When I started filling out my editorial calendar for April during the last week in March, I struggled with some letters. I had no idea what I was going to write about for some of the letters and resorted to Google for some ideas.
Then, my sister texted me to tell me that my father was in the hospital and he had a heart attack. He is only 45! This is not the call that I expected, but at the same time I can understand why this happened.
First, my dad is a smoker. Smoking increases your risk for heart disease, among other things. My dad has smoked since he was 18, and even though I have tried to talk to him many times about it, he is resistant to quite.
Second, my dad is a diabetic. Diabetes increases your risk for blood clots and heart issues as well. When you add these two things up, it is almost expected that my dad will have at least one heart attack in his life.
Third, my grandfather has had 3 heart attacks, though all of his have been in his older age. Heart disease can be hereditary so this means that even before my dad was diagnosed with diabetes and started smoking he was at an increased risk.
Let’s also add in the fact that my dad doesn’t take care of himself. He eats what he wants, even cake and cookies, and sometimes he will take his insulin and sometimes he won’t. He also doesn’t exercise like he should.
So, you add all this together and my dad is just a ticking time bomb right? It’s just a matter of time before he has another heart attack, among other health issues. The thing is though, he is still young.
This got me thinking about my own health.
Because of my family history now, I am at an increased risk for developing diabetes and heart disease. Heart disease is also the number one killer of both men and women. These are things I cannot change. I cannot change the fact that heart disease is now a part of my family history. I cannot change that my dad had a heart attack at such a young age. I cannot change the fact that I am at risk for having a heart attack at a younger age.
I can change how I take care of myself though. I can eat healthier and workout more. I can set a good example for my kids and my family so they take better care of themselves as they get older.
Many people do not have a wake up call until they have a health scare. I don’t want to get to that point because you never know, your health scare may be too late.
I urge you to take better care of yourself for you and your family so you can set a good example and you can be here longer!
Have you ever had a wake up call related to your health? What happened? How did it change your life?
To see my other posts in the A to Z Challenge, visit my “A” post.