Dear God, why do you take the good ones so soon? I know I've asked before and I have heard your whispers. I trust you... but it still hurts. Those are my conversations with the big guy whenever he snatches someone so dear that is part of my life. Dear Cindy we will miss you terribly you were one of the really really good ones always doing for others. Our friend Cindy died on Saturday suddenly of a brain aneurysm. I feel it's important to understand what a Brain Aneurysm is because about 3 to 5 million people in the United States have cerebral aneurysms, even though most are not producing any symptoms.
There are several factors that cause brain aneurysms to develop over time. I wanted to bring it front and center because the key ages are between 30 and 60 and those are midlife years. Statistics also show it's more prevalent in women. That's most of us reading this blog and we should try to be proactive if the risk factors pertain to us. If there is family history and you are approaching 40 talk to your doctor. If you have common symptoms talk to your doctor. Let me stress that although they may run in families, people are rarely born with a predisposition for aneurysms. There are certain risk factors that increase with age. Below are some of them from the Mayo Clinic website:
High blood pressure (hypertension)
Hardening of the arteries (arteriosclerosis)
Drug abuse, particularly the use of cocaine
Heavy alcohol consumption
Certain blood infections
Lower estrogen levels after menopause
Just looking at the risk factors show why an alarm should go off for women. The good news is you can get it checked if your doctor recommends you do so, there are a variety of tests. There is also treatment available. For some there is always a fear of the unknown. Many may not have a valid reason to get checked. A healthy lifestyle will help keep a cerebral aneurysm from producing symptoms. Don't smoke, diet and exercise are both key. Limit caffeine, caffeine is a stimulant that can cause a sudden increase in blood pressure. Also avoid straining... like heavy weights, it can cause a sudden increase in blood pressure.
In closing with a heavy heart, prayers to Cindy's family and to all who knew her. She was strong, she was passionate about her faith and her family, she was so very kind and loving. I am a better person for knowing her. She will be deeply missed... God Bless.
Keep looking forward so you don't miss what God puts in front of ya!
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Above image by Smedley Ledbetter