Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Stroke awareness - a year-round mission

Today marks the beginning of Stroke Awareness Month. As a longtime journalist, I've always been pummeled with press releases, announcements and so on with Such-and-such Awareness Month or Week or Day.

However, this one is personal. So I'll mark this month once again with articles, news and occasional Scripture as part of Stroke Awareness Month. It's not a big-dollar campaign (as many special months are) but my own little effort to bring awareness of stroke signs and symptoms, and stroke prevention.

The U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention reports that almost 1 million strokes happen in a given year in the United States. That alone should make stroke awareness as a priority.

So please, if you read this, please humor me. Better yet, help someone else become aware of what to do if a stroke happens. And keep it up. May is Stroke Awareness Month, but strokes pay no attention to the calendar.

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