Care for Your Sisters

Care for Your Sisters

Do you work in an all female environment?  If you haven’t had that experience some of this discussion may seem odd to you.  We are all women at the Clinton warehouse of Sawyer Brook Fabrics.  Yes, we have male customers who stop in periodically, we work with male vendors who visit on occasion and there are several male craftspeople working in the same warehouse, but predominantly our days are filled with single gender communication.  So we could write a ton just on that subject–the laughs, the vents, the creative appreciation we have for one another’s work, the great finds in apparel, shoes, homegoods, the shared recipes, the opinions on the latest episode of Project Runway, the “best book I ever read” reviews at the lunch table….I could go on and on, but what I really want to talk about in this blog is the importance of watching out for each other’s health issues.

We often joke that we could write a book sharing all our experiences in various conditions and diseases. Whenever anyone has a health issue in their personal circle, we all share our concern and multiple suggestions based on past experiences.  What a gift!  There has been more than once that one of us here has benefited from another’s experience with a particular situation.

Heart Health

So what does this have to do with Go Red?  Back in 2005 I happened on a book in the library called Take it To Heart by Pamela Serure.  It was a short, readable book, but it made a huge impression on me.  It changed the way I looked at heart issues,  emphasizing heart disease as a syndrome rather than heart attack as an event—a differentiation I had failed to make. I had watched and cared for my mom when she suffered a heart attack back in the 80’s.  I was struck by the fact that she walked around for several days with some mild symptoms, but it wasn’t until my father insisted on a visit to their PCP that she was rushed off to the hospital in the throes of a heart attack. (She survived that episode, but a weakened heart impacted the rest of her life).  How does this happen?  Because women’s symptoms are sometimes different than men’s which have been the traditional talking points for discussions on heart health.

Every year since 1984 more women than men have died of heart disease, said [Dr.] Magliato, and 50 percent of all women never experience chest pains.

“We have to think of this disease as a woman’s disease, it’s not a man’s disease,” said Magliato, who is also president of the American Heart Association of Greater Los Angeles. “The symptoms between men and women are so drastically different that what women believe is heart disease is really men’s heart disease.”   See Full Article 

Here at SBDF we started supporting the Go Red for Women’s Heart Health several years ago.  We are pleased to be offering a donation based on sales of red fabrics and buttons in February.  So many of you have stepped up to make your “red” purchase this month and we thank you on behalf of all those who will benefit from the research that is supported by the American Heart Association.   So not just this month, but every month we urge you all to “take care of your sisters” whether they are in your workplace, your home or your community.  Speak up with one voice for women’s health.

 Go Red this month at SBDF!


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