I am so proud of Sister to Sister!
Often it takes time (and hard work!) to see the fulfillment of one’s goals. Twelve years ago, I started the Sister to Sister, the Women’s Heart Health Foundation, after having worked in the field of chronic illness since 1974. Our goal was to do everything we could to help women prevent heart disease. That’s a pretty broad mission but there were a couple of things at the time that I felt were very important and would make it possible for us to have an impact.
Number one, and most important: I knew that heart disease was the number one killer of women.
Number two: I knew that heart disease had some positive aspects that other chronic illnesses did not have: it was preventable!
That is extraordinary! Imagine…. there are actually things one can do to prevent a serious lifetime illness. It is in one’s own hands. The challenge was to get this information out to women, but also the people around those women.
Since that time, we’ve worked very hard and made a significant impact. I am so excited for the new possibilities that are presenting themselves at the moment. Opportunities that are now appearing that will allow us to reach women around the world. I won’t go into the details in this blog; I will save them for later, but I am very excited.
I remember our first planning meeting twelve years ago. At the end of the meeting someone asked me, what I would like to see once we were established. And — giddy with excitement — my answer was: “Tomorrow the world!”
Well, this goal is looking possible.
We are taking our “screening intervention model” to a number of countries. I will tell you more later. Don’t want to give it away yet. I am so excited now with these new developments that I just had to say something or I will burst!