At thirty-one years old, I felt on top of the world. I had a great job, bought a new house, and just asked my girlfriend to marry me. I felt in the best shape of my life. I ran marathons, mini marathons, and ate healthy.
On April 1, 2004, I suffered a major stroke. I couldn’t speak and was paralyzed on the right side. I was determined to walk again, regain movement and my speech. I worked hard for about a year, doing inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation. My goal was to walk at my wedding. A few months after the stroke, I started speaking clearly again. The movement of my arms and legs took a longer time. I started in a wheelchair, made my way to a walker, and than a cane. Today, I am walking with only a slight limp and without any assistance.
I realized I had committed suicide without knowing. I thought I had everything, but I didn’t have the one thing that I absolutely needed, a family doctor. I had a headache for three months, but I chose to ignore my body. I was running non-stop with hardly any sleep. I may have been able to avoid this had I visited a family doctor for a check-up. The cerebral hemorrhage and stroke could have been avoided if I had listened to my body earlier and gone to the doctor or hospital.
June is Men’s Health Month. I realize that healthy is not just eating healthy and exercising. There are other things that need to be done to help protect your over all health.
Everyone (especially men) should:
- Find a general practitioner
- Visit the doctor regularly
- Listen to your body
- Get the proper amount of sleep
Take Brady’s advice: eat healthy foods, exercise, listen to your body, get enough sleep, and visit your doctor regularly!