Dear Oprah: An Open Thank You Note from Mellanie True Hills of - For Patients. By Patients - Stop Atrial Fibrillation

It’s Thanksgiving week here in the U.S., which is a time to reflect and give thanks. No matter what has happened in our lives, we have much for which to be thankful.

I have much for which I am thankful as well, including getting a second chance and a third chance at life. Both caused me to take up new missions — first, helping women know that heart disease is the #1 killer of women as well as men, and second, via, helping those with atrial fibrillation in hopes of wiping out afib-related strokes.

As part of my journey spreading the word, I recently had the opportunity to walk in Oprah’s footsteps and as a result made new commitments to these two missions. Thanksgiving seemed an appropriate time to share that via an open note to Oprah in thanks for her inspiration.

Read: Thank you, Oprah: An Open Thank You Note from Mellanie True Hills of

We at wish you time for reflecting on that for which you give thanks.

2 Responses to Dear Oprah: An Open Thank You Note from Mellanie True Hills of

  • Mark says:

    We lost my father to AFIB last year in a french hospital in Bordeaux. My mother has now started a blog which is detailing our experience there.

    Just wanted to link to it in case your readers are interested in our experience with getting treated (and what went wrong) in Bordeaux.

    If you do read the blog, please post some comments as my mom could use some encouragement.

  • Mellanie says:


    Thanks for sharing this. My heart goes out to you and your family. It’s such a tragic loss.

    To me, it seems that the doctors at home were at fault for letting it progress so far without doing anything substantive for your Dad. By the time he reached Bordeaux, his afib may have progressed to the point that it was very difficult to deal with. We now know that “while doctors are fiddling, Rome is burning” and that more proactive treatment may be a better course. The longer it goes on, the harder it is to fix.

    I hope that your family’s tragic loss will save someone else from something similar. Thanks so much for your mother’s spirit and generosity in sharing this story.


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