A Message From Mary Ballou -
I lost my mom to complications from heart disease this past March. Her end of days were not easy for her. She suffered through many adverse health conditions during the last four years of her life. The sad lesson that I learned watching her end of days is that most of her suffering could have been avoided.
She was a heavy smoker, had an unhealthy diet regiment and did not exercise. She had a mild heart attack 15 years prior to her passing but the only changes she made were to take more medications. She would not or could not quit smoking, changed her diet very little and "sat" her days away.
We tried to encourage her to change her habits but she refused any advise. Her final two years were difficult, she was wheelchair bound and needed constant assistance. She suffered through mini stokes, lost her sight and her will. She was finally placed in to a nursing home 6 months before passing. She was sad and frail with little quality left in her life.
While my mom taught me many great lessons throughout my life, her greatest lesson was the one I learned during her final years, how not to take care of yourself. I have taken charge of my health.
I quit smoking 10 years ago, exercise on a regular basis and eat a very healthy diet. I am nearing 60 and do not have any heart conditions. My five risk factors for metabolic syndrome are under control. So, thank you Mom for giving me one final, wonderful lesson. How to take better care of myself and avoid heart disease. I love you.
A woman at your table will have a "heart" story. Someone in your row at the breakout session will have found a way to eat baked, not fried, for her whole family. That exercise and diet plan you've been looking for, the one that is actually doable? The woman next to you in line for coffee is going to tell you to forget diets, and become a BetterU.
Together the women of Go Red can bring a voice to this silent killer to help save lives. We can listen to what our hearts are telling us, talk to our doctors, and spread the word to our friends and community about making the right choices and taking action.
Go Red For Women needs you to shatter the silence by choosing to Speak Up about heart disease. Be part of the movement, make choices, speak up and spread the word. By sharing this commitment with Go Red For Women, together we can help save lives. Be a part of this extraordinary day.
Our Hearts. Our Choice.
6th Annual Go Red For Women Forum
March 4, 2011
Connecticut Convention Center
100 Columbus Blvd Hartford, CT 06105
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