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Betty Jo Traister’s Story


Betty Jo's Story

Heart disease runs in my family, and this is something I’ve known for many years. My Grandmother died of heart disease at 63, and just this past January my mother passed away 9 days after her 53rd birthday from a heart attack – her second. After her first heart attack and emergency triple bypass surgery she did all the things she should, quit smoking, changed her diet, exercised regularly. Unfortunately I think the damage had far been done due to 35 years of smoking.I have been a supporter and neighborhood volunteer for the American Heart Association for many years, and will continue to do whatever I can to help raise awareness and hopefully find a cure for this terrible disease that does not discriminate based on age, race, weight, health status or any thing else. An example – my husbands best friend died of a massive heart attack at 36, and he was a very healthy person and a marathon runner. I am 35 years old, and have high cholesterol, so I have made diet changes and lifestyle changes to cut this down so that my four year old little boy won’t have to go through the pain of having to bury his mother far too early. I hope to live a long time and get to spoil my grandchildren rotten.

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