We have added a new column to Hemos Unite! Introducing (again, if you follow the podcasts) one of my BFFs (thank you Hemophilia, I never would have met this amazing woman otherwise) HEATHER to the HU site.
She will be contributing to the site to inspire you to gain confidence in and out of the water. So, here is the Awesome Heather talking about how she combines two of her passions, swimming and working with bleeding disorders:
I am a swimmer. I began swimming around the age of two as my physical therapy. I was born with hip dysplasia and had three surgeries before the age of two to correct this. The doctors told my parents that swimming would be the best for me. I became a competitive swimmer during grade school. I raced up through high school then took a 20+ year break to have my children. I came back to competitive swimming six years ago.
I am an advocate for those with bleeding disorders. Welcome to my world of bleeding disorders, introduction from my son, born Feb. 2003. You can listen to my podcast about becoming part of the bleeding disorder community here. I have found this to be the most loving and close knit community, and wouldn’t change being here for anything.
Both my son and my swimming made me a stronger person. Stronger both mentally and physically. Both made me a better person, more true to myself; one who follows her passions and does what is right in her heart. The leaps and bonds I have made in the past years because of my son and swimming make me who I am today.
So here is my blog. I want to share my love of swimming and my love of the bleeding disorders community with you. I want to share how these have made me grow. I want to share a wonderful way to combine the two.
As a side note to each monthly blog, I will do a little update on the happenings in the swimming and hemophilia world in Southern California.
June 2nd-4th, Family Retreat…So Cal Chapter
Oct. 8th, Long Beach Marathon…So Cal Chapter
See you in the water,
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