A retired Kansas National Guard brigadier general has a new mission - spreading the message of heart health.
Deborah Rose has always been driven to reach out. She says she believed God has put her in positions throughout her life where she has been able to help other people.
But in July 2012, Rose would need help herself. She was driving home to Overbrook from a meeting in Topeka whe she started feeling what she thought might be indigestion. It got worse and she pulled over. That's when she broke into a sweat and her left arm started to hurt.
Rose made it to the hospital, where she learned she was having a heart attack. She says she was shocked. She said she was the one in her family who had been in the military and exercised, plus she'd revamped her eating habits more than a decade earlier, so she thought she had done all the things she needed to do to be healthy.
Rose needed double bypass surgery. The experience helped her set a new course to spread the message that no matter how healthy you think you might be, you need to have your health care monitored and listen to your body. Rose says many people in her situation might have simply gone home and taken an antacid hoping the symptoms would go away, with tragic consequences.
Rose says her new mission in life is to tell other women about heart disease in hopes raising awareness will help save women's lives.