1. Mary Becker
    February 19, 2019 @ 10:26 pm

    Thanks, Lori for advocating to empower women to recognize the risk factors of heart and stroke disease. Because of our mother’s untimely death from an aneurism at 67, and our history of heart and stroke disease in female relatives over past generations, I was aware of the risks and symptoms of these potential killers. In fact, I dreaded the approach of my 67th birthday, as I had an uncanny sense that I might suffer the same fate as Mom. I had been diagnosed with a Type 2 Diabetes at age 60. I was quite relieved when my birthday came and went and I was “safely” 68. Yearly check-ups at my Physician’s office; a Stress Test two years before; monitoring of my Diabetes and blood pressure; along with a busy lifestyle all dictated that things were just fine. I had been reminded that we all receive our genetic makeup from two parents, so not to worry as heart disease wasn’t prevalent in Dad’s side of the family.

    Then, one afternoon in my 68th year, my husband and I had returned home from a day out. I had driven home from Grimsby and was settling in to relax for the rest of the afternoon. Without warning, I experienced a mild discomfort over my right breast, which lasted for about 5 to 10 minutes, then disappeared. Not to worry, it was likely heart burn, as it was on the right side of my chest. We had dinner, and the mild pain returned, and I commented on this discomfort to my husband and son. Again it soon disappeared, but returned as I was getting ready for bed. Remembering a recent television show on heart disease, the parting message was, for women to seek out medical attention if any symptoms appeared and persisted, that hadn’t been experienced before. Most women have busy lives, and put others before their own interests and concerns. That’s why heart attacks can be so devastating for women, as early warning signs are often ignored. With that in mind, I called my son, and asked him if he would take me to the ER of our local hospital.

    I must admit, I was foolish not to have called an ambulance, but I fully expected to be sent home with medication for heartburn, or acid reflux. Once at the hospital I underwent immediate testing, and within 24 hours was taken by ambulance to Trillium Hospital for the insertion of a stent to remove a 98% blockage in an artery. A 60% blockage in another arterial branch was detected, but not stented at the time. I participated in a Rehab program sponsored through the hospital for 6 months, and now take a regular cocktail of drugs to help prevent another episode.

    I guess my message to all women is, “Listen to your body.” If something feels different, and persists, don’t ignore the warning signs. Denial, can be deadly. The degree as to how much a patient recovers after a heart attack or stroke, depends largely on how quickly medical help has intervened. There can be a wonderful full life afterwards.

    Mary Becker


    • Mary Becker
      February 22, 2019 @ 10:00 pm

      In Canada, we are all so fortunate to be blessed with an excellent Health Care System for diagnosis, treatment and after care. Keep up the great work!


  2. Lori Marshall
    February 20, 2019 @ 8:11 am

    Mary – thanks for adding your own story to mom’s. We are all grateful that you recognized the signs of something not being quite right. Others will learn from you sharing.


  3. Janet L Lala
    February 20, 2019 @ 8:50 pm

    Thank you for sharing, Lori. With such important information, we’re better equipped to care, not only for ourselves, but also for other ladies, if ever needed.
    I’m so glad you were home with Mom that day. It meant a lot to her, and us. With thanks and much love, Jenny.


    • Lori Marshall
      February 21, 2019 @ 8:15 am

      Thanks for your comments Jenny. Mary, you and I are all fortunate to have inherited mom’s “heart.”


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