Letter: Fortunate Fodderstack

The Fodderstack 10K race is coming up in April. I would like to encourage those who are leaning towards getting in shape to come out and walk/run or support someone else in their quest. Summer will be here before you know it.

I was fortunate to get a life saving coronary bypass surgery one year ago this March. We have the best doctor I have ever met — in our county. Dr. John McCue’s awesome assessment skills prevented what’s called the widowmaker. Other health professionals missed my life-threatening problem. So now at the age of 47, I value being able to exercise and get out of breath, versus getting short of breath and wondering why I can’t catch my breath.

I hope everyone took full advantage of all that snow we had to shed some weight or just increase your endurance. There are a few things you can do now. For an hour every day, or at least on your days off: walk, play with your kids or animals, spend time outside doing something you enjoy with your land. These simple activities can make you strong, decrease stress and make you happy (it’s free) — and have a healthy heart! I encourage all also to treat your body kindly, feed it properly and give it adequate rest.

You never know when your last day will be on this earth. I almost had mine when I least expected it So take care of your heart, make it strong, and I’ll see you at the Fodderstack 10K in April. I will be easy to find: big smile, life-saving scar on my chest.

Kelly Clement, RN

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