Monday, February 28, 2011
After receiving a wake-up call at my yearly well woman exam, I decided that I had some tough decisions to make. Faced with turning thirty this year, I have been in deep thought about my life thus far and ultimately what type of example I want to be for my daughter. How will I make her aware of all the inevitable health disparities of our ethnicity? Most importantly, how will I teach her to overcome these pitfalls?
I found myself overwhelmed with sadness at the thought of my daughter being filled with fear and uncertainty if something were to happen to me. Because she is my heart, the choice was obvious. Taking care of me would be the best way to teach her the way to a healthy heart.
I have rededicated myself to regular exercise and changing my eating habits. Because every journey is tough in the beginning, I leave little love notes to myself and pictures of my inspiration (my precious daughter and her beautiful smile), to keep me aware.
My challenge to all who read this: What have you done for your heart lately?
Nikki Hall-Branch is a communications coordinator at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth.