Chris stopped breathing when he was 2 months old because of a congenital heart defect known as a coarctation of the aorta and a bicuspid aortic valve and had 2 major cardiac surgeries before he was out of middle school.
At the age of 30, with two children under 3 as well as owning a business for which he was a 60% revenue producer, Chris was given 30 days notice that he was going to be out of work for 2-3 months minimum…he was the main income source for our family.
Chris had a life-threatening aortic aneurysm as a result of the congenital conditions he suffered as a child and required open-heart surgery in the next 30 days during which they would replace up to 8 inches of the largest artery in my body, the aorta, and potentially replace his aortic valve as well as his mitral valve.
Chris and I, Lauren , had been married 6 years at this point and since then, have come out of this experience stronger and more determined than ever to live with integrity and accomplish things few believe possible. We are passionate about helping others overcome challenges in their life and are dedicated to providing others like us with correct information that was so hard for us to find.
I have a deep sense of purpose and believe that everyone has the right to be better if they are willing to work to achieve it. I believe in challenging the status quo when it stands in the way of better and I live to be better everyday.
I am an Entrepreneur, Licensed Physical Therapist, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Titleist Performance Institute Certified Medical Professional, author and business owner in North Carolina. My wife lauren is a mother, teacher and as she puts it, on the same ride as myself just in another seat.
We are both very nervous and excited to share our thoughts, feelings and discoveries as we continue through our lives as spouses, woman, man, mother, father, entrepreneur and teacher who love nothing more than helping others. We truly believe we have been given the OPPORTUNITY to rise above this difficult part of our daily lives to help as many people as possible.
Writing and sharing here as well as on our social channels and podcast (betteriswhy) have been a huge way for us to explore our deeper selves and push our comfort levels. Our goal in sharing this with the world is that one of you reading this might feel inspired to inspire someone. If we achieve that, we have achieved better and can leave this earth knowing we lived as an example for our children.
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Thanks for taking your time to read our story!
– Lauren & Chris
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