Eileen’s story: “When my surgeon opened up my heart, my arteries disintegrated”

27 Feb

♥  It’s Heart Month!  

Watch and learn, ladies: This is the Eileen Williams Story  (2:38)

from The Heart Truth: National Heart, Blood & Lung Institute

Q: What have you done to help your own heart this month?

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Jennifer’s story: her heart attack at age 36 “smacked her with her own mortality”

24 Feb

♥  It’s Heart Month!  

Watch and learn, ladies: This is Jennifer’s Story (2:25)

from The Heart Truth: National Heart, Blood & Lung Institute

See more of Jennifer Donelan’s story here or here, about surviving Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD).

Q: What are YOU doing to help your own heart this month?

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Can it be two years since my mother’s death?

21 Feb
Two years ago today, I wrote this essay on the morning my mother died:

Rest in peace, Mom.

Joan Zaruk    May 7, 1928 – February 21, 2012

At 5 a.m. this morning, after hearing the news on the phone, I reread the chapter called When Your Mother Dies, in Rona Maynard’s wonderful book, My Mother’s Daughter:

“Baby showers herald the transition to motherhood. Roses, greeting cards and invitations to lunch celebrate mothers every May. Yet, despite our culture’s motherhood mystique, no rituals mark the psychological journey we daughters begin when our mothers die.   Continue reading

Confessions of a non-compliant patient

17 Feb

by Carolyn Thomas @HeartSisters

Consider this scenario, dear reader:  I’m lying in bed late one Sunday evening, settled in to watch Downton Abbey for the next hour. But this Sunday is different from any other Sunday because I’ve had three new things to deal with during this past week that are utterly separate from my laundry list of daily cardiac concerns:

  1. I’ve been having physiotherapy three times a week because I twisted my right knee (same one I had knee surgery on seven years ago).
  2. I’m using a new prescription ointment for a pesky patch of psoriasis on my left elbow.
  3. I’m wearing a brand new acrylic mouth guard to bed every night that my dentist has just made for me to help treat a longstanding jaw alignment problem.

So. Here I am lying in bed that Sunday evening as our story unfolds . . . Continue reading

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