About 8 months ago my daughter suddenly became very sick. We spent a week in the hospital while a team of doctors ran test after test on her. There was a CT scan, an MRI, an EEG and countless blood tests. It was a scary time for all of us. If you’re a parent you know that feeling, and even if you are a parent that hasn’t gone though this experience I know you can imagine how it might feel. The fear, the not knowing, the emotional roller coaster of seeing your child so sick and not being able to do anything about it. There were days I felt like I could barely breathe. And my heart, my heart that is so full of love for this child, there were times I thought it might just stop beating. Every time one of the doctors entered the room, back with new test results, I would hold my breathe and try to calm my racing heart. And each and every time they had no news, and I felt my heart break a little more. It was one of the hardest things I have ever gone through.
My daughter is doing well now. Very well. And I look back at last summer and how much she was suffering, and what a long and winding road it was to get her the help she needed, and it still hurts my heart. But we got through it. And we came out on the other side stronger than ever. It would have been so easy to slip into a black hole during that time and struggle to climb back out. My entire focus was on my daughter and helping her. My own needs seemed insignificant. But I also knew that I had to stay strong or I would be useless to her.
We know, as parents, that putting our child’s needs before our own is just something we instinctively do when they need it the most. We also know that taking care of our own needs is important. We know it, but we don’t always do it, do we? I am thankful that I went into this experience healthy, that my body was strong and capable of not breaking down when I wasn’t paying attention to my own needs. That my heart, that heart that felt like it was taking a beating every day, was up for the fight.
How do you keep your heart healthy? Do you know that cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of women in Canada? Number one. Heart disease is so often thought of as a men’s issue. I know that both of my grandfathers experienced heart attacks. I bet you have a man in your life that has too. And one of the reasons that men more often live to tell their story is that we are more likely to recognize a heart attack in a man and get them quicker treatment.
The good news is that we can change that. There are so many things we can do to strengthen our hearts and keep them healthy. Things like being active, eating healthy, not smoking, limiting our alcohol intake and reducing our stress. There are no substitutions for taking care of your body. But there are things that can help you do that.
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From nutritious shakes to healthy supplements and herbal tinctures, there is an Orange Naturals heart healthy product for everyone. Again, I want to stress that there is just no substitute for taking care of yourself. For eating an overall balanced diet. For getting up and getting active. For knowing your risk factors and doing what you can to minimize them. But the addition of natural, effective products can play an important part in helping you achieve your hearth health goals and give you that little boost when you need it. Some things, like stress, can sneak up on you and knock the wind right out of your sails. My story is the perfect example of that. As much as I might try to keep my stress level under control there are just times when I simply loose that control. It happens to the best of us.
I’d love to hear what you do to keep you and your family heart healthy. Any tips and tricks you’d like to share? Do you have heart disease in your family? What do you do to minimize that risk?
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By the way, after an entire week in the hospital, running test after test and being seen by a team of doctors it wasn’t until we consulted with a naturopathic doctor that we were finally able to get our very sick little girl diagnosed and treated and back on the road to being the happy and healthy four year old she is today.
Disclosure: I am part of the Orange Naturals Mom Ambassador Program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.