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21/03/2011
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“Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.” Buddha

Three Gifts: Hearts. Awards. Hops... Healing Waters by KAllenKay

Do you know anyone who has had a heart attack or suffers from heart disease? Do you know anyone who suddenly passed away from an attack? Well… I do and I have. My father died suddenly of a massive attack years ago and … I am a survivor. For several years now, I have been a volunteer, spokesperson one year, and huge supporter of the American Heart Association and Go Red for Women group in my area. I have raised money and donated to the cause and whenever possible, I have spoken about my personal experience. You may read my story here. 1 in 3 Women die of heart failure and yet most of us don’t talk about it; like it’s a big secret to hide. Recently, my local chapter asked if I could share an upcoming event with you and I said yes. If you are available, interested in heart health, or simply need information, join in.  One cannot say enough about the gift of life, the gift of friendship, and the gift of enjoying simple things; like a blog hop. 🙂

For More Information on the ✿♡✿Go Red Event, the ✿♡✿Versatile Blogger Award and the ✿♡✿Blog Hop see links below. Your comments and questions are always appreciated. Thank you!

Three Gifts: Hearts. Awards. Hops... a national nutrition month event

Learn “The Facts of Life” about your heart health and how to own your power to live your best life.
Actress, Producer, Filmmaker and Award Winning Director, Kim Fields, joins the line-up of amazing speakers at Westchester/Fairfield’s premier women’s luncheon and educational forum on March 24th.
You’re invited to experience the power of 600+ women coming together for a single purpose – to stop dying from heart disease. Nine out of ten women have at least one risk factor for heart disease. 1 in 3 will die. Your heart is in your hands.
Go Red For Women needs you to shatter the silence by choosing to Speak Up about heart disease.
For More Information:
Go Red facebook
Reservations
American Heart Association

“Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more” Anthony Robbins

Three Gifts: Hearts. Awards. Hops... blogger award

Versatile Blogger Award To You, you and … all of you! See blog names below &  I will add any I forgot asap! 🙂
***To get Image: Right click on the Versatile Blogger image and save the image in your picture files. Then upload the award picture into a blog post; you don’t have to publish the post to get the URL (once you save the image in a blog post, it will give you a URL with your blog name). For your sidebar (for sidebar, go to dashboard, then appearance, click on widgets, then move an image box to your sidebar, copy the URL link from YOUR post and then add that to the image box in your own URL).

My good friend and blogger at The Reason You Come- Beat of My Drum, recently nominated me for a versatile blogger award. I am supposed to share it with 15 bloggers but, since I was the mom who invited all of her kids classmates to birthday parties, I can’t leave anyone out. If I left anyone out, let me know… TY! Stop by later when I have loaded all my awardees as I want to share this with my blogging buddies. UPDATE: Blogs are now listed below and I will add any I missed. You may right click on the award and copy it. Please follow the rules as per below if you wish, or modify it. Thank you Russelle! 🙂
✿♡✿The Versatile Blogger Rules:
1. Thank the person who awarded you and link back to them in your post.
2. Tell 7 Random facts about yourself.
3. Pass the award on to 15 new found bloggers.
4. Contact each blogger you want to pass the award on to and let them know you’ve done so, and let the giver of your award know you accept it... or not. 🙂
Okay, I awarded the versatile blogger award to the following bloggers below. Thank you all for your comments and goodwill. Sorry Russelle, I didn’t go for the seven random facts about me except the big one I shared about my heart story above… enough for now. Feel free, all of you, to pass on the award and I will try to inform you that the award is yours to take and share.  As always, comments are appreciated! Gracias! Merci! Danke! Thanks!

VivianKirkfield.com
ZeroTo60AndBeyond
Life’s A Beach Journal.com
Spirit In The Light Blog
JustaLilLost
Jackie’s PostaDayChallenge2011
MindBeatz
SunilJoseph.net
RosaPicks
1961Girl
RollingCoasters-A Box of Vistas
SoapBird
FlickrComments Blog
The Reason You Come
Suburb Sanity
SoloDialogue
ThroughHerEyesBlog
PassionateAboutPets
NolaGirlAtHeart
MaggieMaes Days
PlaneJaner’s Journey
Cocomino
Hakea
What’s Bugging Me Today
PigletinPortugal
NewDigitalScapes
LesLeeHare
DonnaHuebsch
CeceliaFutch’s Blog
ChuckAndDee
Walk A Mile in My Shoes
LifeBalancedBlog
Debsmansellini Blog
JRRSEHope Coaching
Dreams and Reality
EmpoweredPeace
Giulas41
PhrogMom’s Blog
The BaxterBunny
bwinwnbwimusic
“Born for success he seemed, with grace to win, with heart to hold, with shining gifts that took all eyes” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Three Gifts: Hearts. Awards. Hop... Try a ballet splitleaf hop to our blog hop

Did you join our new Blog Hop last week? It is now a two week hop, so if you didn’t add a post last week, do so now. You can also change what you added for a new post. Read the rules below; ✿♡✿Again, add a post that made you happy or any post you wish to share!✿♡✿

STEPS/RULES: The rules are easy peasy.
♥Add your post to Linky #1,
♥add your fan page/networked blog (if you have one) to Linky #2,
♥leave me a comment or question especially if we haven’t already met,
♥Click on the links above your post & visit as many fellow blogger posts as you wish,
♥comment/like their post, and/or fan their Facebook page/Networked blog,
♥Let them know you’re from our Two Week MeetUp Blog Hop ~ they will return the love
♥and spread the word.
✿♡✿Thank you All!✿♡✿

✿♡✿MeetUp Two Weeks Long Blog Hops -3/14-28✿♡✿
MeetUp Monday-Sunday Two Weeks Long Blog Hop for Blog Posts

MeetUp Monday-Sunday Two Weeks Long Facebook & NetworkedBlogs Blog Hop

Positive Motivation Tip: Life, love and friendship are three valuable gifts; value the gifts you have and share them whenever you can.

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: Photo of Healing Waters Mandala via Keith Allen Kay, Photo of dancer doing the split via Wikipedia.

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

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64 Comments leave one →
  1. 22/03/2011 3:40 am

    Hi,
    You’ve made me stop and think. I did not realise one in three women died of heart problems. My husband had 3 stents put in his heart 3 yrs ago. He is lucky to be alive. He only went in for a routine check up and they discovered a 95% blockage in one artery, 75% and 45% in the other two. He had been climbimg down to a beach the day before…scary! He showed no outward signs of being ill.
    God works in mysterious ways as a persistant little voice in my mind kept telling me to make an appointment for Mr P, and although he tried to squirm out of it…I made him go!
    I hope the lunch goes well 🙂
    Kind regards
    PiP

  2. 22/03/2011 4:05 am

    Thanks for your comment PiP! Your story is also one that women share about themselves too. Even when my heart was failing, I had no clue and thought it was stress. Fortunately, like you did for your hubby, I kept getting that niggling feeling to seek help and get a 2nd and 3rd opinion.
    Thanks for your feedback and if this helps one person get a check-up then I’m grateful. 🙂
    Enjoy the Versatile Award.
    Eliz

    • 22/03/2011 4:19 am

      Whoops I forgot about the award…:oops: I was thinking of sad times.
      Just looked at the list…I’m not sure I can find 15 😳 you have already listed many of the ones I would have chosen…does that eliminate me?
      Cheers
      PiP

      • 22/03/2011 4:46 am

        No, you can give it to the same people… no worries at all. Honestly, you can modify the rules too. 🙂 Thanks again! Eliz

    • 22/03/2011 4:20 am

      thanks for the award…muita obrigada 🙂

  3. 22/03/2011 6:09 am

    Thanks for the award.

  4. 22/03/2011 8:31 am

    Thank you for the award Elizabeth! I feel honored to be surrounded by such illustrious fellow bloggers, and have discovered some new blogs I need to follow from your list.

    ~RJ

    • 23/03/2011 6:32 am

      The sentiments are mutual. I have enjoyed wonderful exchanges with all listed and I’ve never felt comfortable just picking a few people for something all will enjoy. Share it with your other blogger friends. 🙂
      Thank you,
      Eliz

  5. 22/03/2011 8:32 am

    Awww thanks for the award!! 🙂

    • 23/03/2011 6:33 am

      You are welcome and do share it and enjoy it. 🙂
      Thank you,
      Eliz

  6. 22/03/2011 10:06 am

    Thanks for the award…and the blog re: heart health. My youngest brother died of sudden cardiac arrest at the age of 48, and there is a history of heart problems in my family, so this is a subject near and dear to my “heart.” Thank you.
    Cecelia

    • 23/03/2011 6:35 am

      I’m sorry to read about your brother and grateful that this resonates with you too. Thank you for sharing your story. That history is a silent killer of sorts; often regardless of our lifestyles. Thank God for mercies… 🙂
      Eliz

  7. 22/03/2011 10:08 am

    Wow Elizabeth! That was a frightening story. I’m so glad you persisted until they found out what was wrong. My friend had a scare last fall. She had a cold and it seemed to hang on for weeks. She was afraid it was turning into bronchitis because she was having bouts of shortness of breath. Then she began to get twinges in her shoulder. (symptoms are so different for women and we need to know this.) She ended up in the hospital w/ a 90% blockage in her primary artery. They put in a stint and she is doing great right now. So glad both of you got the help and treatment needed!

    As for the award… I am very honored. I must decline or defer for now due to time constraints. Thank you so much for including me.
    xob

    • 23/03/2011 6:38 am

      Yes and it is remarkable that these stories abound… We need more word on the subtle, insidious ways it kills women. I hesitated to do this because it is not my way… But I felt deep inside that if it helps one person, then I have done my job… Thank you! 🙂
      Oh no worries about the award… use it when you have a minute; no rush 🙂
      Eliz

  8. 22/03/2011 10:28 am

    Eliz…you are like a bottomless well of goodness and knowledge and experience…we who read your posts are fortunate indeed. 🙂
    First of all, thank you SO much for the kudos…I will definitely try to pass the award along…I’m going to visit my daughter in NH at the end of the week :), pulled my back out Sunday afternoon and can’t move or sit as I would like :(, and am already feeling overwhelmed by all I have to do to get me ready for the trip and my husband ready for me not to be here. 🙂

    Regarding heart disease…THANK YOU!!!! I know the information you provided will help many. My husband had his first heart attack at age 36…we had three small children…it was a scary time…but we got through it and grew stronger. He’s had 3 more since then, but is still hanging in there…fly-fishing when he can and painting every day…the latter is a new hobby he discoverred two years ago…we all have undiscovered talents and strengths. 🙂

    • 23/03/2011 6:39 am

      You’re the best too Viv and i send you healing light for a speedy recovery… Thanks again for the feedback. We all have either a personal tale with HD or know someone affected by it… I appreciate your share. 🙂
      Thank you,
      Eliz

  9. 22/03/2011 10:41 am

    What a story…and so thankful for knowledge and good care.

    thanks for the shout out with the VBA! 🙂
    blessings and best–
    jane

    • 23/03/2011 6:40 am

      Thank you so much Jane… I appreciate your comment and goodwill. 🙂
      Blessing too,
      Eliz

  10. 22/03/2011 11:26 am

    To have been given an award by such an amazing and inspiring blogger makes me feel like I won an Oscar or something. Thanks Elizabeth!

    • 23/03/2011 6:42 am

      Thank you too Dee! I love visiting your blog and I felt you would appreciate it… Thanks for making me smile when I visit your posts. 🙂
      Eliz

  11. 22/03/2011 1:30 pm

    Thanks, Eliz. I accepted the VBA and awarded it to “those bloggers who strive to share the BEST parts of themselves with the world ~ through humor, wisdom, compassion, inspiration, and words of encouragement.”

    http://nrhatch.wordpress.com/2011/03/22/the-versatile-blogger-award/

    You rock!

    • 23/03/2011 6:44 am

      Thank you Nancy for your kind comment… and I admire your speed at handling these things. You are the BEST too! Love it 🙂
      I am still catching up with backlogged comments and will visit soon. I promise as I love catching up on posts and such. 🙂
      Merci,
      Eliz

  12. 22/03/2011 4:44 pm

    So sorry for the loss of your father and to have a mom who never quite recovered cannot be anything less that hugely stressful. I find that the love of your child can be of so much great comfort in a time of stress.

    But then on top of all that to go through the major surgery, recover and get to this place that we are today? That is some amazing stamina and outlook. I knew you were amazing but to learn these bits about you each time I come here is so inspiring. Truly, I admire you.

    I, too, have a bit of a heart issue – nothing like you – but I have an extra heartbeat (electrical impulse) that if it exacerbates could someday cause an enlarged heart (after all the heart is a muscle) which could cut short my life expectancy. I am self-monitored without medications currently because it actually improved when I was pregnant and after I gave birth! Very strange!

    Thank you for including me in the Versatile Blogger Award. I am honored and humbled. ((Hugs))

    • 23/03/2011 6:47 am

      Oh Karen,
      Thank you very much… your comment brought tears to my eyes and then I remember how much you give of yourself too… I’m grateful for life, for my children and more. I am also glad you are attentive to your heart and watch it carefully… I still do.
      Enjoy the award and share it with others who visit your blog… More later. 🙂
      Thank you,
      Eliz

  13. 22/03/2011 5:30 pm

    I enjoy your blog. Your photos are beautiful and your topics resonate with my personal path of sharing wisdom around health.

    • 23/03/2011 6:55 am

      Thank you Nancy for your comment and visit.
      I appreciate matters of the heart and health and though I don’t write on health as much, it is always on my mind. Do you have a health blog?
      I will return the visit shortly. 🙂
      Elizabeth

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    22/03/2011 6:18 pm

    This very helpful information for all especially for women. Good things come in threes so it’s good you added more.
    Thank you for stepping out and sharing your story as I know you don’t like to do so on the blog unless necessary.
    I hope all take a moment to have a simple heart check; one never knows when it sneaks in.
    B

    • 23/03/2011 7:00 am

      I pray that everybody gets a check up at least once a year; especially us women. Heart disease and it’s impact can be sudden and final. Any effort we make counts and can save our lives. 🙂
      I tend not to do this sort of thing on my blog but this is a good, life-saving cause… It’s National Nutrition Month and Women’s History Month as well…
      Definitely timely 😉
      Thank you,
      Eliz

  15. 22/03/2011 8:52 pm

    Thank you for the Versatile Blogger award. I have posted a new blog, giving you -your credit due. You do so much to add some joy to our life.
    Elizabeth @ Mirth and Motivation believes in encouraging others and she does just that-with her talent for writing and her creativity, for adding a touch of inspiration in every post. She has been a huge supportive- fellow blogger.

    • 23/03/2011 12:49 am

      Hi Penny, Thanks for the comment and it is appreciated but do share with others and make some new friends off the list too. Honestly, I’m not very good at these awards because I usually forget to pass them on or I modify the rules… Feel free to modify too. Will stop by and read your post! 🙂 Thanks, Elizabeth

  16. 23/03/2011 12:10 am

    You are so incredibly thoughtful…thank you for the “award”. It makes think of Sally Fields…”you like me..you really like me”. enJOY your day!

    • 23/03/2011 12:53 am

      Thank you Jeanne, You are so welcome and I loved when Sally gave that speech! I even used it myself for years. lol! Enjoy it. 🙂 Elizabeth

  17. 23/03/2011 12:19 am

    Thanks for the award Elizabeth – you are an inspiration to us all.
    Here is my reply.
    http://passionateaboutpets.wordpress.com/2011/03/23/versatile-blogger-award

    • 23/03/2011 12:52 am

      Oh Thank you too Barb! I’m glad you liked it as I had hoped… I know these can sometimes be time consuming and that’s why I encouraged all to modify or do what they wish with it. I will stop by and cheer you on. 🙂 Gracias, Elizabeth

  18. 23/03/2011 6:35 am

    My dad didn’t die of a heart disease but it was cardiopulmonary attack that became his primary cause of death. Until now, it still chokes me up thinking of my dad. Thank you for continuously sharing your thoughts and experience.

    Thank you as well for the VBA! It was totally unexpected! I am truly grateful. Thank you for being a constant source of motivation and inspiration.

    • 23/03/2011 7:05 am

      I’m sorry to hear about your dad and I can relate too because I do get sad when I think of my dad’s sudden passing and all that came afterwards… I hope this, at least, will help you remember to get checked and to know you’re not alone… We share this history now. 🙂
      Enjoy the award and add it to your blog proudly. Share it with others when you have a chance… no pressure.
      I’m glad to see you here and hope you do get back to blogging again 🙂
      Thank you,
      Elizabeth

  19. 23/03/2011 6:36 am

    I’m also awarding you the Versatile Blogger award. Check it out later! 🙂

    • 23/03/2011 7:06 am

      LOL! 🙂 Okay and thank you…
      I will follow up after catching some zzz’s 🙂
      Thanks again,
      Eliz

  20. 23/03/2011 10:17 am

    I agree, I too admire you. Your story tugged at my heart strings. I can relate to loosing a loved one. Your story is both inspiring and informative, we women carry so much and yet we have the tendency of putting ourselves last. I’ll admit I’m quick about getting my loved ones to the doctors when their health needs looking into but when it comes to my own health well, I’m not so attentive or quick about getting checked. But after reading this post, I realize I must take my heart & health more seriously. Thank you for sharing your story. Your sooooo sweet! 🙂 Thank you for the Versatile Blogger award. Sally Fields, I love her!

    • 29/03/2011 3:40 am

      Thank you too Soapbird for your kindness and support… Every time I add a post to my blog, I remember the story you shared with me… and it keeps my spirits up. We all can benefit from regular check-ups.
      It saved my life really. 😉
      Eliz

  21. 23/03/2011 1:28 pm

    Thanks Eliz… Just saw it.. thank you very muchhh!!!

    You do an awesome job tooo..!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • 29/03/2011 3:41 am

      Oh Arva, you are so sweet… Thank you too! It’s a pleasure to share information. 🙂
      Eliz

  22. 23/03/2011 7:30 pm

    What a great and important post! And thank you for the award!

    • 29/03/2011 3:42 am

      Thank you Debbie! I love your blog and it was a pleasure to add you to my roster of bloggers I admire… 🙂
      Eliz

  23. 24/03/2011 1:34 am

    Elizabeth,
    Thank you for the Versatile Blogger Award. I am honored.

    I also thank you for sharing your story and shedding light on heart health. I’m sorry to hear about the passing of your father and your mother’s illness. My family has also been affected by heart disease. My grandmother passed away eleven years ago from congestive heart failure and my aunt is currently dealing with heart disease.

    Your story highlights the need to to be diligent and persistent when it comes to our health. I’m so glad that you continued to look for answers when your symptoms continued.

    Again, I thank you.

    • 29/03/2011 3:44 am

      Thank you Wyletter,
      I appreciate your comment and that you also recognize the importance of these check ups. As some of the research I’ve read shows, sometimes, the symptoms are negligible or mimic other things in women… We must pay attention for sure. 🙂
      Hope all is going well with the move?
      Eliz

  24. 26/03/2011 12:42 am

    Elizabeth, your words, no matter the topic always touch me in one way or another. So thankful to be grouped among such amazing people. Will definitely have to check out others on your list. Thank you much for the award as it was my first… Much love for you my dear. I posted & shared about it tonight.

    • 29/03/2011 3:46 am

      Thank you too Megan,
      I wonder where you find the time and energy to post and work and do all the things that call on you daily. Thank you for the kind words and support… 🙂
      Eliz

  25. 07/04/2011 9:05 am

    I received a blogger award from Ms. Dee of Chuck and Dee too. Now I know where it cam from. Here’s to blogging! 🙂

    • 25/07/2011 12:59 am

      Thank you and enjoy the award! Sorry it took me a moment to read this. Happy Blogging to you 🙂

  26. 07/04/2011 9:07 am

    I received a blogger award from Ms. Dee of Chuck and Dee too. Now I know where it came from. Here’s to blogging! 🙂

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