04 February 2011
a woman's heart
Today is Go Red For Women Day, a national day to raise awareness of the most lethal killer of women in the United States.
I won't throw statistics at you.
I won't tell you what to wear.
However, I will tell you that I learned last year that I am a survivor: I have congestive heart failure. It does not "run in my family." The symptoms blended with my asthma, so I never believed that one of the underlying causes of my fatigue and breathing difficulty could lie outside of my lungs - this despite the efforts and suggestions of my very capable pulmonologist. It took a frightening incident and a hospital stay to make me comply and get the tests I needed.
The diagnosis frightened me. It should frighten anyone. It also motivated me.
Now I keep my weight down, I take my meds, I watch my sodium intake, and I see my cardiologist regularly. I feel better. I'll be a survivor longer.
If you read only one web page today, please read this one. Or this one.
And please take it seriously.