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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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Little Jake's Heart of Gold

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I had take my daughter to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia every six months to monitor her juvenile arthritis. Occasionally after a visit, my daughter would feel a little down, but would perk up after some time and a little pep talk.

However, our best lesson came the day we met little Jake.

The hospital has a very nice eatery for out patients to enjoy, and we normally eat lunch there after a visit. On this particular day we walked in and saw a little guy sitting in a wheelchair. He had tubes in his nose and needles in his arms, and yet he had the most angelic face and smile that I had ever seen.

He kept staring at my daughter (flirting I'm sure). His smile was so infectious, and we couldn't help but smile, too. On our way out, we turned and waved goodbye.

As we left we got a little turned around while we were looking for the elevator and we ended up back at the patient center. We looked over and we saw little "Jake," as we heard his mother call him affectionately. He smiled at us again. With his cap on his head and the IVs in his arm, his mother wheeled him into the oncology ward. That little guy was a cancer patient.

He hadn't said one word, but I will never forget the peace that I felt when I saw his smile. He had a genuine glow.

I looked over to my daughter and I noticed a tear falling down her face. She later told me that she had been feeling sorry for herself for having to come in to get check-ups for her arthritis.

She said she will never forget the valuable lesson that she learned just from little Jake's beautiful smile. No matter what you are going through, never let your inner light dim. And never forget that someone, somewhere, may have troubles far worse than your own.

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

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