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Two Hearts to Celebrate this Valentine's Day: Plus a $75 #SheSpeaksHeart Giveaway

Two Hearts to Celebrate this Valentine's Day: Plus a $75 #SheSpeaksHeart Giveaway

It's no coincidence that Valentine's Day is during American Heart Month. But the two holidays aren't usually observed together. SheSpeaks member, SusanHN writes below about why the two occasions should be celebrated as one. 

Read on to find out about a different meaning behind Valentine's Day. Plus, enter to win a $75 gift card to your favorite restaurant to share a meal with someone you love.

"My husband and I were never that into Valentine's Day. We've usually put a few pink and red decorations on the window, cooked a favorite meal, and gave our kids a heart-shaped box of candy. It's always been very minimal. Until now. 

This year, we will embrace Valentine's Day much more than usual - because we are not just celebrating love, we are also celebrating hearts.

About a year ago, my husband randomly started having what he described as heart palpitations. We both attributed it to stress and went on with our lives. 

And then, this past July, a friend of ours died from a heart attack while taking his dog for a walk. It shook our whole community to the core. He left behind a loving wife, two beautiful sons, ages 9 and 12, a large extended family that he was very close with, and many friends who will miss him dearly. 

After we heard this terrible news, my husband immediately called the doctor.

Thankfully, he did. A week later, he was diagnosed with atrial flutter. His heart and brain were not always getting the blood they needed. If left untreated, he could develop congestive heart failure, heart attack or stroke. 

He scheduled the recommended out-patient procedure right away. 

Though incredibly scary for both of us, my husband's procedure went very well. He continues to need monitoring, but in effect, it saved his life, and for that, we are extremely grateful.

So this Valentine's Day, we will celebrate love. And,we will celebrate hearts - both the hearts that our kids draw on pieces of red construction paper, and the hearts that beat inside our bodies. Because we now know that taking care of your heart is the best Valentine present you can give."

For more information on heart health, please visit The American Heart Association

What will you be celebrating this February? Tell us and enter to win a $75 gift card to your favorite restaurant!

#SheSpeaksHeart Giveaway

*One lucky contestant will be chosen at random to receive a $75 gift card to winner's choice of restaurant, provided that the gift card is easy to purchase online.  Giveaway is open through February 23rd, 2020 to U.S. residents at least 18 years of age. Entrants must be a member of SheSpeaks. If you are not a member, click here to join. Winner will be notified by email.

Update: Thanks to all who entered! Congrats to our winner, SheSpeaks member puzzlepopples
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  • gigi62 By gigi62
    02.05.20  

    I am celebrating life.

  • beetea By beetea
    02.05.20  

    Mardi Gras.

  • paminny By paminny
    02.05.20  

    I'll be celebrating my family this February.

  • Ladygem616 By Ladygem616
    02.05.20  

    I will be celebrating my dad surviving from Whipple Surgery and being cancer-free!!

  • mommysguys By mommysguys
    02.05.20  

    Last summer, my father's heart gave out and he left this world. This Valentine's Day, I will celebrate that the love he held lives on in me and in his grandchildren. And I will be thankful for every minute I get with those I love. 

  • angelmimi By angelmimi
    02.05.20  

    My grandson has joined the Army so I  will be sending him a card and treats but that is about all this year!

  • jas3535 By jas3535
    02.05.20  

    I'm celebrating courage and healing. After decades of depression and insecurity due to domestic violence, I am finally taking my dream trip to Alaska (by myself) for a week. I'll be in a heated hut under the northern lights, whale watching, and seeing the beauty that I've longed to see. This is a huge step for me and is incredibly symbolic of freedom. I am terrified. But I must do this to prove to myself that yes. I can do this.

  • beaniebaby70 By beaniebaby70
    02.05.20  

    Good health!

  • nerlande223 By nerlande223
    02.05.20  

    I am celebrating my birthday!

  • davisesq212 By davisesq212
    02.05.20  

    I'm celebrating new beginnings. 

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