Award-Winning Artist & Activist Yewande Austin’s Heart Survivor Story [VIDEO]

When singer and activist Yewande Austin was preparing for a private performance, a heart arrhythmia changed those plans. She initially denied to herself both what was happening and the severity of her heart disease.

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“My mother’s gonna be so pissed. She’s gonna be so mad at me that I worked so hard all of my life and I have given so much to so many people, and how dare I leave without saying goodbye?” Austin recalls of that life-changing moment in a new video for the American Heart Association.

Today as a heart survivor, she cautions others to take the time to get checkups and make healthy choices.

Listen to her story in the video above.