Today I celebrate National Kawasaki Disease Awareness Day! On January 26th my goal is to bring awareness. I am a Kawasaki Disease Survivor! I was diagnosed at age 11 (in 1984) before there was any treatment and very little awareness. At that time I was only the 6th person diagnosed in the state of Kentucky! With that being said I am lucky to be alive.
So What is Kawasaki Disease? Kawasaki Disease (KD), also known as Kawasaki Syndrome, is a serious illness characterized by inflammation of blood vessels throughout the body that primarily affects young children and infants. Please read this post on What is Kawasaki Disease to learn more! It may save a child's life in the future!
The 4th National Kawasaki Disease Awareness Day is today - January 26, 2014! You can learn more and donate to the research at www.kdfoundation.org.
As you know I just survived my 2nd open heart surgery because of the acquired heart disease from Kawasaki Disease. I am (almost) 3 months post-op and doing amazing! I am back to "normal" whatever that is!
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