Last February was my first heart month and it surprised me by being a big deal. One of the things I did, quietly, was go to the Go Red for Women Casting Call at the Mall of America. Each year several women are chosen as Go Red spokeswomen, and I knew that if I didn’t at least try, I’d be mad at myself. But I didn’t tell anyone about it, except Scott and even him not til the day before.

I went alone and got in line with my form and clipboard. There was a Go Red media backdrop, a chair, lots of lights, a camera, and an interviewer. She was very nice and clearly a professional. She knew how to get me to talk comfortably (public speaking is not a problem for me; cameras, that’s another story). By the end I was crying and so was she. It was over quickly and I was happy with what I said. I looked around a little at the other Go Red events, and went home.

I guess some others liked what I had to say because I was selected as the winner for Minnesota, and so now you can see yours truly in Minnesota Monthly this August and on bus shelters (!) and billboards (!!) next February.

The photo shoot for the magazine was fun. There were four of us — Angie, Andrea, Jennifer, and me — and we posed for approximately 600 snaps of the shutter, maybe more, in a really cool commercial studio. We had photos together and individual “red dress” iconic shots. During the downtime we talked about heart disease and why we were there.

It was really humbling and inspiring to hear their stories. My age or younger, the other survivors are just as surprising heart disease “victims” as I am. And they are just as committed to sharing what they’ve learned, raising money and awareness, and living life to the fullest.

I hadn’t expected to enjoy the experience so much and now I want to do more. The Casting Call will open up new opportunities for me to learn and help raise awareness about women and heart disease.

Even if I do have to look at my head 14 feet tall.


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