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Thursday Thinking by YoTrip for May 24, 2012 -Strokes Can Kill (Guest Post-Roger Caldwell)


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US Navy 070919-N-6278K-106 Laura Seris, a registered nurse and Project Hope volunteer attached to Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), takes a blood pressure reading from a patient (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 Today as  we highlight  Stroke Awareness Month, I yield my blog post to my friend and fellow blogger,   Mr.Roger Caldwell. As a stroke survivor, Roger is very knowledgeable about strokes and how to deal with the after effects of a stroke.  Roger is also the   Orlando Renaissance Writer’s Guild 2012 “Writer of The Year” 

Strokes Can Kill

By Roger Caldwell

As we come to the end of stroke awareness month, there is still a crisis with Brown and Black people around the world with hypertension and high blood pressure. There is limited research, educational studies, medical conferences, and funding directed to ascertain the fundamental core reasons why these two cultures have this problem. Many experts believe our lifestyles, our diet, and our economic status in the world contribute to our lack of healthy choices.

In the African American community, 1 out of 2 or 50% of the people in our culture have   hypertension. There are other chronic diseases in our community such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease, obesity, and a myriad of other complications that make our culture the sickest in America.

Every 45 second in America someone has a stroke. Every 3 minutes someone dies of a stroke. Strokes are the second leading cause of death in America, and the number one cause of long-term disability. The reason that I have studied and read up on strokes is because I am a stroke survivor who was devastated and debilitated by a stroke eight years ago.

I spent three days in ICU and when I became conscious, I realized I was paralyzed, I could barely talk, and I could not walk. I spent 7 weeks in the hospital, and when I left, I was in a wheelchair, and my left side was paralyzed. My story is in my book entitled, “The Inspiring Journey of a Stroke Survivor.”

There is nothing magical or mythical about strokes. When you don’t take your blood pressure on a monthly basis, you put yourself at risk as you get older. I believe the key to improving health disparities in the African-American community starts with proper food, diet, and exercise. To move our community forward, we must began to improve our lifestyle by going to the doctor, stop drinking alcohol, stop smoking, stop using illegal drugs, and lower obesity.

Everyone is at risk for a stroke. It does not matter your ethnicity, or how much money you have in the bank. At anytime or age, you can be devastated by a stroke, which would dramatically alter your family and your life. Know your numbers for lowering your blood pressure. Each time you look in the mirror, stroke and blood pressure awareness starts with you.

Roger Caldwell is sixty and is a contributor to all the African-American, Caribbean newspapers in Orlando, and a blog for Orlando Sentinel. He is the owner of a PR/Marketing company, ON Point Media Group, and the father of 3 children, and 1 grandson. For more information on his book or speaking engagements email at Jet38@bellsoth.net. Thank you Yolanda for allowing me to be a guest on your blog.

This month I will highlight and bring awareness to National Stroke Awareness 
Stroke Awareness Month banner

http://www.stroke.org/site/PageNavigator/HOME

Do you want to be inspired and learn how to live triumphantly? Listen to the Dr. Loretta Faith Harris Radio Show on Wednesday’s from 6:30 pm-7:00 pmEST, join us http://www.blogtalkradio.com/lorettafaithharris

Write your Story. Join the Orlando Renaissance Writers Guild. http://www.orwriters.org/ Purchase a copy of the collaborative book an “Anthology

“FOCUS FORWARD in 2012”
Turning Back Is  NOT An Option!
Yolanda Clay Triplett
“YoTrip”
~Words and Thoughts Artist~

“Words the joyful noise of my
mouth, sweet sounds to my ears.The
results of a love affair between
pen and paper, words”

Copyright © 2012 YoTrip-Words and Thoughts 

Thursday Thinking by YoTrip for May 17, 2012-The Facts About Strokes In African-American (Vol.5, Iss.2)


Strokes are not a respecter of any persons color, creed, nationality, or sexual orientation it strikes without warning. In the African-Americans community, the numbers are staggeringly higher than other groups. Know the signs and symptoms to help prevent strokes. You must be your best advocate.

Know the Facts About African Americans and Stroke

Heart disease and stroke are major health risks for all people. But African Americans are at particularly high risk.
Consider this:

  • Blacks have almost twice the risk of first-ever strokes compared to whites.
  • Blacks have higher death rates for stroke compared to whites.
  • The prevalence of high blood pressure in African Americans in the United States is the highest in the world.
  • Among non-Hispanic blacks age 20 and older, 62.9 percent of men and 77.2 percent of women are overweight or obese.
  • In 2001, 27.7 percent of black or African-Americans only, used any tobacco product. Heavy cigarette smoking approximately doubles a person’s risk for stroke when compared to light smokers.
  • Black women have higher prevalence rates of high blood pressure, obesity, physical inactivity and diabetes than white women.

Unlike a stroke, when a TIA occurs, the blood clot resolves itself and there’s no permanent injury. When a stroke occurs and part of your brain dies from lack of blood flow, the part of the body it controls is affected. Strokes can cause paralysis, affect language and vision, and cause other problems.

You Have The Power

The burden of stroke is greater among African Americans than in any other group. In fact, not only do blacks have almost twice the risk of first-ever stroke compared with whites, but blacks 35-54 years old have four times the relative risk for stroke.

But there is hope. You have the power to fight stroke – and win! By following these three simple steps, you can help protect yourself against stroke.

  • Reduce your chances of having a stroke by learning the risk factors and working with your doctor to help reduce your risk.
  • Recognize the warning signs of a stroke. Stroke is a medical emergency. Every second counts!
  • Respond by calling 9-1-1 immediately if you or someone close to you is having warning signs of stroke. Then check the time. When did the first symptom start? You’ll be asked this important question later. http://www.powertoendstroke.org/stroke-african-americans.html
This month I will highlight and bring awareness to National Stroke Awareness 
Stroke Awareness Month banner
http://www.stroke.org/site/PageNavigator/HOME

Do you want to be inspired and learn how to live triumphantly? Listen to the Dr. Loretta Faith Harris Radio Show on Wednesday’s from 6:30 pm-7:00 pmEST, join us http://www.blogtalkradio.com/lorettafaithharris

Write your Story. Join the Orlando Renaissance Writers Guild. http://www.orwriters.org/ Purchase a copy of the collaborative book an “Anthology

“FOCUS FORWARD in 2012″
Turning Back Is  NOT An Option!
Yolanda Clay Triplett
“YoTrip”
~Words and Thoughts Artist~
“Words the joyful noise of my
mouth, sweet sounds to my ears.The
results of a love affair between
pen and paper, words”

Copyright © 2012 YoTrip-Words and Thoughts 

Tuesday Thoughts by YoTrip for March 13,2012-Women in Education (Vol.3, Iss.2)


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Women In Education

Mary Lyon was born on February 28, 1797 in Buckland, Massachusetts. She attended school until she was 13, and got her first job as a teacher while still in her teens. Mary Lyon taught and managed schools in Massachusetts and New Hampshire before establishing Mount Holyoke Female Seminary in 1837, the first college for women. Lyon died in 1849. Educator, religious leader. Born on February 28, 1797, in Buckland, Massachusetts. Mary Lyon was the founder of the first women’s college, which is now known as Mount Holyoke College. http://www.biography.com/people/mary-lyon-9389865

the National Women’s History Month Project focuses on women and this year’s theme is fitting, Women’s Education, Women’s Empowerment”. Find a way and a reason to honor women this month and every day moving forward. For more information on Women’s History Month go to http://www.nwhp.org 

Do you want to be inspired and learn how to live triumphantly? Listen to the Dr. Loretta Faith Harris Radio Show on Wednesday’s from 6:30 pm-7:00 pmEST, join us http://www.blogtalkradio.com/lorettafaithharriss


Write your Story. Join the Orlando Renaissance Writers Guild. http://www.orwriters.org/ Purchase a copy of the collaborative book an “Anthology

“FOCUS FORWARD in 2012″
Turning Back Is  NOT An Option!

Yolanda Clay Triplett
“YoTrip”
~Words and Thoughts Artist~

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