When 26-year-old Christine Coutu of Old Orchard Beach was born, she had blue lips. Tests revealed that she had Transposition of the Great Arteries and that she would need an operation. During a routine cardiac catheterization, she had a stroke but luckily suffered very little residual effects. Aside from occasional dizzy spells, she led a fairly symptom-free life growing up. It wasn't until her freshman year of college when one of those dizzy spells was recorded on a holter monitor and caused her heart to stop for several seconds. As a result, she was rushed to the hospital to have a pacemaker implanted. Five years later, she married her high school sweetheart, Ryan, and earned her Master’s degree in 2009. Christine has been very determined to not allow any of the complications from her heart condition interfere in her goal of living a full and happy life.
“As a child, I felt as though I was the only one in the entire world who had a heart problem. Please help me raise awareness of the #1 birth defect in children – heart defects.” – Christine Coutu
A woman at your table will have a "heart" story. Someone in your row at the breakout session will have found a way to eat baked, not fried, for her whole family. That exercise and diet plan you've been looking for, the one that is actually doable? The woman next to you in line for coffee is going to tell you to forget diets, and become a BetterU.
Together the women of Go Red can bring a voice to this silent killer to help save lives. We can listen to what our hearts are telling us, talk to our doctors, and spread the word to our friends and community about making the right choices and taking action.
Go Red For Women needs you to shatter the silence by choosing to Speak Up about heart disease. Be part of the movement, make choices, speak up and spread the word. By sharing this commitment with Go Red For Women, together we can help save lives. Be a part of this extraordinary day.
Our Hearts. Our Choice.
November 13th, 2010
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