Health Activist Choice! Write about what you want today.
I’ve had time to give a little more thought to the post I wrote for Day 4 — “I write about my health because…” It dawned on me that my recent blood pressure and EKG results were a wake-up call to pay more attention to my health.
Like so many women my age (I’ll be 50 in May), I have spent many years worrying about the health of others. I never had children, but I spent more than 20 years as a caregiver for ill family members. As many of you know from first-hand experience, every day as a caregiver brings potential emergencies and new worries. As my mother and I cared for my grandparents and my father, we became accustomed to closely observing our loved ones for any sign of a health crisis: “Did Grandpa seem to eat less today?” “Nana’s breathing doesn’t sound right.” “They’re forecasting a snowstorm tomorrow. Should we reschedule Daddy’s lung drain for today just in case?”
Now, as a married woman, I gladly learn as much as I can about healthy meals for my husband and my mother. I work at home as a freelance writer, and I make sure I take time to cook from scratch with whole grains and fresh vegetables. I am blessed to have a husband who cares about his health and learns along with me!
Then this month during a routine wellness exam, my doctor told me that she is referring me to a cardiologist because of “depressions” in my EKG reading. True, my heart had been racing and I had occasionally felt lightheaded for several months, but I pushed that aside again and again. It dawned on me that I’ve spent so much time worrying about everyone else’s heart, it never occurred to me to pay attention to my own heart.
One of my favorite Bible verses is “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life” (Proverbs 4:23 (NIV). It frequently passes through my mind each day, and I often find myself meditating on it. It has taken on a more literal meaning lately.
So “I write about my health because…” I want to encourage other people my age and older — especially women — to slow down and become aware of their own health. Take it seriously, and make time to cook good food for yourself, to exercise, rest, whatever you need. Do it for you!
I also write about my health as a form of accountability. I’ve made some commitments to apply what I’ve learned about wellness to my own health. I plan to share my ups and downs, and my successes and failures on my blog. I’m more likely to follow through now that I’ve shared this commitment!
I’ve had my say for Day 7. Won’t you join us at the Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge here http://blog.wegohealth.com/2012/04/07/hawmc-day-7-2/