Yes, I’m a Survivor
This has been a busy week as I traveled from San Diego Living to the Morning Blend in Tucson talking about women’s heart health. I can’t think of a better job! I remember feeling scared, desperate, anger, frustrated, and depressed after my first heart attack. Then more heart attacks, by pass surgery, and a stroke. I think I even wrote – “what the hell?”.
But, everything happens for a reason, right? So here I am, helping other women identify the symptoms and be their own advocate so they can avoid a heart attack and stroke. I’m so fortunate to be able to talk about it . . . because I am a survivor.
1 in 3 Women are not a Survivor
That’s the statistic. 1 in 3 women will die from heart attack or stroke! Think of your two closes girlfriends – statistically one will die from a heart attack or stroke. That’s some scary numbers!
Heart disease is the #1 killer of women, taking more lives than all forms of cancer combined. It’s time for women to really pay attention to their risks, their possible symptoms, and be their own advocate. Let’s not lose more precious women to a heart attack or stroke. Yeah, I’m on my soapbox. I’ve been there – a heart attack sucks; a stroke is even worse (in my opinion). But, I’m one of the lucky ones; I’m a survivor.
So, I’ve been out telling my story. It’s not easy . . . but it’s worth it! When I have a lady come up to me and tell me how she’s been ignoring potential heart attack symptoms or didn’t realize her risk factors and she commits to me to make a change . . . my life has more purpose than I could ever imagine. I thank these women every time for joining me in this battle; for helping to beat this killer; for saving their lives. Better than a survivor, let’s kick the heart attack and stroke to the curb!
My Fun Week
Okay – enough heavy stuff. That first picture is in the green room of San Diego Living. I was chatting with Tom Sandoval and Ariana Madix from Vanderpump Rules. If you’re my age you may not know their hit series on Bravo (I didn’t) but your kids do. Very sweet young folks (yes, I sound ancient now). Ariana taught me how to live in my heels (I’m not giving away her secret but I am totally stealing it [thanks!]).
The video, Life After a Heart Attack, from San Diego Living is already on the website – click here to watch. This was my third time on San Diego Living. That is such a fun group of people – so welcoming. Every time I’m enjoyed the environment. Thanks for having me back!
Fun in Tucson
Next I headed over to Tuscon Arizona for the Morning Blend. Okay, this is a terrible picture. Why wasn’t I doing a “Vanna White” thing with their sign (oh, that’ right, Ken Carr’s desk was in the way)? I really do need to lighten up some . . . it’s just a bit tough when I’m talking all serious about heart attack and stroke.
This was my second time at Tuscon Morning Blend and again, great people! They seem to have so much fun together. I just love that I was asked back to talk about women’s heart health. I think I shocked Tina Jennings and Heather Stricker when they realized I was a survivor of both a heart attack and a stroke.
I was given a bit more time on the Morning Blend which was great to really get in depth about the symptoms of a heart attack for women. Even though I was a bit under the weather and bloated, I’m really proud of this segment. I hope women listen and pay attention. I may have been able to prevent my heart attack if I’d know the symptoms . . . here they are:
Heart Attack Symptoms
H – hot and cold sweats
E – exhaustion
A – aches and pains especially in the jaw, neck, upper back
R – feeling like you want to retch
T – trouble breathing
See you doctor if you aren’t sure; heart attack symptoms are easy for women to dismiss. Be your own advocate. Trust your instincts.
Find more information at the American Heart Association.