This morning, I shared a “chain letter” type of post on Facebook. I rarely do those, but since it was about February being National Heart Awareness Month, I felt I really needed to. This was the post,
“I normally don’t do these group shares BUT since so much of my family has been affected by heart disease, I decided to do it this time. ❤ February is National Heart Awareness Month<3 Without replying to this message, put a heart on your wall; no comment, just a heart. Next, post a heart on the wall of the person who sent you this message. Then send this message to your friends, One small act of solidarity.”
My family has been greatly affected by heart disease. My mother had several heart attacks before she died, her first one she had before she was fifty years old. My father had a quadruple bypass and so did my brother. He was only 37 at the time. I am very conscious of heart health and try to eat and exercise properly to keep mine healthy because it doesn’t seem as if genetics are on my side!
I shared that post this morning with the hopes that others would share it and Facebook would be ablaze with hearts when I got home from work. I was not disappointed. There are hearts popping up all over my page and the pages of friends and family. What I WAS surprised at was the overwhelming number of birthday messages for me today!! Over and over again, friends from near and far were wishing me a happy day! What makes this so odd, is that today is NOT my birthday. Not even my “birthday month!” My birthday is in May. I am not sure how the “birthday rumor” got started but it was nice to see all the good wishes and nice messages!
I responded with a message thanking everyone for the warm wishes, promising that they could all spread the love again in less than three months!! Lucky me!
(And if you get the chance, please help spread the word for February Heart Awareness Month and post a heart on your Facebook wall – I’d love to see them popping up even more!)