Sherry A. Phillips

Suspense Author

What Rosie O’Donnell’s Heart Attack Can Teach You

Yesterday, we learned that celebrity Rosie O’Donnell suffered a heart attack last week while helping a woman out of her car. Rosie has four children.

From Radaronline:

Rosie O’Donnell had a heart attack and is sharing the news about her frightening medical scare and her treatment.

The 50-year-old wrote about what happened on her blog Rosie.com, explaining that a few hours after helping an “enormous woman struggling to get out of her car,” her body hurt.

“I had an ache in my chest both my arms were sore everything felt bruised,” Rosie wrote but said that she took Bayer Aspirin and did not call 9-1-1 and waited until the next day to go to the cardiologist, where she was told that she had a heart attack and was sent to the hospital where a stent was put in.

“My LAD (Left Anterior Descending Artery) was 99 percent blocked,” she revealed. “They call this type of heart attack the Widow maker I am lucky to be here.”

Rosie cautioned other women to know the symptoms of a heart attack and to please call 9-1-1.

Something similar happened to an acquaintance of my husband’s earlier this year, Andrew Breitbart. However, Andrew was not as fortunate with his heart attack and died much too young at the age of 43. He left behind a wife and four small children who are now growing up without their father.

It was after Andrew’s death that I decided to take up running and a healthier eating plan. I recently joined Weight Watchers to help me lose the weight that was not coming off from running alone.

If this were just about wanting to look better in my clothes, I’m not sure I would stick with it. The real reason I joined Weight Watchers and the reason I roll out of bed every morning and put on my running gear is because of my three children. I don’t want to leave them without a mother because I wouldn’t take care of my health.

I realize there are no guarantees; however, I can control what I decide to put in my body. I can decide whether or not to make my heart and body strong and healthy. Most of the time (though not all) my breakfast and lunch are vegan.

It is also my understanding that Bill Clinton has adopted a completely vegan lifestyle after his heart attack. In fact, he credits it with saving his life.

If you want further inspiration to get off the couch and get moving, read this profile of 80 year old Ironman Triathlete Robert McKeague. He certainly has inspired me to keep going.

BTW, like Rosie, I keep a bottle of Bayer Aspirin in my cabinet, just in case.

It is in our best interest to lose the excess weight, get up off our backsides and get moving to make our bodies healthier.

Getting to wear smaller clothes is just a great side effect!

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