Battle of Heart Disease: Overcoming Obstacles with Armin Muzafirovic
“I have a determination that plays a role.” – Olivia Rose
Bouba chats with Olivia Rose to talk about her heart disease journey.
After suffering two strokes and heart disease, Olivia Rose, an elite athlete, courageously fights for her life and embarks on an inspiring journey of self-discovery and resilience to defy the odds.
Olivia Rose is a thriving survivor, heart transplant recipient, and former LVAD patient living with heart disease. In addition, she is a natural bodybuilder and former athlete who has inspired others with her resilience and determination.
Olivia Rose was 25 when she was diagnosed with a heart condition in 2014. She had two strokes, an LVAD to help her heart, and was told she only had 15% of her heart functioning. Despite this, she remained positive and found strength in her family, friends, and athletic background. Through her determination and her mother’s unwavering support, Olivia Rose eventually received a heart transplant and is now living with a new heart. She inspires many, overcoming immense challenges and finding joy in the little moments. In this episode, you will learn the following:
1. How Olivia dealt with the diagnosis of her heart disease at the age of 25, and how did she manage her mental health?
2. How does Olivia’s competitive spirit help her recover?
3. How was it for Olivia’s family when she was diagnosed with heart disease, and what changes did they have to make?
Bouba sits down with John to talk about life with the LVAD and heart transplant.
John Sanson is a Houston-based patient who was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy in 2016 and has since undergone LVAD and transplant procedures. He is an inspiration to many, having shed over 100 pounds, and is currently working in the coffee industry and producing a documentary series.
Heart of a Giant Foundation to Improve Health Promotion and Accessibility with $10,000 Grant from The Lenny Zakim Fund
We are delighted to announce that the Heart of Giant Foundation (HGF) has been awarded a $10,000 grant from The Lenny Zakim Fund (LZF), which will help improve health outcomes for the most vulnerable residents affected by inequity in the Mattapan and Dorchester community.
We are delighted that the American Heart Association has announced the Heart of Giant Foundation (HGF) for the third year in a raw EmPOWERED to Serve Community Ambassador. In Early 2022, HGF conducted a webinar series on important heart health information to educate community members. Fifty-oneAs a result, people participated live in the webinars with many questions to the presenters. After that, we shared the recordings and disseminated the key points through various channels, including websites and social media.
Dear Friends: with the 2022 year ending, I hope you are ready to enjoy the holiday season, spend time with friends and family, and take some downtime to relax.
Heart of a Giant Foundation to Support Community Blood Pressure Screening and Health Education Project with $5,000 Grant from Foley Hoag Foundation
We are delighted to announce that the Heart of Giant Foundation (HGF) has been awarded a $5,000 grant from Foley Hoag Foundation, which will help improve health outcomes for the most vulnerable residents affected by inequity in the Mattapan, Roxbury, Brockton, Lawrence, and Dorchester community.