menopausebarbees
... the tales of two sisters

Dana lives in Seattle, and Tracie lives in Germany. We are businesswomen, writers and humorists. We write about life, dating, and today's modern women.

Powerfully Profoundly Purple

You all know that I am PASSIONATE about spreading awareness about heart disease, particularly congenital heart disease which has profoundly, profoundly affected me.

You need to know that congenital heart defects (CHDs) are the most common types of birth defects, and are the most common cause of infant death due to birth defects. Nearly 1 in 100 babies are born with a heart defect in the United States each year. The statistics for my son’s particular CHD is 1 in 100,000. 

Yes, you read that correctly. 1 in 100,000. 

I wore purple for congenital heart disease on February 13, for CHD Week Awareness. Now, I didn’t google this but I reasoned that this makes sense as this hue combines the primary colors red and blue representing the heart and veins (which appear to be blue because they carry blood that does not contain much oxygen in it. 

Fair enough, right?

For some reason, I began to wonder what else this beautiful color stood for. I knew that it also represents bravery and courage–think Purple Heart–which is awarded to those heroes wounded while serving. I didn’t know that it also symbolises peace and honor and the dedication to ending violence. 

And guess what else? 

It also represents the survivors of domestic violence. That’s right. Domestic Violence Awareness. A study in Volume 9 of the Journal of the American Heart Association and published this month in Newsweek magazine, has the following headline: Women Who Survive Domestic Abuse Have Higher Likelihood Of Developing Heart Disease and Diabetes. Specifically, Cardiometabolic Disease which is cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and type 2 diabetes. And the sad thing is, these statistics hold true for those who get away with their lives. You can read yourself the statistics on the number of deaths due to this barbarism. Drey Carey, the host of the popular daytime show, The Price is Right, is grieving the loss of his ex-fiance as I write this, over her death this weekend due to domestic violence.

1 in four women and one in nine men experience some form of intimate partner violence or stalking, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Please don’t be a statistic. Spread awareness. If you’re in a situation that can lead you to getting cardiac disease and diabetes or losing your life because of another human being, kick off your shoes and find a Plan B. 

Domestic abuse against women is a global public health problem and a violation of human rights. If you’re going to wear purple then wear it proudly and not around your eye or arm or …

My book is meant to give you hope and inspire you to keep to the grind, to make you believe that yes! you got this and if you can’t move the mountain, then take refuge in the fact that the Lord will help you get around it. 

And here’s another beautiful thing and every day I’m learning it more and more:

My book enables me to spread awareness on different issues. I never imagined it would allow me to share some light on domestic violence awareness. But then again, why not? It’s all about having heart. 

Bravery. Courage. Survival. 

Spread the word. 

#aintnogivinupandnogivinout !! ©