I am teaching myself that i can not control everything in my life that happens around me and to me! My whole life i have always wanted to be in control, i am not one for taking a back seat and not fighting back! This is especially true in regards to my health. I have always prided myself on eating well, exercising, not smoking, and being proactive in my healthcare. However, things are not always in our control as i said in a prior post genetics play a bigger role in our life then anything we do! So with that said i got some surprising news yesterday and felt very angered and sad, until this morning when i realized i can accept this and fight back!
I had a medical report of mine faxed to my cousin whom i am very close with, who is a friend as much as she is family. My cousin also happens to be a doctor, a wonderful, caring, doctor! As it seems all the green tea, all the fruits and veggies i eat, all the running i did for 10 plus years until my car accident, all the proactive things i did to prevent illness, well, i found out i have small blood vessel disease. From what i understand i am in the early stages of atherosclerosis, in other words i am accumulating plaque and inflammation already and over so many years chronic damage can be done that can not be reversed and can cause heart attack and stroke, dementia etc. i am not sure how long this has been present nor how extensive it is. It was a kick in the gut and i realized while yes, i do not eat fast food, my cholesterol is good, i do not have diabetes, and my blood pressure is treated why the hell do i have this. I am actually very young for this to start, usually it starts in your 60’s and above , And then i realized good all genetics! My uncle had his first heart attack in his 30’s my grandmother had heart disease young and had a four way bypass. My sisters, whom are much younger then me already have heart issues. I am angered because i was determined not to share this fate and i fought hard not too, but it is there and i have to work with my doctor to try and reverse or slow down the progression. So what does that entail?
Well more blood pressure control, maybe taking cholesterol meds without high cholesterol, more exercise once i am healed from the car accident, adding more omegas to my diet. I am allergic to nuts, which provide amazing benefits for heart health and brain health, but i can add fish. It is rare that i eat red meat, but maybe cut down on the lean meats, i already drink red wine, thank god,that thins the blood as well as offers protection. I eat tons of fruits, veggies, fiber, so maybe eat more! Drink more green tea and keep taking co Q10 as well as maybe add more fish oil and try to lower stress and follow my doctors orders! And mostly PRAY! I am going to try and enjoy each day i am here esp with kids, and grandkids, and seeing my sisters more! They both share the same fates and then some! Both my sisters are in there 30’s and in there 20’s and present one has fought cancer, both have fought heart issues, one has lupus and diabetes, and one also has chari. My sisters and i have a good relationship and we all know how it feels to be thrown curve balls and kicked in the gut. I hope they too will read this as well as all of you bloggers, live each day, eat well, pray, lower stress, take medication as prescribed, follow your doctors orders, mediate, get a massage, be proactive in your healthcare, and hug your kids, be with your family, play with your grandkids, say i love you, do not live with regret!!!