I’ve been so busy preparing for February, now that it’s here, it’s time to sit back and remember what it’s all about. This month is National Heart Month. While I am stroke survivor, I’m still passionate about what it means. Each year the American Heart Association uses this month to make people, especially women, more aware about heart disease. The Go Red for Women Campaign is part of that effort and gets bigger and better each year.
Heart disease is the number one killer in women, not only in my state of West Virginia, but in the nation. Because of that fact, our state chapter has gone above and beyond this year. In fact, I recently had the honor of being photographed in a statewide billboard. I stood with First Lady Gayle Manchin and Secretary of State Betty Ireland. But I was even more honored to stand tall with other heart and stroke survivors. Many of us even told our stories for a special video called “Heart of the Mountains.” It amazed me so much at how many women heart disease touches. Just like my stroke, I learned heart disease also can hit anyone at any stage of their life. I met grandmothers, mothers and even small children, who all survived the disease.
Published On: February 02, 2006