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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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  • beccalam13 By beccalam13
    02.05.20  

    beccalam13

  • plong22 By plong22
    02.05.20  

    Husband and I usually do date night on Fridays and Valentine's Day happens to fall on Friday.  We will do our usual - early movie, grocery shopping and a nice dinner out.

  • ink123 By ink123
    02.05.20  

    myself

  • KatieJones By KatieJones
    02.05.20  

    I'll be celebrating with my husband, though we probably won't be doing much since his schedule has been crazy.

  • Annienicole7 By Annienicole7
    02.05.20  

    I'm celebrating selling our home and moving I to a new home with our family of 5. We are also celebrating health, love and togetherness 

  • Jillburnette By Jillburnette
    02.05.20  

    This would be a perfect valentines gift to use for dinner with my hubby!  It's been forever since we've had date night!

  • galiarific By galiarific
    02.05.20  

    I am celebrating my family!

  • jcp542 By jcp542
    02.05.20  

    love is a wonderful thing

  • Xbecky12x By Xbecky12x
    02.05.20  

    I will be spending it with my husband chilling and making dinner with movie. 

  • Nana14 By Nana14
    02.05.20  

    My husband and I will celebrate 48 years of marriage this year. Over the past year he has had some health issues including heart disease. It will be nice to celebrate us!

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