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February is American Hear Month
As an active American
Heart Association Advocate, I want to devote this month’s journal to the
awareness of heart disease. As we all know, February is American heart
month! It’s a time when the health industry brings awareness of heart
disease to as many people as it can reach by bringing to the forefront
the serious consequences of this fatal disease.
I have been an
advocate for several years now, for “You Are the Cure”. It’s a
nationally advocacy program, who’s efforts are lending their voices to
influence law makers and who make a difference in their local
communities, as well as national, one day at a time.
Policy makers have
the power on the local as well as state and federal levels to advance
policies that will help fight our nation’s number 1 and number 3
killers. You don’t have to be a heart surgeon to save lives-just an
advocate willing to speak out!
disease is sometimes thought of as a “man’s disease,” it is the leading
cause of death for both men and women in the United States, and women
account for about 50% of those deaths.
The chance of developing coronary heart disease can be reduced by taking
steps to prevent and control factors that put people at greater risk.
Additionally, knowing the signs and symptoms of heart attack are
Conditions that affect your heart or increase your risk of death or
disability include arrhythmia, heart failure, and peripheral artery
disease (PAD). High cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes,
tobacco use, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, heredity, certain
blood disorders, race and increasing age are some of the other risk
factors associated with heart disease.
Some of the heart attack warning signs symptoms is chest discomfort,
discomfort in other areas of the upper body like pain or discomfort in
one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach, and shortness of
breath, which may occur with or without chest discomfort. Other signs
may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
As with men, women’s
most common heart attack symptoms is chest pain or discomfort, but women
are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common
symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, and back or
If you or someone
you’re with has any of these symptoms, call 911 immediately. Don’t wait
longer than five minutes before calling for help. You need to get to a
hospital right away, because it’s the fastest way to get lifesaving
treatment. If you‘re the one having symptoms, and you can’t access
emergency medical services (EMS), have someone drive you to the hospital right away.
Don’t drive yourself, unless you have absolutely no other option.
If you’ve had a heart attack, you’re
at a higher risk of having a second attack or stroke. If you’ve had a
stroke, you are a much higher risk of having another one or having a
heart attack. A “transient ischemic attack (TIA) also is a very strong
risk factor and predictor of stroke.
Some of the stroke
warning signs symptoms includes sudden numbness or weakness of the face,
arm or leg, especially on one side of the body. Sudden confusion,
trouble speaking or understanding, sudden trouble seeing in one or both
eyes, sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
and sudden, severe headache with no know cause.
If you or someone
with you has one or more of the stroke warning signs, don’t delay!
Immediately call 911 or the EMS number
so an ambulance (ideally with advanced life support) can be sent for
you. Also, check the time so you’ll know when the first symptoms
appeared. It’s very important to take immediate action. If given within
three hours of the start of symptoms, a clot busting drug can reduce
long term disability, or even death for the most common type of strokes.
You can reduce your
risk of heart attack and stroke, simply by becoming aware of your risk
factors, personal characteristics and habits that may increase your
chances of having a heart attack or stroke.
Some things you can’t
change or control like family history of early heart disease, men 45
years or older, and women 55 years or older; some risk factors you can
change simply by changing your daily habits or taking medicine as
prescribed by your doctor. No matter what your risk factors, you have
the power to make changes to improve your health!
For more information on heart disease contact the American Heart Association
toll-free at 1-800-242-8721 or visit their website americanheart.org.
For more information on stroke, call 1-888-478-7653 or visit their
Now is the time to make plans to improve your health! Small changes can make
a big difference in your life. You can do it, so get started today on
changing your life style by knowing your risk factors. Remember
knowledge is power, so learn and live.
the song, “Amazing Grace”.
(Born 1725, died 1807) wrote hundreds of hymns, but Amazing Grace is
probably the most recognized song through out the world. It was written
in the later part of 1772 and it first appeared in print in Newton’s Olney Hymns in 1779, but was believed
he had initially written it for a sermon he’d preach on New Year’s Day
1773. He left behind sermon notes, which corresponds to the flow of the
John Newton’s biggest influence in his life was his
Mother.She was a Godly
person and although she was in fragile health, she devoted herself to
the nurturing of his soul.
She would have him memorize Bible passages and
hymns. She died when he was seven years old, he later said, “He
remembered her tearful prayers for him”.
After his Mother’s death, he alternated between
boarding schools and the high seas.
While he was with the British Navy, he deserted and
was later captured.
According to history, he was on many voyages, saw
many dangers and toils. He later recalled that on the night of March 9,
1748, he was awakening by a brutal storm that had descended too suddenly
for the crew to foresee. The next day on March 10, 1748 in great
distress he cried out to the Lord.He later wrote, “The Lord came from on high and delivered me out
of deep waters”.
He saw many years of slow spiritual growth but, in
the end he became one of the most powerful evangelical preachers in
What a lot of people may not know, that the most
famous hymn of all wasn’t originally titled “Amazing Grace”, but was
actually called “Faith’s Review and Expectation”. It was based on Newton’s study of 1 Chronicles 17:16-17, a
prayer of King David in which he marvels at God’s choosing him and his
When John Newton wrote the song, he would have
never guessed that it would be so popular.It is a favorite for both Christian and non-Christian supporters,
in part because many assumed it to be his testimony about his own
conversion while on his slave ship.
Amazing Grace as we know it today has four verses,
but according to history he wrote several other verses also. Below are
the extra verses that have been noted in history.
It sums it all up as “Divine Grace”. Thank you, Mr.
John Newton for writing the song, “Amazing Grace”! It was, is and always
be the No. 1 song of all time.
Amazing grace! How
sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch
I once was lost,
but now am found,
Was blind, but now
“Twas grace that
taught! my heart to fear,
And grace my fears
How precious did
that grace appear,
The hour I first
Thro’ many dangers! toils and
I have already
“tis grace has
brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead
The Lord has
promised! good to me,
His word my hope
He will my shield
and portion be,
As long as life
Yes, when this
flesh! and heart shall fail,
And mortal life
I shall possess,
within the veil,
A life of joy and
The earth shall
soon! dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to
But God, who called
me here below,
Will be forever
When we’ve been
there! ten thousand years,
Bright shining as
We’ve no less days
to sing God’s praise,
Than when we first
Shout, shout for
Shout, shout a loud;
All shout glory
Shannons NQC 2013
Chris, Stacey, Shawn, Wilma and James
Shannons” A Prayer, A Dream, Faith and Determination
Shannons, a Southern Gospel family based out of Muncie, Indiana
have been singing Gospel music for over 35 years, and still going
strong. The members are James, Wilma, their two sons Shawn and Chris,
and their daughter-in-law Stacey.
With one Guitar, a prayer, a dream, and a lot of faith and
determination, deifying the Nay-Sayers, who said, “It wouldn’t last”
James and Wilma stepped out with a prayer in their heart, and started
singing as a duet. In the late seventies, they were joined by their
oldest son Shawn, who started playing bass guitar and singing. He is now
the manager of the group.
the mid eighties, their youngest son Chris joined in singing some, and
playing the bass guitar. Shawn started playing the piano at that point.
Their daughter-in-law, Stacey, joined the group in 2000. She sings,
plays the keyboard, and has been known to do instrumentals playing her
violin on occasions. The newest
member, Lexiana Faith Shannon, will be on stage in no time, if history
is any indication of what is to come?
What you notice first about The Shannons is the heart-felt sincerity
they have for each other, and the happiness they make you feel when you
are around them. Their hearts are definitely filled with a lot of love,
and that speaks volumes, as to why so many fans across the nation come
out to hear them sing. The messages in their songs are joyful, strong
and very heart-touching. You can see why they are so loved by their
2006, when recording one their projects, a CD entitled “From the Heart”
The Shannons record producer in Nashville Tennessee at the time, Eddie
Crook, made a quote inside the liner which stated, The Shannons
epitomize the term “Family Group” led by James and Wilma, they are
blessing people everywhere with their sincere, spirit-filled singing.
However, The Shannons will be the first to tell you, that life hasn’t
been a bed of roses, just like everyone else; they have had their share
of troubles and trials. The Shannons said, “We’ve had to come through a lot of
adversities on this journey, but we never let it get us down, we kept
pressing on, because we knew God was leading us in the right direction.”
Shannons have traveled all over the country including Canada, singing and ministering in
Churches, Auditoriums, Festivals, Fairs and etc. To date, The Shannons
have recorded 14 Albums, 4 DVD’s, and writes most of the songs they
record, and many of their songs have been recorded by other Gospel
The Shannons have had several national releases, which made
many of the Gospel Music Charts. “Sanctified (Written by James and
Wilma), Daddy, Nicodemus, He’s Everything To Me, Feel That Feeling,
Trading My Cross For A Crown, Heaven’s Tour, (All written by James and
Shawn), and Way Down Deep. The “Seeker” made it to number 4 on the Radio
Active Air-Play back in September 2008. Their current single, “He’s On
My Side” has been released to Radio stations, and is doing very well.
Wilma in her own right has gained much national notoriety, not only for
her singing, but for her Cook Books. She has received honors from
several Women’s Christian Organizations, Cook Books of America,
Traditional Southern Cooking, and has been given the “Woman of Faith”
award twice. Wilma has authored 12 Cook Books, including “A
Doggy-Delight Cook Book” and “A Heart-Healthy Cookbook”.
Many of her recipes have been
featured both in local and national newspapers, and magazines.
of her friends, a DJ from Sirius XM Satellite Radio, Dan Dixon, gave her
the nickname “Cook Book Lady” and it stuck. Now when The Shannons are in
concert, usually before the night is over, someone will ask her, if
she’s the Cook Book Lady, they hear about on the radio.
Shannons are actively involved in many charity organizations including,
The American Heart Association, where Wilma is an active Advocate, Go
Red for Women, The American Cancer Society, The American Diabetes
Association, The American Stroke Association, and many others.
When The Shannons were asked, what does their ministry mean to them, or
how they would like to be remembered?They replied by saying, “All we want is to be a light to the
world, and if just one person sees Jesus in us, and comes to know him,
then we have been successful.”
“Friendship isn’t about who you have known the
longest, It’s about those who came and never left your side.”
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