There is more to this story, but this is neither the time or place to share it.
It is for those two reasons and my knowledge of the importance of educating others about heart disease, that I participate in this project.
I will be posting here about the details of making hats for this project.