Friday, February 5, 2010

Matters of the Heart

Children's Valentine in somewhat questionable ...Image via Wikipedia

February is American Heart Month. This month gives us lots of different ways to celebrate and honor matters of the heart. On the first is Women's Heart Health Day. We have National Wear Red Day, today, Feb. 5, which brings awareness to the Number #1 disease of women, heart disease and Valentine's Day on the 14th.

I attended a luncheon yesterday and the speakers were doctors and representatives from a local clinic that specialize in women's health issues. It was interesting that what they talked about initially was mammograms and the HPV virus. However, when someone asked the question about other diseases that women should be concerned about, the presenter then stated that heart disease was the number one killer of women, not breast cancer. That being the case, why is so much emphasis put on breast cancer rather than heart disease? Don't get me wrong, they are both very serious. I just think that women need to be educated equally on all their risks.

I think the problem with most women is that we are so very busy with family, jobs/businesses, etc. that we tend to ignore our aches and pains. We tolerate more when we should. We should be more aware of what our bodies are telling us, which was the message of one of the presenters. Be aware of changes and seek help if it's something out of the ordinary.

In the past six months I have had two women acquaintances, both in their 40s to pass away. One from complications of what may have been swine flu which developed into phneumoneon. The other colon cancer. And just recently I learned another friend and business associate has been diagnoised with HER2 Stage T-III cancer. So I guess my musing for this blog is take the time to take care of yourself, because you can't take care of anyone else if you're not well. Get regular check ups and not just the pap smear check up, but a complete physical.

And the other part of my musing, let the people who matter most to you, know how much you care. You never know when you won't have that opportunity.

Rather than list all the holidays for February, here are a list of websites that I have discovered that offer listings of just about every holiday and observance imaginable. Also, I do post, almost daily, on Facebook various holidays at 'We Have a Card for That.' Hope you will become a Fan.

Holiday Insights
Web Holidays
Earth Calendar
Wellcat - Quirky Holidays

Celebrate the lives of those you love Everyday! Show them you care. Send them a
H.U. G. - A Heartfelt Greeting.

In gratitude,
Painted Lady Enterprises
"Helping You and Your Business Look Good"


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