Posts tagged ‘Health’

September 22, 2012

Rule #8 Small Steps (25 Rules For Better Health)

by Patrick Dykie

      I can still remember my son’s first small, tentative steps as a toddler. My wife stood across the room with her arms held wide open, while I held him up. We had tried before over the preceding weeks without much success. This time we felt his legs were strong enough, and he was ready for the big moment. My wife called out to him,

“Who’s mommy’s big boy. Come to mommy.”

     As I released his arms, he took a small shaky step, stretched out his arms, and moved slowly and awkwardly towards my wife, wobbling from side to side in a series of short, shuffling steps. As he picked up speed his body leaned forward as if he would fall at any moment. Somehow he maintained his balance, and continued his journey before falling safely into my wife’s waiting arms. It seems that anything worth achieving in life requires a series of small steps before we’re able to walk, and then eventually run. From a child’s first tentative steps to learning to read and write to getting that first job it seems that everything involves small steps.

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August 5, 2012

Sarah

by Patrick Dykie

     This is another story that I had written for DarkJade’s One Knight blog. It has a lot of meaning for me. I try to follow a certain set of rules in living my life that were passed down to me by my Father. One of my favorite rules is the importance of learning to open yourself up, and reach out to those around you. This may be one of the hardest things any of us ever do, but it is always worth the effort.

     I would like to share a special story with you about a remarkable woman. It is a story of hope and second chances. It is a story of a woman named, Sarah, and is based on the life of a real person. Through life’s circumstances she was hurting, broken inside, afraid, and very alone. Her story reminds us that it is possible to change, to overcome adversity, to move out of the darkness into the light, and to make not only our own life better, but the lives of others as well. Sometimes all it takes is the courage to reach out to those around us. Some of you may even see a little of yourself in Sarah. I hope you enjoy the story.

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July 26, 2012

Our Health – Strokes

by Patrick Dykie

 

       I decided to do a post about strokes when a family member recently suffered one. She survived, but now has irreparable damage to her mind and body, including some paralysis, difficulty with mobility, trouble speaking, and memory loss. The sad thing is, if someone had recognized the initial signs of a stroke, and had gotten her to the hospital within the first few hours, she may have completely recovered. Medical jargon can be pretty tough to get through, so I tried to make this post about strokes as easy to read as possible. (Researching this almost killed me!) Hopefully, we can all learn a little about strokes, recognize  some of the symptoms, and maybe help someone we care about survive this terrible event.

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