This particular topic strikes close to home for me. My mom died of an aortic aneurysm when she was 35 and pregnant with my twin and me. I learned in my early 20's that I have the same medical condition that killed her. For a long time, I was pretty fatalistic. I figured I was going to die and the same age so why did it matter if I took care of myself? I was very overweight, smoked and didn't exercise. I did have an aortic dissection when I was 37 but praise God, I survived. I woke from the surgery thinking I had a second chance and I needed to do things right from that point forward. I've never smoked again, started walking everyday and in 2 years lost nearly 200 lbs. I got complacent with my weight and my health and gradually the weight started to come back.
A year ago, I had a mild stroke when my blood pressure got sky high. I had been on medication for blood pressure and my insurance would no longer cover it. It only took 2 weeks of not being on medication for me to have the stroke. It was very mild but it was another wake up call for me to get my act together again. I'm not sure I will be so lucky a third time, so I'm not pushing my luck anymore!
- 11/12/2010 9:45:56 PM