As they say, better late than never!!
This is embarrassing, but has to be said…I began a Blog that I couldn’t even keep up with, but it’s time…time to get this “party” started!!!!
Heart Disease continues to be the Number One Killer of Women over all cancers, all other diseases, all other leading causes of death (murder, accidents, suicides), according to the Center for Disease and Prevention Control. WHY? Because we are not getting the awareness the Breast Cancer has garnered over the years.
I’m just going to be blunt here, because I have experienced both the threat of breast cancer (benign but only have one and a half breasts now for pro-active reasoning), as well as being diagnosed with numerous types of heart disease. I have congenital heart disease, microvascular heart disease, pulmonary hypertension, mitral valve prolapse, mitral valve regurgitation, leading to a deteriorating mitral valve, and chronic/unstable angina.
So here goes…they’re called boobs. Breasts can be seen and are a very sexual part of a woman’s body. Thus, why we have big burly NFL football players running around in pink the month of October…you won’t see them any other month, during the season, wearing any other color in support of awareness for any other disease. Hearts can’t be seen, and they surely aren’t sexy!
I have tried for years now to get NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to have NFL players wear red, even red dress patches, in support of awareness for women and heart diseases. His excuses were lame at best. Yeah, the season, other than the Super Bowl, is over by time Heart Disease Awareness Month (February) comes around, but hey, I’ll settle for the Super Bowl any day!!! Pick a different month, other than October, it doesn’t matter…just get the word out!!!
A big shout-out to Mark Sanchez who did a PSA on Women’s Heart Attacks, during the 2010 Super Bowl. When asked why he did the PSA, he stated that he had taken a course during his college years that talked about women’s health and how women have different heart attack symptoms than men. He went further by stating that he felt the need to highlight this issue “especially since heart disease is the number one killer.”
This is exactly what we need to bring awareness to the table of women and heart disease…celebrities speaking out, especially men! Barbara Streisand has been a huge advocate for years in getting the word out regarding the issue of women and heart disease being the number one killer! Furthermore, what used to be known at Cedars Sinai Women’s Heart Center in LA, is now called, and appropriately so, The Barbara Streisand Women’s Heart Center for all of her hard work, and funding of the Center. Thanks Babs!!
Challenging all other celebrities, pro-athletes, and those in power to take a stand against the Number One Killer of Women…Heart Disease. It’s not just my life, or other women’s lives, I’m fighting for, but my two daughter’s lives, and my three grandchildren’s lives, as heart disease too can be passed down to other generations…I should know. My oldest daughter had heart surgery a little over two years ago for a congenital issue, and my youngest daughter has worn a heart monitor due to irregular heart rates. The chances are great that my grandchildren will also be at high risk for heart disease, which makes this Mama very,, very sad. I won’t be around forever to herald the cause…time is of the essence!!!!
Let’s lift up our voices and BE HEARD!!!! Who knows, we might just save a life or two 🙂
Here’s to a lifetime of Heart Healthy Living….