Updated: Jun 30, 2020
People are surprised when they get sick. They think that being diagnosed with an illness is something that happens to other people. I have always known that anyone at any time can get sick. My mother died when she was 32 years old after being diagnosed with colon cancer. She had three babies at the time. When she told others that she did not feel well, they attributed her ill feelings towards being a mom with three small children. We were three, two and one when my mom died. I wish I knew her. She was an exceptional woman. She skipped a few grades, received a Master’s degree, taught school and travelled the world before getting married. When I was approaching my fiftieth birthday, I wanted to celebrate in a big way. I was feeling so blessed to reach 50 as a healthy woman. I decided to participate in a sprint triathlon to celebrate. My goal was to cross the finish line. Three years after I completed the triathlon, I had a stroke. That’s right a stroke! Fortunately, I recovered. Having a stroke really puts things in perspective. Did you know that 1 in 4 people worldwide experience a stroke? When you are sick, you can’t take care of your family. You can’t help your co-workers. You can’t be there for your spouse and you can’t enjoy life. No amount of money can buy good health. At the end of the day, ask yourself these questions. Did I put healthy food into my body today? Did I manage my stress? Did I enjoy and treasure each moment of the day? Did I take care of myself?
If you don’t take care of yourself, who will? Please take care of yourself!
World Stroke Day is October 29th