This is a sponsored post in collaboration with the American Heart Association; all opinions are entirely my own.
Shortly before we found out we were expecting our first children, Andrew was diagnosed with pre-hypertension, or high blood pressure. It was our first experience with dealing with a potentially serious health condition as a couple. And, to be honest, we weren’t really sure exactly how we dealt with something like this. We tried to make some dietary changes immediately, but we were 20-somethings, with no kids, and we just didn’t make great choices all the time. Andrew was taking the medication prescribed by the doctor, but we weren’t doing great with the other recommendations for lifestyle changes.
Then, we found out were were expecting our first child. It was something about that moment that really kick started our journey into making the necessary lifestyle changes. Andrew was adamant in making sure he did everything he could to live the longest life possible with his girls. And he did. We made a lot of dietary and life changes, like exercising, and now, today, he no longer has this as a diagnosis. He’s no long on medication either. We do regularly see a physician to ensure that he doesn’t need to revisit a new plan. He has maintained the lifestyle changes throughout the years.
Through everything, and looking back now, I do wish that we had more of a support system in the beginning. I always think of what may have happened if we didn’t find out we were expecting. What if years went by before we had a child. One thing that I know would have helped was having a support network to talk to, ask question, and learn from.
Thankfully now, people do.
The American Heart Association introduces The Support Network. A system that provides both human connection and health resources for people with heart disease and stroke, including caregivers. It’s for adults who are survivors and/or caregivers of heart disease, stroke, rehab & recovery, emotional well-being, atrial fibrillation, venous thromboembolism, peripheral artery disease (PAD), congenital heart defects, etc.
There are approximately 117,000 members already in the Support Network all sharing their experiences and receiving guidance. They help to provide support during challenging times, allow you to share your story, and ask questions. You’re able to Engage. Encourage. Inform. Support. It’s a great place to get emotional support where other truly care and share. Signing up is FREE, easy, and secure. There are no membership fees ever!