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This month, we welcome WomenHeart Champion Support Network Coordinator Leticia Madrigal, MA where she will continue to expand her community work on behalf of women living with heart disease in Español.
In October 2014, Leticia will be attending the WomenHeart Science & Leadership Symposium at the Mayo Clinic Headquarters in Rochester, MN. As a WomenHeart Champion Support Network Coordinator, trained to support and educate women living with heart disease.
She shares how her parents paved her journey to be a voice for healthy living, LoveUNow. Her father withheld his symptoms from everyone including his doctor his silence led to his untimely death in 2012. He was an avid walker then the last few years of his life he walked less, ate the same, hence gained weight and had difficulty breathing. He did not share his symptoms, like many.
One August sizzling summer day in Mexico. He walked to the grocer and walked back to a scorching non-ventilated home. He didn’t have the air on, no window open, no fan on. He died of a heat stroke, compounded by a heart condition and was over weight. It was a tragic and preventable loss.
On the other hand, her mother’s doctor told her she had 6 months to live after living with Diabetes untreated for 20+ years. Her heart and kidney were compromised. Yes indeed Diabetes is a silent killer. Her mother is a survivor of a TIA and is a pacemaker recipient. She chose to powerfully manage her diabetes and now, years later, she’s loving life.
Thanks to being a caregiver she’s learned a lot. In solidarity with her mother’s well being. They embraced the journey to powerfully manage diabetes and lead a healthy lifestyle. They exercise regularly, practice being continuously hydrated, consuming loads of greens, supplements, staying low on the carbs, consuming moderate amounts of protein, and feel nourished with a peaceful and happy heart.
In their journey to share with the world their testimony they founded ÁmateAhora, LoveUNow Voices for Healthy Living. Where they coined and hold true, “Love you now, tomorrow may be too late” and “ÁmateAhora, mañana pueda ser muy tarde”.
Just this September Leticia was diagnosed by Interventional Cardiologist Dr. Mohahamed Dahodwala, MD, FACC from Cardiac Associates with a slight aortic valve disorder. First identified by a heart murmur caused by slightly leaky valves including the aortic and tricuspid valve. Dr. Dahodwala says, “To date prognosis is good and requires yearly monitoring”. Thanks to Dr. Estella Hernandez, MD for her light speed referral, most gracious and expeditious appointment. To God Be The Glory.
Thanks to the WomenHearts’ required cardiac assessment and medical release she continues being in action for a heart healthy life. She says, “El Saber Es Poder”. “Knowledge is power. Listen to your body. Come to terms with your health. Get checked even if you feel great. If you have a diagnosis be proactive! No doubt the health of your home start with you and me”. She is active, feels blessed, empowered, and aware.
Leticia Madrigal creates a culture of leaders causing leaders. Creating the experience of power and peace of mind by coming to terms with our health. By sharing her families testimony for patient advocacy and empowerment, men’s health and healthy living. Mobilizing healthy families, a healthy workforce at an individual, organizational and community level worldwide.
She is the Principal Industrial/Organizational Psychologist at Madrigal Consulting; Founder and CEO of ÁmateAhora, Voices for Healthy Living. Now with WomenHeart she will expand by sharing up to the minute information in Español thanks to the Mayo Clinic and all the WomenHeart partners. Set to be a Support Network Coordinator (SNC) and National Spokesperson for WomenHeart, thanks to the guidance of Alberta England Midwest SNC and WomenHeart Champion.
Alberta England co-coordinates three networks in the Northwest Suburbs, serve as co-coordinator at Rush Oak Park. Is on-boarding Leticia Wednesday October 8th at 6pm at Rush Oak Park Medical Office Building. “It is a perfect opportunity to observe how a network operates, says Alberta England”. Leticia is please to report Momma Madrigal will join her. WomenHeart looks forward to a blissful journey together.
More than 650 leaders like Leticia help WomenHeart reach women all over the country with lifesaving heart education and support. Would you like to join our WomenHeart Champions? Read about our prestigious training program, the WomenHeart Science & Leadership Symposium, and apply today! http://www.womenheart.org/