Heart Survivor – Kellee Smith

Real Women of Maui 2013

Maui Heart Survivor Kellee SmithAt the age of 39, Kellee Smith was diagnosed with Supraventricular Nodal Reentry Tachycardia. This type of tachycardia is most common in women; approximately 75% of cases.

In late May of 2009, Kellee was scheduled to have a cardiac ablation procedure done. Unfortunately, family life had other plans for Kellee, causing her to cancel her surgery and place her heart condition on the back burner. Later in 2011, Kellee visited her Cardiologist to once again discuss her options; and she opted for medication.

Kellee is member of Halau Wehiwehi O Leilehua, lead by Kumu Hula Gordean Bailey. In December of 2011, the Halau held a fundraiser to help with Halau activity costs; or so Kellee thought.

At the annual Halau Christmas party, Kellee was handed a card by her Kumu which contained a check in her name for a substantial amount. The note in the card read, “Hearts are important to all of us – yours in particular. Santa thought he could help and solicited help from your hula sisters.” The halau fundraiser was actually held secretly for Kellee.

In 2012, Kelle underwent the ablation surgery and has since been living a healthier and stronger life. She credits this due to the love and help of her family and hula sisters. Kellee shares, “We have only one heart…we must care for it…so we can care for others!”

Each year, the American Heart Association of Maui invites a small group of women from our community to share their personal stories of heart disease survival at the annual Maui Go Red for Women Luncheon & Health Expo.

This year the event will be held on Saturday, November 15, 2014, at The Fairmont Kea Lani Hotel.

If you were not able attend last year’s event, we hope that you will come out this year to support this worthy cause.  In the meantime, please visit our blog every Saturday up until November 15, as we share the stories of last year’s heart survivors – Real Women of Maui 2013.

Heart Survivor – Iwalani Borge

Real Women of Maui 2013

Each year, the American Heart Association of Maui invites a small group of women from our community to share their personal stories of heart disease survival at the annual Maui Go Red for Women Luncheon & Health Expo.

This year the event will be held on Saturday, November 15, 2014, at The Fairmont Kea Lani Hotel.

If you were not able attend last year’s event, we hope that you will come out this year to support this worthy cause.  In the meantime, please visit our blog every Saturday starting from today, and leading up to November 15, as we share the stories of last year’s heart survivors – Real Women of Maui 2013.

Iwalani Borge, Heart SurvivorAt the age of 42, Iwalani experienced two transient ischemic attacks; also commonly referred to as mini-strokes. On both occasions she suddenly felt complete numbness to the left side of her body but brushed it off as a “pinched nerves.” After encouragement from co-workers, Iwalani finally went to see a doctor and before she knew it, she was entering the operating room to do undergo an angiogram.

Iwalani was diagnosed with Moyamoya disease – a very rare blood vessel disease located at the base of the brain that can cause strokes. As a result, Iwalani underwent a superficial temporal artery to middle cerebral artery bypass surgery.

Fast forward 5 years to January 31, 2013, while sitting at work, Iwalani began to experience an odd sensation to the left side of her body which then turned into pain under her left arm. Based on past experiences, Iwalani listened to her body and went to the Emergency Room. There, she was diagnosed as having a heart attack.

Thinking that all she would need is a stent or angioplasty procedure, Iwalani felt that it was no big deal. However, it was discovered that her heart was damaged with a 95% blocked artery, an 85% blocked artery AND an 80% blocked artery. As a result, Iwalani received a triple bypass surgery on February 6, 2013.

It is our hope that by reading each story, you will recognize yourself, or another woman in your life (mother, sister, wife, daughter, friend), and that you will be moved to take the necessary steps for prevention and early detection, accurate diagnosis, and proper treatment or share this information with someone you love.

October Walking Club Location Changed

Locatino Change imageAlthough we updated our Facebook page, we did not update our web site. Please accept our apologies. The location of our community walk for the month of October has changed.  This Saturday, October 4, we will be returning to Keopoulani Park in Wailuku at 8:00 am.  Please meet us at the Skateboard ramp near the Boys & Girls Club that is located off of Kanaloa Avenue in Wailuku. Look for the ladies in RED.  To download the Indemnification Form, please visit our Walking Club page.

September Walking Club Location Changed

Location Change imageThe location of our community walk for the month of September has changed.  On September 6, we will be returning to Keopoulani Park in Wailuku at 8:00 am.  Please meet us at the Skateboard ramp near the Boys & Girls Club.  For more information please visit our Walking Club page.

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