Bobbie J. Brown was a loving & caring person. She cherished her faith, family, friends, and serving others. She also had a stubborn side when it came to admitting she was feeling under the weather and going to the doctor. Taking a Goody/BC powder and drinking hot tea was her way of healing herself.
In 1997, she was forced by her sisters to go to the hospital. She was admitted into the intensive care unit where she was diagnosed with fluid in both lungs and congestive heart failure, which means that your heart can’t pump enough blood throughout your body, causing blood and fluid to get backed up. There are many causes of congestive heart failure, but in my mom’s case, it was mainly due to her lifestyle. She was overweight, had high blood pressure and high cholesterol, all of which were hard on her heart.
Sadly to say, fourteen years later, On February 8, 2011 and at the age of 59, my mother passed away from the same diagnoses she received in 1997 (fluid on both lungs and congestive heart failure). As a result of her unhealthy lifestyle and wanting to inspire a healthy lifestyle change in adults and children, “Keeping It Moving for Kids Implementing & Developing Solutions, Inc” (K.l.M. 4 K.l.D.S.) was formed. According to the America Heart Association, heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year. That’s approximately one woman every minute! But it doesn’t affect all women alike, and the warning signs for women aren’t the same in men.
Ladies we have work to do! We must work together to educate ourselves and others about heart disease risk factors. Our bodies are temples of the Lord, (1 Corinthians 6:19). We only get one. So let’s take care of them, so that our hearts can smile.
WRITTEN BY: Teresa Guillory
THIS ARTICLE IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY MISS BLACK GEORGIA NAKEIA STALEY FROM THE RED HEART TRUTH CAMPAIGN.