My Journey of Transplantation, Revelation & Transformation

Enjoy Storytelling Laced with Humility, Humor and Grace

She was loving her life as a healthy, young professional and aerobics instructor. But one day while teaching a fitness class, she collapsed - and spiraled into a life-threatening health crisis. Kristy needed a new heart.

Now, in her gripping memoir, Change of Heart: My Journey of Transplantation, Revelation & Transformation, she provides fascinating and inspiring insight into her extraordinary survival story that chronicles her frightening heart failure—and her triumph over what could have ended her vibrant life far too early.

In engaging vignettes, Kristy takes you on an intimate journey as her failing health prompts doctors to put her on the heart transplant list. Then, miraculously, a donor heart becomes available. Page by page, Kristy takes you through her death-defying experience as she courageously—and optimistically—endures surgery and recovery.

“Kristy is an overcomer, and a passionate volunteer leader for a lifesaving mission. Courageously sharing her personal story will show survivors that they are not alone and that they, too, can overcome and inspire others.”

—Kevin Harker, Executive Vice President

Midwest Region American Heart Association

“Kristy has taught me much about how to approach life’s challenges with bravery and positivity. Her optimism is infectious and her resilience in overcoming setbacks provides a successful formula for those wanting to live a more fearless and fulfilled life.”

—Allison Robinson, Founder and CEO

The Mom Project

Kristy Sidlar is available for media interviews, book signings, and speaking engagements.

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