February is fast approaching. The ‘red’ month… and I don’t mean Valentine’s Day.
It’s a fantastic thing that a whole month is dedicated to raising heart disease awareness. Anytime attention is focused on an issue that affects millions of people, it is a worthy cause. Overall, much is being done to spotlight what can be done to prevent heart disease. Heard this one before? ‘Check your numbers’; ‘Exercise regularly’; blah blah blah. It would seem that the only awareness being raised is on how best to avoid it.Since we don’t have that option, what we need now is information on how best to live with heart disease. Come To TermsThere. I said it. It’s like anything in life; you win some, you lose some. So what if I have heart disease. Everybody has something to contend with. What’s important is how you view it. Does it define you? Or, by living your life the best you can, do you conquer it?Challenge YourselfMentally, not physically. That’s a given. Truth be told, I spent the better half of the day in bed. However, the other half of the day was spent doing the things I love most. What is it that you love to do most? Stop to think before you answer. Sometimes the more profound realizations come when you are quiet enough to hear them.Continue To LearnThe beauty of the Internet is that it continues to evolve. Six years ago, you’d be hard pressed to find anything on the Internet regarding Microvascular Heart Disease. That is beginning to change. So, we need to change. We need to continue to read and to research and to learn all we can about our condition. You never know… perhaps we can, in some small way, dictate the direction of our care.Stretch ForwardLike a cat waking up from a nap. Your condition might be static, but you don’t need to be. Expand your horizons. Volunteer. Take a course. Read that book you’ve been meaning to. Remember, its the small victories that add to the richness of your life. Make this a February to remember. Join the most important cause imaginable… yours.