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Shawna Jones

Facing Stroke in Your 30s...A Personal Account

Posted Friday, October 23, 2009, at 12:06 PM
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  • Shawna,

    Thank you for sharing your story with the t-g readers. Your openness with this may just save a life someday.

    I have followed your story with interest, as many of your health challenges run in my family also. I am continually glued to journals and scientific blogging sites that offer any new insights on autoimmune disorders, fibromyalgia, and others. Truthfully, the interest is more than personal as my academic background is in this area while my professional life focuses on increasing quality of life through exercise, diet, and healthy lifestyle.

    You didn't mention how much exercise you are getting, but I would like to add that regular,moderate intensity (or even low intensity as days demand) improve so many symptoms and possibly even causes of the diseases and conditions that afflict us. Keep in mind that exercise need not be painful in order to be effective nor should it be expensive to obtain a full body workout. Whatever you have at home coupled with your own body weight is almost always enough to see health improvemnets.

    -- Posted by gottago on Fri, Oct 23, 2009, at 1:04 PM
  • Thanks gottago, I've updated the blog to address your points. Eating a healthy diet, excercising regularly...and perhaps even more importantly, getting sufficient sleep...are key in maintaining one's health and overcoming genetic predisposed conditions like diabetes, stroke, heart disease, etc.

    I wish you all the best, and thanks for being a loyal reader.

    P.S. The aunt I mention in the blog who gave me the diabetics work-out video has now lost 59 pounds since first receiving her diagnoses of type II diabetes in January of this year! Her blood sugar levels are now within normal ranges and she does not require medication. She watched my grandmother die of stroke complications and it was enough to "scare her straight."

    -- Posted by shawna.jones on Fri, Oct 23, 2009, at 1:59 PM
  • I'm glad you're doing better,shawna.

    (Thanks,gottago & Shawna's family!)

    I've always preferred water aerobics but I'm reluctant to swim,sauna or hot tub around here because of my skin lesions.

    I'm even reluctant to take tub baths anywhere without a seat,grab bars and/or someone there for backup.

    Showers are fine but I miss being able to immerse myself and doing my imitation of a tea bag.

    Maybe,I'll get one of those walk-in tubs one day-especially if they ever make one that could be done up to fit vintage decor.

    (Yes,I know I'm being shallow to think of appearance rather than function but I can fantasize about "accessible" design that looks as if it came from a coffee table book,right?)

    I wish all new construction would think of "universal design" or accessibility.

    Such measures wouldn't misput "normal" people but,as this blog proves,even young,vital people can have accidents,become ill or have visitors or loved ones with permanent or temporary impairments.

    If every home had wide doorways,low thresholds,easy open knobs and easy to reach cabinents,life would be a lot easier.

    If every public building had some of all its services on the ground floor,it would be a great convenience.

    It couldn't be that much more difficult to design for us "irregulars" so we could age in place and function in a more normal manner.

    If "accessible design" really were universal,that default setting would open things up so much to people who are now excluded that the increased use could more than compensate for any added trouble or expense.

    -- Posted by quantumcat on Thu, Oct 29, 2009, at 12:42 PM
  • -- Posted by quantumcat on Sat, Oct 31, 2009, at 11:33 AM
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