Speaking of the Heart
Did you know that heart disease is the number 1 killer of women in America? This morning when I heard this information on Good Morning America, I was shocked. Who knew?! Why is this?! Wow!!
Studies show that 1 in 3 women die every year from heart disease. See: https://www.goredforwomen.org/about-heart-disease/facts_about_heart_disease_in_women-sub-category/statistics-at-a-glance/ Ladies, stress will kill you! Know the signs: chest pains, shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, abdominal pain, and/or flu-like symptoms. I know; I know. These symptoms could indicate something else. True, but better safe than sorry. Don’t delay treatment! Too many of us do. We can, however, do better.
Have you ever had the experience of seeing someone one day; and unexpectedly, the next day they have died? It has happened to me twice. The most recent time was last week. Some images just linger, you know.
As I was about to leave, I noticed that the person was uncomfortable. It was so obvious that I commented on my observation. Also, I told the person to, “Take care”. Two words. In hindsight, I wonder if my departing words could have motivated medical attention. Two words… “Call 911”; “What’s wrong”; “Stand up”. Two words. One life. One death.
Listen, life is stressful for everyone. Many times, it is easier to pick up fast food and/or omit weekly workouts. In the long run, the impacts of overlooking these things will manifest itself in ways that may make our heads spin. Let’s invest in one another. I know that many times we are given societal messages to compete against one another. A house divided will not stand. We are human. We are one house.
Let’s evaluate our individual strengths and use them the help lighten the load for at least one woman. Be her sister, for real. Your presence should brighten her day. Her presence will brighten his day. Their presence will provide long-lasting rays for generations to come.
Compressions. Beats. Breaths. I’m talking LIFE. I’m speaking of the heart.