I had a unique story to tell at the "Go Red For Women Luncheon" in Longview this year. As Emcee, I really thought hard on how I was going to empower women to be proactive about heart and stroke health.
But the truth of the matter was, the people who inspired me to do that for myself, were a couple of men!
My father, a type two diabetic, and my grandfather, who passed away in 2015 after battling 10+ years of heart disease.
I told the crowd of 600 beautiful women, "I'll never forget hearing my mother tell me my grandfather suffered a serious heart attack while I was walking home from seventh grade. I'll also never forget when my father's doctor told him he wouldn't live to see his grandchildren if he didn't start focusing on his heart health." Wow, right?
Lucky for me, my grandpa fought for an entire decade on this earth. As for my father, he has transformed his life and become one of the most physically fit people I know.
He is the reason I push myself to go a little longer on my most difficult hikes. And on a day-to-day basis, he reminds me to stay conscious of what my body is telling me.
Heart disease and stroke know no race, gender, or social class. Mothers, sisters, girlfriends, aunts, besties... Dads, granddads, uncles, brothers... Everyone has a responsibility to stay on top of their health, because someone out there needs you, for as long as they can have you.
If you weren't able to make it to yesterday's luncheon, I have provided a link for you to learn more about this incredible foundation! --> Click here!