The Ghost of Future Fatness

Like Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, I have just been given a glimpse of what my life could be like if I don't finally get my eating habits under control.  ...more
@AmyGrogan  Thank you so much for the positive reinforcement. You are exactly right about 1 ...more

Attention All Smokers - I'm Sorry for being a Hypocrite!

Smokers of the world, I owe you a huge, fat, f%$#@*! apology. For  years, I was smug. I couldn't understand why smokers would knowingly  "take 7 minutes off their life" with every cigarette. I  arrogantly smirked at the stupidity of spending  thousands of dollars on a habit that would  eventually kill you. ...more
@Only-Mama  Awww...thank you. I am all about "Let's be honest" because I feel that we grow up ...more

Michael Clarke Duncan: The Real Tragedy Behind His Death

Actor Michael Clarke Duncan’s sudden and untimely death is a huge tragedy for many reasons but what is most disturbing is that his premature death at the age of 54 could have possibly been prevented by early detection. ...more

High Cholesterol at Any Age: The Genetic Disorder Behind My Early Heart Attack

I was out for dinner with friends one day when I unexpectedly began to feel faint. I became hot and started sweating profusely and my chest swelled with pressure.  I was only 40 and thought this might be a hormonal issue because I recently had a hysterectomy, so the following morning I went to my OBGYN. She gave me an EKG test and told me that I had a heart attack the night before. It was incredible! So incredible that my cardiologist didn’t want to believe it....more

Endurance

I don't sleep well at night, never have.  I did experience a time not too long ago,  when I did fall asleep at 11:00 PM and stay asleep until 6:00 AM.  I'm newly retired, I live far away from the daily stress I used to endure so I should be fine right?  I'm tired today, tired and trying to endure the fatigue that washed over me like a downpour of rain.  I must persevere though to endure.  I have the strength within my heart to make it, I just have to believe.  I feel like my heart and body betrayed me when I had my heart attack.  I still feel that way...more
"Weight that sticks to your ribs" - those words resonated with me because I've been working on ...more

When Your Spouse Has Cancer

Heart Attacks at the Heart Attack Grill: Fast Food and Bad Decisions

Editor's update: ABC News reports that a second person has suffered a heart attack at the Heart Attack Grill this past weekend. The woman is recovering after "eating a double bypass burger, smoking cigarettes and having a margarita," according to ABC. -- Julie ...more
8,000-calorie burger? No thanks! People really need to be better informed on the impact fast ...more

7 Things Every Happy Heart Knows

We've been giving special attention to heart health this month. Last week we spoke with Dr. Herbert Insel, clinical instructor in medicine at New York University School of Medicine and senior cardiologist at EHE International, to get you a quick overview of how to improve your chances. ...more

BlogHer Talks to Gordon Tomaselli, President of the American Heart Association

I was fortunate to interview Dr. Gordon Tomaselli, the president of the American Heart Association so he could tell the women of BlogHer about this important program and other steps that will lead to heart health. We're surrounded by hearts in February anyway, but this message will last a lot longer and provide far greater benefits than a box of chocolates. ...more
 @Jane Collins Also, I facebooked your post on two separate accounts, mine and my daughters.  I ...more