Come join Aortic Hope's Book Reading Event on Thursday, June 2nd at 7pm EST.
Our featured author/ survivor is Maria Trinidad Herrera.
Maria's first Aortic Dissection Surgery was in 2009, at the age of 53. At the time, she was healthy and training for the Chicago marathon. Unfortunately, six weeks before the marathon, she had an emergency open-heart surgery. Because it was difficult to diagnose, her aorta dissected to the left Iliac, causing a type A and type B dissection.
This was the beginning of her Aortic Dissection journey. It changed her life forever. Post-first surgery, many other issues arose that led to a second open-heart surgery in 2017.
Maria Trinidad Herrera is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with diverse experience in social work. She holds a Doctorate in Social Work (DSW) degree and a Master of Social Work (MSW) from Aurora University, and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Sociology/Anthropology with a Minor in Criminal Justice from the University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS). Maria Trinidad Herrera has a passion for working and volunteering with vulnerable populations. Her professional career and poetry reflect that hunger. She is a proud immigrant, born in Mexico, who came to the United States at seventeen.
"Dissected: Healing With Poetry... My Journey of Two Aortic Dissection Surgeries" may be purchased by clicking here.