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Supposedly 500,000 women die a year from heart disease...

I read it once, but didn’t believe it.

Then I died on June 6, 2003.

With radiating pain in my upper back, I went to the emergency room. My intuition told me something very unusual was happening. Abnormal EKG's, nitroglycerin administered under my tongue, a lot of blood drawn, tears running down my face, it didn't seem good. About two hours later a cardiologist opened the curtain separating me from the man getting stitches, "You're young and a woman, probably indigestion; you’ll rest better at home." With that I was discharged. A few hours later at home I had a massive coronary and died.

It wasn’t indigestion.

I have missed a lot since then...

• My oldest daughter and her husband had a baby boy, two years later they had a baby girl.

• My other two daughters graduated college.

• One got married.

• She had two baby girls.

• I had always planned on being a cool grandma (GaGa)

• My youngest daughter starting teaching. I knew she'd accomplish her goal. I'm sorry she doesn't know how proud I am.

• I missed my anniversary – 33 years of marriage. I wished I had hugged my husband more.

• My mom outlived me. Something that no parent should experience.

• Five reminder cards came in the mail to have a mammogram. The Women’s Breast Cancer center wasn’t notified.

• Oprah ran a special on women’s heart disease. I liked Oprah, I would have missed it. I worked full time.

Real version: Barely conscious I was taken to emergency room the next day.

I needed surgery; I have been given another chance at life.

I am your sister, your mother, your neighbor, the lady you see panting on the treadmill, and yes that is me you see grocery shopping on Saturday morning.

I am Lois Trader, a woman living with heart disease.

I care that I was hours away from being one of the 500,000.

Make It Your Mission to Fight Heart Disease in Women.

Heart Disease is still the No. 1 Killer of women and it has already touched someone you love.

Help Us Save a Woman’s Life Today

COME JOIN US at Go Red CONNECT!

Share your story of why you “Go Red” for a chance to become a Go Red For Women spokesperson.

WHEN: Thursday, February 3, 2011

WHERE: Macy’s South Coast Plaza

Women's, 1st floor

TIME: 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

CONNECT with your heart, with the hearts of those you love, and with the hearts of your community. Talk with other survivors and have fun sharing your story on camera!

RSVP’s welcome

949-885-1525 or goredoc@heart.org

A word from this Heart Health Examiner:

The good news is that heart disease is a problem you can do something about. You have tremendous power to prevent it—and you can start today. By learning about your own personal risk factors and by making healthful changes in your diet, physical activity, and other daily habits, you can greatly reduce your risk of developing heart-related problems. Even if you already have heart disease, you can take steps to lessen its severity. It took me quite awhile to accept, deep down, that I truly can do something about my health... having heart disease is not a death sentence. It's an awesome opportunity to choose wisely, and when I don't... I have a reason to start over again. We all have choices... start with sharing this article with some women you care about. Heart Disease can be prevented or controlled.

Heart Disease is the #1 Killer of American Women and Stroke is the #3. That's way too many of us wearing pink ribbons and thinking our annual mammogram is all we need to be doing!

For those of you who are local - see you at Macy's on Feb 3rd --- I am the MC for the event and will be sharing my personal story!

http://loistrader.com

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