Well, here we are at the beginning of another National Stroke Awareness Month. An initial reaction could be to yawn and turn the page, but don't do that.
I remember when I was younger there was this line of thinking that if you touched someone with cancer you might get cancer, too. That sounds ludicrous now, but back then I heard that.
I flew last October and was amazed to see how much has transpired since then. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, as you know, and everything on the jet was pink.
The interior, the cups, even the flight attendant's dresses were pink. Pink is Breast Cancer Awareness' color and it seemed to be everywhere. Not only on that plane but when you turned on your television, pink ties, pink outfits, and that pink ribbon, were everywhere. All of this can be summed up in the phrase, "We've come a long way, baby." I bet survivors get inspiration because so many people give them hope.
I say two things.
One, is that having had one, I wouldn't wish a stroke on my worst enemy. It's that bad. And two, we need to make more people aware of how to avoid that path. It's a path you don't want to go down, believe me.
You know the drill, exercise, eat healthy, don't smoke, lose weight, don't drink to excess, control your high blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol... All of them good things and things you sometimes forget about until it's too late in the ball game. This month is how to prevent a stroke and how to live after you've had one. It shines a spotlight on things to avoid, and things to be drawn to. And it's also a source of hope and inspiration to people who've survived stroke.
And while we're talking let's give a a shout out to the caregivers. They're the ones who help us, big time. We wouldn't be here without you. You've heard me call them angels.
There's more but that's pretty much the gist for this month.
I can't wait until you turn on the box and see our ties, our outfits, our 'ribbons.' When you have lots of 5k runs to help promote stroke awareness. When you see bumper stickers like the ones that say "Save the ta-tas." When people everywhere know exactly what to do to help avoid stroke. When you have people everywhere knowing the signs of stroke. When you have more people surviving a stroke instead of dying from one.
A guy can dream.
May is National Stroke Awareness Month.
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