The heart attack has to be one of the most unwelcome events in life along with cancer. I first met the heart attack when my father-in-law had his big one after eating a couple of cheeseburgers and tossing back a couple of pints of Guinness. I have yet to look at a cheeseburger the same as I used to. Where most see delicious, I see ticket to instant trouble. Guinness has suffered no such ill side-effects in my mind, thank goodness. By the way, my father-in-law survived and recovered with the help of several wonderful cardiologists and a lot of meds.
This event, my family history, and my heart disease have, on more than one occasion and actually several, caused me to ponder my ultimate end. We all have one. No one gets off this planet alive. So, since time is short and the end could occur at literally any moment, what does one do?
I can only share what I have decided to do. I have decided to fight my heart disease and live the best and most meaningful life I can live until my number is up. In so doing, I have chosen life over death from heart disease. I am not unique and not claiming to be so. I have just been blessed because I have been able to witness first-hand the negative outcomes of heart disease and what happens when people refuse to address their reality and their illness and to take care of themselves.
In order to stay in top fighting shape, I eat well, exercise, and take my recommended supplements and statins. I also actively manage my brain. You got it...my brain. I am learning to actively manage my brain so as to reduce and ultimately diminish the triggers of stress, anxiety and anger and their impacts on me. I also manage my personalities. I have to manage my lazy self by making him get on the treadmill, I hold the sweet tooth off from eating every dessert in sight, and I keep the football player in me happy by eating a steak and having a beer or a glass of wine every now and again.
While I know death is down the road, I am doing all I can to make sure it's a long road getting there, because I have a lot of good things to accomplish before I come to the end. I plan on taking care of myself all the while knowing that I could be hit by a bus crossing the street tomorrow.
We can only do what we can now to improve our lives and the lives of those around us. The operative word being now...
Published On: February 22, 2010