I apologize in advance for not replying sooner to the parrot and cruise threads... I've been very busy/involved with family members' crises in the past few weeks. However, something happened that I want to share with you all. Please just bear with me...
Today, a good friend, neighbor, and fellow Wench (one of our newest) told me that one of our mutual good friends had a heart attack and a stroke yesterday. She cannot move, and is having problems talking. She is in the critical care unit.
She is in her mid-thirties and a mother of a six-year-old little boy.
Needless to say, I'm shocked and stunned. She is a beautiful, giving, kind person... someone that I admire greatly. She is far too young to have something like this happen to her and to her husband and son. She's been under a lot of stress lately with some events in her life.
They think that she will make a full recovery, but she has a VERY long road ahead of her to gain recovery. I'm sure some of you have had experience with stroke victims/cardiac patients.
What I want to say, in a nutshell, may sound preachy. I am not coming to you in such a way as if to say that I myself am above the following advice. THIS HAS BEEN MY WAKE-UP CALL. I am obese. I am not doing all that I can for myself to ensure that I am the healthiest that I can be. Some of you may say, "Sure, eat right, keep your body pure, die anyway." Maybe, but it sure as hell won't HURT to do all that you can to keep yourself in tip-top shape.
Heart disease and stroke is the #1 killer of women... FAR above breast cancer. More women than men die of heart-related problems. It can happen at ANY age... in my own family, my mom had her first heart attack at age 40, and her father died of one at age 35. One of the ladies' magazines (I can't recall which) is sponsoring Red Dress Days to raise awareness of the prevalence of heart disease in women. Too many of us ignore it.
PLEASE, if you can do anything for yourself and for others, do something to make yourself healthier, happier and less stressed. I love you all. I don't want to lose ANY of you. Cyd posted re: fairfolk in her LJ that have died of heart-related problems. We've all been touched by it. We surely don't need to lose any more of those whom we love.
If you smoke, stop.
Go to the doctor regularly (yearly for check-ups), no matter *how* healthy you think you are.
Take meds that you're supposed to be taking.
Do what you can to minimize stress.
Most importantly, do these things because you're loved by many who don't want to lose you.