Women Should Pay Extra Attention to Heart Disease Prevention
It's Mother's Day weekend and I'm pretty much doing what I normally do. My son had a field trip to Cincinnati on Saturday, so instead of taking the chartered bus, we decided to have him drive up with us as a family and take a couple of his friends too. As usual, it was me that woke up at the crack of dawn. I had my coffee, got myself ready then packed the diaper bag, the ice chest, fed the dogs and the cat and organized an "emergency extra clothes etc. bag." As this was going on, my husband, son and baby daughter were all sawing logs. So, after I got everyone up, I went to pick up the two friends, changed a diaper, made a bottle, then packed the car. And now that we were on the road, I realize that the emergency bag I packed for everyone included nothing for me. Isn't that typical? I'm not angry about it, it's just the life of a mother. We take care of everyone around us before we see to ourselves. But this Mother's Day, I want to challenge ALL mothers (myself included) to take a break and relax. Do whatever you want to do and don't feel guilty about it. We deserve one day of that at least don't we? More than anything, I want the mothers out there to make sure they are taking care of their health.
Our local hospital even took steps to make sure mothers got the message this weekend. The American Heart Association sponsored a "Go Red" for Mother's Day event to fight heart disease, the number one killer of women. The event targeted women in the hospital who had just given birth to a child. The new mothers were given information about heart disease, a "Go Red" cookbook, a red rose and a teddy bear for their little one. The goal is to show mothers how important it is to not only love your family, but love your heart.
"We know that heart health starts at home with the mothers, who are the caretakers of the family,” said Judi Nuckolls, Senior Director for the Association in West Virginia. “Mothers buy groceries, prepare meals and make sure the family goes to the doctor and yet so many don’t take time for themselves; this Mother's Day is all about them!”
I know too well how true that is. I wouldn't want it any other way, though. I love taking care of my family. I don't think I would know what to do with myself if I wasn't busy taking care of my children. They depend on me and I'm happy to do it because I know one day, I may depend on them. So while Mother's Day is a celebration of what mothers do for us, it should also be a time when we take care of ourselves and our own mothers.