Survive and Thrive Blogfest!!

It’s time for a special kind of blog-hop. It’s called the Survive and Thrive Blogfest and it’s being thrown by the four wonderful people listed below. healthblog Of course how did I know that the Ninja Captain would have his hands in this too?

Stephen Tremp, Michael Di Gesu, Diane Wolfe, and Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh.

The blogfest is meant to bring awareness of disease prevention and early detection regarding medical conditions that may be averted or treated if caught in the early stages. Our desire is to motivate people to go in for early screening, and if a condition is caught early and treated, then our world just became a little better place to live.

Considering I’m a brain hemorrhage and stroke survivor, it would make sense for me to write my post on stroke prevention, but I’m going to be a bit more generic. My specific case is extremely complicated, but for the purpose of this blogfest, I’m going to K.I.S.S. – Keep It Simple Silly.

At the end of this post, I will include an infographic courtesy of on how to spot the possible signs of a person experiencing a stroke.

What I’m listing below is not only for stroke prevention. It’s for healthy living that will help reduce your risk for hypertension (high blood pressure), increased cholesterol levels, heart disease, and a variety of other medical conditions.

  • Eat a healthy diet
    • Veggies, fruit, fish, whole grains, low sodium, limit or eliminate processed foods entirely.
    • If you eat food that’s low in saturated fat, trans fat, and high in fiber, you can greatly reduce your risk of having high cholesterol.
    • If you eat food that is low in sodium, you will also reduce your risk of hypertension.
  • Maintain a healthy weight
    • Being overweight or obese also puts you at risk for diabetes, heart disease and numerous other medical conditions. Have your doctor check your BMI (body mass index) the next time you go in.
  • Get enough exercise
    • Exercise not only helps maintain a healthy body weight, but it also helps reduce cholesterol and high blood pressure. Your body releases endorphins when you exercise, so it also helps when you’re depressed because it gives you a positive feeling.
  • Don’t Smoke
    • This one is obviously a given. Smoking not only increases your chances for stroke, but also for lung disease. I stopped for nine months after my bleed; stress caused me to start again. I’m not proud, but am on a mission to stop completely by year end, now that I am no longer in a stress provoking environment.
  • Limit alcohol use
    • This one is also a given. Too much alcohol consumption can not only raise your blood pressure, but can cause alcoholism, liver problems, and countless other medical problems.

There you have it. My little addition to the Survive and Thrive Blogfest; along with my confession. I know my Fellowship family is going to be butt kicking me all over the blogosphere for that one!!

Here is the infographic I promised of how to spot the signs of a possible stroke. If you’re present, Heaven forbid, when this happens to someone you care about, waste no time and call 911 ASAP.

But truth be told, I want you stroke free, heart healthy, with normal cholesterol levels and a blood pressure within your normal limits. It’s one of the reasons why I started this second blog. If I can be part of other blogfests that will bring awareness, then bring them on, I’m in.

Thanks for stopping by.



About My Miracle Life

I'm a writer, blogger, avid reader, book reviewer, sub-arachnoid hemorrhage and stroke survivor, moving forward in my recovery and trying to advocate for stroke and brain hemorrhage awareness and prevention. I'm also slowly working towards independence, driving, my first novel, a memoir and a series of short stories. I've been lucky to have a very small network of close friends to guide me; I've been even luckier to have found an online 'family' of sorts to help me through the rough times.
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15 Responses to Survive and Thrive Blogfest!!

  1. spunkonastick says:

    Those are all smart tips. Last time i went in for a physical, the doctor told me I had the lowest and best cholesterol level she’d ever seen in her career. Being a healthy vegan has finally paid off!


    • Good for you!! I’ve pretty much given up red meat, although I still like fish and occasional chicken. I have a follow up with my primary coming up soon, so I’m sure he’ll order another CBC and check my cholesterol levels again.

      I could probably give up meat without a problem, but I love my seafood too much. I’d never make it as a vegan. I’m so glad you stopped by! Have a fantastic day! 🙂 Eva


  2. Arlee Bird says:

    Thank goodness you survived the stroke successfully. Some people don’t make it through so fortunately.

    Your suggestions are good. For many years I avoided tobacco then there were a couple stretches where I smoked heavily. I stopped 18 years ago and not only feel much better, but I save a lot of money. Those cigarettes can really get expensive!


    • I know! Like I said, stress caused me to pick up again. For someone who survived a hemorrhagic stroke to pick up a cigarette, it was bad. I’m down to about four a day. The plan is to be done by year’s end. DONE. DONE. and DONE.


  3. lexacain says:

    Thanks for the health tips. I read the first and realized I wasn’t doing too well according to that. The second tip. Uh-oh. That’s a miss for me too. The third – exercise? Um…no. By the time I got to the forth I was laughing. I’m obviously well on my way to a heart attack, stroke, whatever. At least I don’t drink… 😉


    • Lol, lexacain, you’re too much! That’s why I love when you visit. I do the best that I can with them, but alas I’m human. I make my mistakes too. 🙂

      I love when you come by my blogs; you always have either words of wisdom or just crack me up! Hugs, Eva.


  4. A subject close to my own heart having seen close family members effected by stroke. So glad you have done so well post stroke. Raising awareness is so important. I think it is often not realised that stroke can strike at any age. Keep up the excellent work.


    • Thank you so much for your confidence in me and my efforts, Suzanne! It means so much to me and inspires me to continue. 🙂 I’m continuing to improve little by little, day by day, and I’m sure that one day I’ll be where I want to be. I’m so glad you came to visit. Eva


  5. Sorry I’m late!
    i hope you can quit smoking again. It really will extend your life if you do.


  6. Great post Eva! You never know who will read this and be able to find it useful one day. Now, stop smoking or I’m coming over there to kick your butt!! 😉


  7. Great post, Eva. I wish I could have taken part in this fest.


  8. stephen tremp says:

    This tips are so easy to remember and live by. I smoked at one time but its been years since. Nasty habit smoking is.

    Thanks for participating in the Blogfest. Hope to see you again for next year’s event!


    • It most definitely is, Stephen. Stress made me pick it up again, although nowhere near as bad as I used to be. My mission is to be smoke-free by year end. Thanks so much for hosting! If God’s willing, I’ll definitely participate next year! Eva


  9. Hilary says:

    Hi Eva – well worth knowing about … and I’ve seen old age strokes through my mother as she died – thankfully she was able to talk … but keeping ourselves healthy is essential. Cheers Hilary


    • Thanks for the visit Hilary! Definitely trying to keep myself healthy; getting better everyday. Stress level has decreased tremendously over the past couple of weeks. Have a great night!:) Eva


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