February is National Heart Month and Friday, Feb. 3, marks National Wear Red Day. In a nutshell, having heart disease and health awareness should be at the forefront of our minds every day, not just during the month of February.
In an effort to keep awareness fresh every day of the year, Central New Yorker Leisha Tedford, a member of the Syracuse Go Red For Women’s Circle of Red, is sharing her personal experience with heart disease. In this way, community members will better understand the importance of staying heart healthy and being mindful of a disease that is the No. 1 cause of death in women.
Together the women of Go Red are bringing a voice to this silent killer to help save lives. A part of the campaign’s initiative is to encourage women to listen to what their hearts are telling them, talk to their doctors, and spread the word to friends and the community about making the right choices and taking action.
Recently Tedford shared her experiences with Syracuse Woman Magazine, the exclusive print media sponsor for the Go Red For Women campaign in Syracuse. Tedford, without a doubt, was the right woman to write a piece for the magazine’s anniversary edition released in early January.
Far from a wanted coincidence, Tedford was admitted to the ER less than two weeks before the magazine went to press in mid-December of 2011. She underwent a quadruple bypass and was in a fight for her life once again.
Because she had just submitted her article at the time, she and the staff at SWM discussed the situation and how this further reiterated the importance of being conscious of one’s heart health. Tedford is making progress every day and will continue making appearances at Go Red events in CNY.
The following are excerpts from her piece featured in the “In Her Own Words” section of Syracuse Woman Magazine: