Go Red for Women after research revealed that heart disease is the #1 killer of women. Most people think it's cancer but it's not. Heart disease is usually thought of as a man's disease. But after menopause, heart disease risk is just as high for women.
The reason I'm wearing red on Friday and joining the cause is to raise awareness that ...heart disease is the #1 killer of women.
Red is actually my favorite color!
I come from a family history of heart disease. My paternal grandfather died of a sudden heart attack. My dad had his first heart attack at the age of 61. I remember the night I received the dreaded phone call and had to take an urgent flight to Florida. They weren't sure if my dad would survive. After open heart surgery, 13 angioplasties, a pacemaker and implantable defibrillator ...my dad is still alive and kicking at the age of 85.
It really hit me as I just celebrated my 61st birthday on February 1st; same age as my dad's first heart event!
I had open heart surgery as a child of seven. It was for a congenital heart defect but I was born in 1953 so surgical procedures were not what they are today. But I survived and ...thrived!
Here's some exciting news!
I was invited by Ogilvy to be the February 12th Ambassador for the 28 Days to a Heart Health Challenge. I'm going to be posting inspiring quotes for women on their Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest boards.
I need your help.
If you have any inspiring quotes about women and health or women and heart disease, please share them in the comments. I want to include readers of Heart Choices in this endeavor. Do you have any stories you care to share? I'd really love to hear them.
And don't forget to wear red on Friday!
Blessings and love,