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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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  • enfuegogrl By enfuegogrl
    02.12.20  

    My husband and I help celebrate Valentine's Day by volunteering shelter animals find forever homes. 

    Over the years we have been Blessed to find countless homes for dogs and cats along with other volunteers. It's a joy and does the heart good.

    Later in the evening we share kitchen duties and have a romantic dinner in.

    Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

  • Jojaby By Jojaby
    02.12.20  

    We're not celebrating much - too busy with baseball and archery to celebrate anything

  • momlh63 By momlh63
    02.12.20  

    I celebrate my 4 granddaughters every day. Two of my sons are getting married in a couple of months.

  • SeymaShabbir By SeymaShabbir
    02.13.20  

    My husband bday and my sisters bday.

  • bookworm3 By bookworm3
    02.13.20  

    I am celebrating being grateful.

  • smethvin By smethvin
    02.13.20  

    My birthday and Valentines with my grandson....Hubs us working and so is his Mom so perfect day for us. And for the continued wellness journey I have stuck to over a year

  • dlynell By dlynell
    02.13.20  

    I'm celebrating making it through the 1st half of 'Minnesota' winter!

  • Bekkivv87 By Bekkivv87
    02.14.20  

    I will be celebrating a 17 year long relationship with my husband. Not only celebrating the years, but celebrating everything our relationship stands for. Commitment, honesty, trust, fun times, sad times, even those hard times that don't happen that often, but still do. While everyone around us, struggles to stay strong or make it work, our love only grows stronger. It has seemingly become so hard in this day and age, to stay focused on your relationship, with things like social media and cell phones etc, but we do. Here's to us! 

  • ObviouslyMARvelous By ObviouslyMARvelous
    02.14.20  

    My husband and I are having a Couplestine date with friends. I am also going to a Galentines day brunch. 

  • Hannah85 By Hannah85
    02.14.20  

    This February I am celebrating moving houses!!! I am so excited for my family, this is our first home!!! 

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