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After surviving a rare coronary artery dissection and massive heart attack while nine months pregnant, Nefertari has devoted her life to uplifting other heart patients and promoting heart health awareness.

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Lessons from Aurora

"Every hug from a family member, every laugh we share with friends" ...that's the beginning of a quote by Jessica Ghawi, a vibrant young lady who was killed during a mass shooting that took place in a Colorado movie theater last month.

Life is so very precious and most heart patients who have come close to losing their lives are able to express that sentiment.

I was taught a smart person learns from his mistakes, but a wise person learns from the mistakes of others.

It seems that in times of mourning such as this, it causes many of us to think more deeply about our own lives and the ones we love. I don't want to want until something bad happens to show my friends and family how much they mean to me. I'm going to do just as Jessica stated: enjoy every laugh and every hug.

It's beautiful spirited people like Jessica that make this world a place that you actually want to wake up to.

Her mother said she was like a "flash of lightning" when she walked into a room. I would have loved to meet her. One can only hope to have someone say such a thing about them once they are gone. She must have been an amazing young lady, and I strive to learn from her love of life.

When I saw the images on television of people crying and all of the sadness I could't help think that someone — a mother, a child, a father, a husband has those same tears of sadness when they lose a loved one prematurely to heart disease. We should all just take a little time to enjoy every hug and every laugh, just as that sweet faced young lady suggested.

It's hard to say if there would have been any way to prevent the killings in Aurora that night. It's hard to make sense of it all, or to know what could have possibly motivated that young man to do what he did.

However, heart disease is another matter. While it may be the leading cause of death among Americans, there are steps we can take to manage our health. Although I do not live in fear of losing my life, I take more time to make sure I am doing everything in my power to take care of and love my family. I do my part as a heart patient by taking my medicine, eating right, and following doctors orders. 

I'm going to take heed to the words of that beautiful wise young woman, and live life to the fullest every day.  

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After surviving a heart attack, Nefertari has devoted her life to promoting heart health awareness.

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