Blogging with My Heart

I’m asking a special favor of you today. It will only take a minute. Literally.

For just one minute, I’d like you to sit back, close your eyes, and think about all of the influential women in your life, past and present, those who have loved you, taken care of you, taught you, supported you, and inspired you throughout your life. Let your mind’s eye see their images: the wisdom and compassion in their expressions, the laugh lines around their eyes, the joyful glow that lights from within. Think about the powerful effect these women had on your life and what your life might have been like without their positive influence. (Guys? You are not exempt. Get to it!)

One minute. Sixty little seconds. Go on, I’ll wait…

…If you’re like me, that minute of reflection overflowed with influential women: mothers and grandmothers, sisters, daughters, beloved aunts, teachers, doctors, friends, co-workers, mentors, and maybe even women we don’t know, like athletes and actresses, writers and musicians.  Bloggers even!   (And yes, I do mean YOU!)  We are all richly blessed by the positive influence of women.

The reason I asked you to join me in this one-minute exercise was not only to honor these amazing women, but to also point out something you may not know: In that single minute of reflection, a woman in the U.S. died from cardiovascular disease. A woman who, no doubt, would be counted as someone else’s life-changer.. Mother, sister, mentor, friend–she made a difference in someone’s life. And now she’s gone, one of the 450,000 women–about one every minute–who die each year from heart disease.It’s a sobering statistic, to say the least.

This statistical woman now joins the influential women in my life, and they’re ALL why I’m joining the American Heart Association and fitlosophy, inc. in encouraging you to…

Go Red and Go Red For Women are trademarks of AHA. The Red Dress Design is a trademark of U.S. DHHS.

When you consider the following stats from the Go Red for Women organization, it only makes sense:

  • As mentioned earlier, cardiovascular disease kills approximately 450,000 women each year, about one every minute.
  • While 1 in 30 American women die of breast cancer, about 1 in 3 die from cardiovascular disease.
  • More women die of cardiovascular disease than the next five causes of death combined, including all forms of cancer.
  • Ninety percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.
  • Only 1 in 5 women believe that heart disease is her greatest health threat.
  • Heart disease is largely preventable. In fact, 80 percent of cardiac events in women may be prevented if women make the right choices for their hearts, involving diet, exercise and abstinence from smoking.

What do you get out of it?

  • Research shows that women who “Go Red” are more likely to make healthy choices.
  • More than one-third have lost weight.
  • Nearly 55 percent have increased their exercise.
  • Six out of ten have changed their diets.
  • More than 40 percent have checked their cholesterol levels.
  • One third have talked with their doctors about developing heart health plans. 

Almost anyone who’s reading here is in search of a healthier life. We’re making wiser food choices, we’re exercising, and we’re learning to take better care of ourselves every day. So why not add a little spark to that fire and take yet another minute to explore the Go Red site and check out the available information and programs?

And then share it with every woman you know. YOU can be the difference in someone else’s life!

I’d be honored if you wanted to give a shout-out to any of the influential women in your life–either here, or on your blogs. And maybe give a nudge to your readers to check out the Go Red for Women campaign for themselves.

We CAN make a difference!

Personal note: This post is dedicated to my friend, Kathleen, who died last year of complications of diabetes and heart disease, at the too-young age of 59.



20 thoughts on “Blogging with My Heart

  1. The two most influential women in my life (three but one passed away) are my elderly Jewish amazing aunts.

    90 and 89 years old and they live life with such fearlessness and vitality.

    Heart disease runs in the male side of my family so strongly that its only the past few years Id even begun to think about it and woman.

    Great post Cammy.

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  3. Very poignant post:) I am well aware of these statistics since my dad died suddenly of a heart related problem when he was only 54… putting me at higher risk. I only started exercising in my 30s when I discovered I had high cholesterol, as does every other member of my family… more risk. I have always found it interesting that breast cancer gets so much more attention when many, many more women die from heart disease.

    Thanks for the post.

  4. A wonderful, timely post. I think often, and fondly, of all the extraordinary women (and men) in my life. Thank you for this post.

  5. Thank you for such a great post!
    It hit close to home when i found out last year that i had an almost total blockage in an artery on the top of my right leg.
    First thing the surgeon said "your young to have heart disease". Luckily i had two stents put in and everything is going well.
    It has made me really look at my diet and exercise and other things that affect your heart.
    And yes heart disease runs in my family.

  6. This is a wonderful post filled with good, solid information. I read lynnsweigh.blogspot.com all the time; it was there I found the link to your blog (comment section). Thanks again!

  7. Great post! My influential women:

    1. My mom, who is also one of my best friends. She raised three kids, has been a wonderful wife to my dad, and is a great example of what I'd like to be at her age.

    2. My grandma, who is one of the strongest women I know.

    3. My aunt Alana, who passed away several years ago of ovarian cancer. I've never known a more kind, loving woman than her.

    Thanks for the reminder, Cammy!

  8. What a great post Cammy! Amazing! Yes, women do not realize how deadly this disease is for them!

    I had a lot of great women in my life, nana on my Dad's side, my mom, Aunts & friends and blogger friends! Some are still with me & some not. But thank god for the friends & family still here! And big thx to the blogger friends!

    Thx Cammy!

  9. Great post Cammy. Thank you for participating in a great cause and for sharing your own stories and thoughts.

  10. Great post Cammy – and a great reminder.

    Influential women in my life have been my mother, grandmother, a mentor, and my former boss and current workout partner. :)

  11. Cammy – brilliant post!! And great things to keep in mind. that sure we want to "look good" but becoming a healthier person is really a better result!!

  12. So very important!!!

    My mother is diabetic and the complications are extraordinary.

    I'll be checking this out (these are the "hearts" we need to touch on Valentine'd Day–not the chocolate ones!)

  13. After reading you blog, Your blog is very useful for me .I bookmarked your blog!
    Wishes your valentine day to be joyful!

  14. I am so sorry about your friend. This was such a moving post – thank you so much for bringing attention to this important cause.

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