LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
Today is the seven-year anniversary of my surgery and I can’t help but thank God that I’m still here. I didn’t think I’d see 23, and here I am getting ready to turn 30. According to my doctors, my heart will keep ticking for a long, long time.
I never got to thank the Corpsman, HM1 Donald Kline, for saving my life. He retired from the Navy shortly after finding out about my heart problems and I never saw him again. If it weren’t for him, I’d have died. I truly hope that someday he comes across this and realizes how grateful I truly am.