About Me, Just a little anyway.

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Hello World Wide Web! My name is Heidi.

I have created this site for many different reasons. Like some of you I have lived a roller coaster life. I as a child up to age 7 was just a tiny little thing who was afflicted with horrible tonsils and adenoids. At the age of 7 I had surgery to remove these buggers (first surgery caused a tear to a vein in my nose, which after about an hour of bleeding, led to a 2nd surgery). The best part of the whole event was that once I was able to tolerate foods I could eat all the Popsicles and Ice Cream I wanted (hip hip hooray).

Thus began my life long journey of being overweight.

I’m now 52 and have a laundry list of Health issues that I’m working with and attempting to change. It is becoming increasingly more understandable as I study and learn about the afflictions I’ve been diagnosed with, that not only myself but 1000’s of people around the globe are struggling with on a daily basis, the symbiotic relationship of these issues.

So let’s take this walk together, join me won’t you? If there is something I’m missing or that you can add do it! In the meantime Welcome one and All.

 

Update on ‘Polio-Like’ Virus AFM

Hello All. This is a quick link from Huffington Post regarding Acute Flaccid Myelitis https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/acute-flaccid-myelitis-cases-rise_us_5bfd4990e4b0eb6d9313cc04

It is higher this year than last and it only seems to affect young children. Colorado has the highest cases, so be on the lookout parents.

 

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Have you heard about the ‘Lady Killer’?

Hello one and all- Happy November! I know the calendar still says it is autumn, however I’d say winter is here with snow and temps in the mid to upper 20’s and some lucky areas in the 30’s. When I woke yesterday and saw the blanket of white accumulation I was awed by the beauty of it. Snow does seem to make life a little more tranquil I think…that is unless you have to go out into it. Okay enough about the weather.

Today lets talk about the ‘Lady Killer’ as described by Jennifer Hudson in the public service announcement that airs on t.v. occasionally, HEART DISEASE.

This health crisis affects both men and women but is often missed by women and their doctors, who don’t recognize the symptoms they are experiencing as being those of heart disease since these symptoms can often be explained away as something less critical, since they mirror those of other health issues that are more minor. The reality though is that in both men and women Heart disease causes more deaths annually then all cancers combined. According to the American Heart Association (AHA) 398,035 women die each year in the U.S., that breaks down to one woman every minute of everyday the year who dies!

Coronary Artery Disease (CAD), better known as hardening of the Arteries, caused by buildup of plaque within blood vessels that stick to and harden along the walls of arteries. Symptoms of CAD are more generally known and followed up on for men, however women can often experience different symptoms that are frequently attributed to a more minor condition and thus are overlooked.

Symptoms women need to look for

  • Gut pain that seems like indigestion
  • Rapidly occurring fatigue/weakness
  • Throat pain
  • A feeling of tightness in your jaw

It is important to familiarise yourself with Heart Health Facts. Our heart is the hardest working muscle in our bodies and we as a whole need to treat it as such. As has been said for generations ‘An ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure.’ Listen to your heart.

I hope this finds each of you doing as well as you can be. I’m sending each of you my wishes that today has been and is a great day and that your tomorrow is even better.

‘Til next time

~Heidi

October-Think Pink!!!!!

Think Pink!

© Ember Griswold

Published: October 2015

Each month be sure to check your breasts,
To ensure there aren’t any unwanted guests.

Cancer’s next victim I will not be,
Checking yourself is the key.

Lumps and bumps I hope not to find,
Terrible tricks cancer plays on the mind.

A doctor’s visit once a year,
Will help to be sure you’re in the clear.

The battle with cancer many have lost,
Not checking monthly isn’t worth the cost.

October we celebrate those who fought and won,
And searching for a cure is never done.

You could be next if you don’t stop and think,
October…breast cancer awareness…yes…I will think pink!

Source: https://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/think-pink

Childhood Abuse and Adulthood Effects

As I spoke about earlier October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

*********Please be aware this subject material may be a trigger to some************

Recently the title of an article in the Everyday Health newsletter I receive daily caught my eye “Childhood Abuse Raises Risk of Adult Osteoarthritis”. This drew me to it because I have been diagnosed with Osteoarthritis as well as Rheumatoid Arthritis/Disease, and growing up I experienced many different forms of abuse, physical, emotional, verbal and I witnessed the brutal abuse that was my parents marriage. So I decided to delve into this further.

Turns out that there have been a few studies surrounding Childhood abuse and the impacts that can affect an individual as an adult. I think one of the most considered effects is to the mind, an adult who survives an abusive childhood is likely to experience low self esteem, indecisiveness, an inability to control their temper and may often lash out. Additionally this adult survivor may experience a larger propensity for intimate relationship battles. One may also develop severe anxiety, depression and for some posttraumatic stress disorder.

Personally I’m a textbook example of an adult survivor, I have minimal self esteem, I have always been self deprecating, my marriages were very turbulent with the 2nd being the worst, I’ve been diagnosed with depression, and when my children and I were living in a transitional housing program after we lost our home to foreclosure, I through working with a therapist for the first time ever (I was at the time 45), was able to realize just how the occurances of abuse I experienced and witnessed as a child, were still affecting my everyday life on a mental level.

Now in my recent exploration of this topic I have also seen what could be yet another link to the reason for the issues I face to this day as far as my health is concerned. In addition to mental/emotional health, are my physical issues also a result of my childhood experience? A handful of non-clinical research suggests that there may be a link.

During the past few decades, researchers have demonstrated how trauma early in life can strongly impact and potentially trigger the development of chronic illness. In addition to mental illness, victims of child abuse are more susceptible to developing allergies and asthma, autoimmune disorders, osteoarthritis, cardiovascular disease and metabolic disorders. It has also been suggested that people like me may be at risk of dying younger secondary to the chronic effects of inflammation. Several specific characteristics occur more frequently in victims of childhood abuse and might influence the development of chronic illness. These include poor sleep quality, elevated perceived stress, high body weight and small social networks. These factors have all been demonstrated to increase inflammation in victims of childhood abuse compared with non victims.

Of course I am not telling you that these are the reasons you and I may have the illness struggles we have, I’m simply asking is it related?

What do you think? I look forward to your answers in the comments.

‘Til next time I hope you are having the greatest day possible and that your tomorrow is even better.

~Heidi

P.S. If you or someone you know are experiencing any form of domestic violence please contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE(7233) and 1-800-787-3244 (TTY)

 

‘Polio-Like’ Illness Occurrences on the Rise

*First off I want to emphasise that the following content is informational only. I am not intending to cause panic, I’m just sharing information that could be relevant to some of you.*

Acute flaccid myelitis- Affects the nervous system, specifically the area of the spinal cord called the gray matter causing the muscles and reflexes to weaken.

  • Acute- Describing a disease that consists of an onset of symptoms of short duration, that is rapidly progressing and needs urgent care.
  • Flaccid- Lacking normal muscle tone, such as can occur with neuritis, poliomyelitis and stroke paralysis.
  • Myelitis- Inflammation of the spinal cord or bone marrow.

This condition has been seen before but rarely, that is until 2014, which is when the disease occurrence started to rise. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that less than 1 in one million people will contract AFM every year. The recent cases reported to the CDC have mostly affected children.

The Colorado Department of Health and Environment announced that 14 cases of AFM have occured in the state this year. Six cases of AFM were diagnosed in Minnesota (a state that may see a case less than once a year). On October 9th, a hospital in Pittsburgh confirmed that 3 children were currently being treated for suspected AFM. October 10th, the Illinois Department of Public Health received recent reports that 9 children had been diagnosed with the condition. As a whole this year there have been 38 cases in 16 states reported thus far. Over the last four year period more than 350 cases have been reported within the United States.

What to look for symptom wise…

AFM affects the nervous system and causes muscle weakness, particularly in the legs and arms, along with a loss of muscle tone and reflexes. Additionally symptoms could include facial drooping, difficulty moving the eyes, swallowing and slurred speech and (potentially) the ability to breath may be impacted.

The cause of AFM and the reason for the increase of cases since 2014 is unknown, yet some cases coincide with an outbreak of a respiratory illness related to an enterovirus D68 outbreak in 2014, actually AFM may have a variety of causes including viruses such as poliovirus and enteroviruses, environmental toxins and even a genetic disorder, no one knows for certain.

Information for this post based on articles covered and written in LiveScience.

Ok all done with that. I truly hope that each of you are having the greatest day possible today and that your tomorrow is even better. ‘Til next time I am interested in your thoughts on this or any other area you would like to discuss, just let me know in the comments.

Thanks

~Heidi~