Some women prefer to keep their age secret, but Sheila Long is grateful for turning 50 this year. She celebrated her big day September 23, and is still celebrating, because one year ago—August 1, 2015—Sheila suffered a heart attack. Doctors found a blockage and placed a stent in one of her main arteries.
On Friday, November 18 Sheila will be celebrating again at the second annual Go Red for Women (GRFW) Ladies Night Out. Sheila shared her story as a survivor at the 2015 event. Now she is a member of the GRFW committee and passionate about sharing her message.
“It’s a mission of mine to reach others,” Sheila says. “Pay attention to your bodies. First we want to prevent, but if you have some symptoms or have a health event, pay attention to it and get help.”
Julie Jeske, chair of the GRFW committee says, “Last year was our inaugural event. We had a great turnout and we are building on last year’s success. The American Heart Association’s mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.”
The Go Red for Women event will include a photo booth, silent auction, a heart-healthy meal, and a survivor’s story.