Sunday, May 24, 2015

NOPW '15

I am late. For NOPW, that is. It is never too late to talk about stroke in young people. People who have no idea that life is about to change. To really change.
Know the classic signs: Face, Arms, Speech and Time—remember the acronym FAST. But do me a favor and look at the National Stroke Association website for a list of symptoms for women.
Before I was hospitalized, I spent the evening being nauseated. Later, I became dizzy and my tongue became numb. Chris says my eyes were misaligned. They still are. I’ve heard other young women talk about similar symptoms. 
The reason NOPW exists is to raise awareness of stroke in young people. So please know the symptoms, both FAST and those from the National Stroke Association.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Mother's Day

There is a book called “I Feel Bad About My Neck”. It was featured on “Oprah” or something a long, long time ago. The title really stuck with me and I wondered if that really was a thing. It is, of course, but the book was written by the same lady as “When Harry Met Sally”, “Sleepless in Seattle” and “You’ve Got Mail”. I’m sure the book’s cutesy, witty and positive, but it’s still a thing.
Aging is a normal part of life, though I have yet to find a wrinkle or a gray hair. Chris on the other hand... 
I hate how women of a certain age are made to feel. Do they have tracheotomy scars or bent necks to feel bad about? Certainly not, but they illustrate how I could’ve been dead, but I’m not. And who among us hasn’t had a near miss or two? Or who doesn’t feel like the 22 year old version of herself? Now to the moms who can’t get back to how they were before, thank you. And happy Mother’s Day.