Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all.
I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2013, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great.
Not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country nor the only America in the Western Hemisphere. Also, this wish is made without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishee.
I don’t often become involved in causes, but this one is very close to my..ummm…heart.
Please take 3 minutes to watch this vid. It’s humorous and oh so true. It’s like they used my personal experience for their story line.
Deaths from cardiovascular diseases in women exceed the total number of deaths from the next 16 causes.
Every woman is SIX TIMES more likely to die from a heart attack, most probably her first, than die from breast cancer.
Heart attacks account for 30% of the deaths among women.
42% of women who suffer a heart attack die within the first year.
Of the 58% of women who survive their first heart attack, 35% of them will suffer a second one Within 5 years.
Over a quarter of a million women die each year from a heart attack within one hour of the onset of symptoms.
The delay in women seeking assistance is often 2-4 hours and is too late for survival without significant damage to the heart muscle and too late for most of the “clot buster” medications to be most effectively used.
WHY DO I CARE?
I’ve had two heart attacks - my first at the peak of my health during my amateur competitive tennis years. The second was four years after the first. My next will probably be my last.
February 3rd is National “Go Red for Women” day to bring the issue of Heart Disease in Women to national attention.
I’ve told my sons to stay in school for absolutely as long as they can. I don’t care what it costs. They are living in a communal bubble of youth, beauty, built-in friendships and academia. This will be a time in their life that they will reflect upon and cherish because the responsibilities that they have now are to themselves only…and that is true freedom.