Hailed as the Erma Bombeck for the 21st Century, Rudy Wilson Galdonik is a menopausal mom with an attitude. A tad shy of bionic, she is a lifelong heart patient with over $40,000 worth of equipment embedded in her chest. Installation extra. She was widowed at the age of 42.
Rudy is a gifted storyteller with a powerful message that is not easily forgotten.
Rudy is a three-dimensional expert on being sick – she has been the patient, the caregiver of a patient (she was widowed at the age of 42), as well as a hospital Human Resource Manager. She understands the challenges, emotions and issues of being sick.
Rudy’s unique perspective is a valuable resource for the medical community. She understands the pressures, problems and challenges of those committed to working in healthcare as well as the extraordinary special issues and needs of patients and their caregiver. She helps audiences see challenges and obstacles as opportunities for growth and she inspires people to grow in both their personal and professional lives. Rudy’s message is powerful, poignant and not easily forgotten.
For Christian audiences, Rudy shares life lessons with honesty and grace, inspiring women to embrace a new love relationship with Jesus. A gifted storyteller, Rudy blends scriptural truth with everyday tips and techniques. She uses humor to encourage women to see today’s challenges as tomorrow’s credentials and to step out in faith to be all they were meant to be. Her message is for anyone “on the fence” as well as women who already know and trust in the power and love of Jesus.
Here are some of the details:
- Mom. Two bio kids – one drop-dead-gorgeous-mature-sophisticated daughter and one whacko-hiker son who solo hiked the Appalachian Trail during his junior year in high school. Two years later he solo hiked from Mexico to Canada in 67 days. Recently married to a gorgeous young lady who, fortunately, is also able to walk real fast. Two step kids – one genius engine mechanic and one compassion-filled, funny daughter. Two stepgrandkids – one dynamo soccer player and one adorable baby girl who is presently in the sitting, drooling stage.
- Wife. Married to best friend and college sweetheart for 20 years. Widowed at age 42 from cancer. Remarried to backwoods Minnesotan. A gift from God.
- Two open-heart surgeries (at age 25 and 47) to correct congenital heart defects. Join her in the bathroom (great acoustics!) and you can hear her artificial heart valves click!
- Author: Take Heart! a laugh-out-loud collection of essays which look at life through menopausal eyes.
- Author of inspirational stories in Chicken Soup for the Soul, Teatime Stories for Women, Stories of God’s Abundance, and Teens Can Bounce Back as well as numerous articles. Contributor to Improving Systems of Care, A Patient’s Perspective. 2010 won honorable mention in the PEN Soul-Making Contest for Literary Nonfiction.
- WomenHeart Mayo Symposium graduate. Advocate for WomenHeart, the National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease.
- Founding member of the Women and Infants Hospital Patient and Family Advisory Committee. Only patient representative on the W&I Board of Director’s Quality Committee.
- Served as Co-chair, American Heart Association, Rhode Island Chapter’s Women and Heart Disease Committee.
- Served on National Board of Directors, Adult Congenital Heart Association
- American Heart Association Heart of the Year Award recipient.
- Human Resource Manager at a major medical center. Recruited, hired, and counseled staff. Designed and taught management and community service programs.
- Graduate Upsala College. (You’ll have to trust her on this one – Upsala went bankrupt in 1995 leaving Rudy with no alma mater.)
- 6th Grade – a banner year – received citizenship award, writing contest winner, correctly guessed the number of Cheerios in the jar at the annual PTA Fun Fair!