I’ve watched #StoryBehindMyScar trend on Twitter all day and have been inspired by the many heart survivors who are sharing their stories of trials and triumph. Their scars are badges of honor – reminders that they are stronger than the heart condition that tried to hurt them.

Heart survivors often beat the odds, risen to the challenge and undergone numerous hospital stays, tests and surgeries – and many do it all before they learn to drive.  To borrow from a beautiful blog post written by a congenital heart defect survivor and Heart Warrior, Steve C:

We’ve given gallons of blood, one vial at a time. We’ve fought back against tremendous odds. We’ve been so sick that we’ve scared the world’s best doctors witless… and then amazed them even more when we recovered. We aren’t related by blood, but we are a family… We are people living with congenital heart defects.

So here’s how you can get involved: Share your #StoryBehindMyScar. Feel free to tweet us a photo on Instagram using the hashtag too. And finally, give a shout out to a heart disease survivor.