Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Will You Join Me and Wear Red This Friday?

Did you know that Friday is Wear Red Day?  You may be thinking 'what is wear red day?'  Well, the American Heart Association launched 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.

Together we are powerful. Let's unite and get to the heart of good health.

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,

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Dawn Paoletta said...

Oh, Deb what a wonderful spokesperson you are! I will get back to you if I can come up with any quotes! Hugs!

Debbie said...

I don't have anything (yet) but just wanted to encourage you with this. What a wonderful thing to do!

Janette's Sage/Simply Your Decor said...

Thanks...the funeral we attended for our 55 year old friend was from a heart attack...so this is very close to home this week.

Elizabeth Dianne said...

I admire you--and want to be an encourager also--thanks for posting this!

Denise said...

Excited to read what you post Debbie; what a wonderful opportunity for you to share and inspire! I have several family members who have suffered with heart conditions, so I am on board. (Besides...red is my favorite color too!)

RCUBEs said...

Im glad you're sharing this and making it known that heart disease is indeed what kills women the most! I didn't know that Friday is marked as Red Day and what an important reminder for all of us to start caring starting with our own hearts. Wow! Your dad is blessed and so are you with His strength and courage. I can't think of any quotes right now but I will be praying that many will be aware of this. Have a great rest of the week sister. Especially on Friday!

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