It was 1998 and I had just moved to Louisville, Kentucky, very close to where I grew up as a child. I was returning to my native state to care for my mother who was dying of ovarian cancer and her mother who was bedbound by a stroke. My life had been interrupted and part of me was okay about that and part of me was not. Caregiving can be hard.
The late 1990s were a dark time for me. My mother was in her third round of treatment for a rare form of cancer and her mother, who lived with her, had suffered a debilitating stroke. My job was secure, but an ambitious decision to go to law school at night required me to spend four nights a week in Baltimore.
When was the last time you saw a woman on TV have a heart attack?
Probably never. Only 20% of American women believe they are at risk for heart disease. Society’s view is that heart disease is a man’s disease. That’s what I thought too until I looked down at my own EKG in graduate school (circa 1978) and saw what appeared to be a
It’s definitely not your mother’s public health campaign.
When the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) launched the Heart Truth campaign seven years ago to raise awareness of women’s heart health their partners were your typical patient groups and professional medical societies.