Last month, I spent a weepy week feeling very nostalgic – in an oddly happy way. Because last month was the 8th annual Science & Leadership Symposium at the world-famous Mayo Clinic — a joint effort hosted by Mayo Women’s Heart Clinic and WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease . And I was feeling so nostalgic because exactly one year earlier, five months after my own heart attack, I had flown to Rochester, Minnesota to attend the 7th annual Symposium - the first Canadian ever invited to attend…
As cardiologist Dr. Sharonne Hayes describes: “women who go from being victim patients to gunning for bear!” Most importantly, Symposium graduates are “changed for life”, as Dr. Hayes says, inspired to return to their own communities to share what they’ve learned.
Says Traci Klein of Mayo Clinic: “It’s amazing to watch the women connect and recognize the power they have to help others.”
Heart Sisters by Carolyn Thomas, 12/12/09