Friday, May 1, 2015

Yet Another Stroke Awareness Month

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 think that stroke is where cancer was. Stroke doesn't have it's own color or as many reminders about it on TV or in magazines. But it's getting there.

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.

They are.

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.

Our month.




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1 comment:

  1. thanks for what you do to promote Stroke Awareness. i don't smoke, but i'm guilty of just about all the other bad behavior that puts me at risk. It’s also the third-leading cause of death in Georgia, which is located in the heart of the “Stroke Belt.” In Atlanta alone, 41 percent of all adults have a family member who has had a stroke. my grand dad died from a stroke in 1962 when he was just 49, and only a few months before i was born. even with all that, i never really considered it a personal threat. but because of you and your story, i made myself familiar with the signs and have told people to call 911 and have me taken to Grady Health here in Atlanta if i ever have a stroke because of their Marcus Stroke & Neuroscience Center. i am not a hypochondriac. if anything, i tend to ignore things i shouldn't, but Stroke is a very real possibility for me and there's good sense in taking precautions against the worst possible scenario. and if there is no Ribbon or Color for Stroke, then create one. as a celebrity, you're in a good position to lead the charge. there's no regulatory board on Awareness collateral; if you create it and spread it around, then that's the official Awareness ribbon and color. Own it Mr. McEwen! maybe you could make it Black and White and we could kill two birds with one stone! i'll be the first to buy a ribbon!

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