As a Matter of Heart Karen Anne Stone

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 As a Matter of Heart Karen Anne,

by Patricia Feager 2/23/2015

 

So many people on ActiveRain have wondered what happened to you Karen Anne Stone? Karen, you have been kept in many thoughts and prayers. So to honor and celebrate your life, I felt compelled to tell your story, the way you would have wanted it to be told.

 

For God's sake Women you have to take care of your teeth! According to the Academy of General Dentistry, women who suffer with chronic periodontal disease have an overall higher risk for a heart attack. Oh sure, you never have enough time or money to take care of your own personal hygiene and we know how many hours you spend driving clients around showing houses, sitting on your rump behind the computer running comps, skipping on healthy meals, writing blog posts, and maybe even playing solitary into the wee hours of the night because you can't sleep, but for God sake woman, you have to brush your teeth and floss! For cry peet, many of you women with cats, take better care of them, than you do yourself!

 

Has your cat ever brought you a toothbrush and reminded you to brush your teeth??? Has a cat ever taken you to the doctors and made sure you were in good health? You get the picture!

 

Woman! You have got to take your teeth and your heart seriously. Behind every stage of periodontal disease, the heart is a ticking bomb waiting to go off. Studies have shown that same yucky bacteria found in gum disease can enter the bloodstream resulting in a bam! Thank you Mam for the doctor and hospital bills, but there's not much more we can do for you if you get to the point of no return!  But, we can send you over to the Cardiologist who may be able to save your life. You see, there's this procedure that you may not know about, so why don't you check yourself into the hospital and we'll get a surgeon to cut open your chest and fix your heart AFTER you spend a small, but very worthwhile fortune on your teeth - then maybe you'll have a candy's chance. 

 

I know, this letter is coming across as pretty strong, but isn't that exactly the type of person Karen Anne was?  STRONG! She said it like it is! A cardiologist may recommend some strict dental treatments and procedures to help get you in the right direction for a healthy heart and lifestyle, but if you have been neglecting your own needs for too long, and the older you get, the worse it gets, the harder it is for any doctor, regardless of how great they are to save a life! And don't forget, my own dentist has 4 kids to put through college, so he loves to make money (for the sake of his kids, and of course, to help you too!) 

 

There has been plenty of research done between the relationship between oral health and cardiac health. Just check the information out from the American Heart Association. Or if you need to see graphics, check this out:

http://my.americanheart.org/professional/ScienceNews/Acute-Myocardial-Infarction-in-Women_UCM_480941_Article.jsp#.Vs00fpwrJX8

 

 

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Did you know Karen's last post was written on August 13, 2013? We hope she's smiling down on all ActiveRain Women and Men who need to pay attention to their teeth before advanced gum disease destroys the life out of them! The message is CLEAR! Your heart is important - you only get one to live by! When you stop and think about all the junk that goes into that mouth of yours, you have to wonder, why aren't we brushing and flossing several times a day? Why is it so easy to take care of everyone elses needs before your own? Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! I know many Catholic girls, like Karen Anne Stone and Patricia Feager devoured stories about martyrs and saints underneath the covers as kids with those flashlights and a good and healthy beating heart. But let's face it, oral health is the most important segway to keep a heart healthy and strong. Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Everyone talks about how important exercise is, but how about exercising those electric tooth brushes up and down those gums more often!

 

There! I've said it all, Karen Anne Stone style. Let's get brushing and outlive those men with strong and healthy teeth and all!!!  Now! If you can't sleep after reading this post, READ THIS:  www.heart.org.

 

God bless you one and all! Now brush your teeth and go to bed!!!

 

 

 

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Brian L. Sirota, Esq.
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I enjoyed reading Karen Anne's unique perspective on things.  She is missed.

Feb 25, 2016 04:43 AM #60
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Theresa Akin
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The thing is you can still have good teeth and one just happens to become abscessed. It can kill you. Almost killed my cousin. She had a crack and didn't realize it. Became infected/abscessed. This was a Friday morning and she had an appointment on a Monday. The dentist put her into an ambulance. For those who have osteoporsis such as myself, and get the Prolia shot, now we have to be careful of necrosis of the gums as a side effect. I have had dental issues and have spent thousands on my teeth. Not fun. ANd yes make yourself gag and brush that tongue. Last dentist I had got mad at me because I was gagging from his bad breath. Smelled like rotting cow hide frtom the back side of the cow.

Feb 25, 2016 07:30 AM #61
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Melinda (Mel) Peterson
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Patricia ~ I read Karen Anne's last post from 2013 and I was deeply moved.  It was poignant, raw, and very human.  She said...

"Nobody knew I wasn't SuperGirl.  I hid it well.
Why it isn't working this time... is beyond me.  Dammit.
As I said... I am totally, absolutely Petrified."

Thank you for the reminder that we need to practice self-love and self-care. Sending heart hugs and warm thoughts to Karen Anne.  Miss her candor and spirit in the rain.  

Feb 25, 2016 09:33 AM #62
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Melinda (Mel) Peterson - when it comes to health, I think we can all be frail and scared. It helps to have family and a good support system. It's too bad her daughter didn't communicate with someone from ActiveRain. I know there has been an outpouring of love from the very beginning. 

I hope you take care of yourself too. 

Feb 25, 2016 01:15 PM #63
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Thanks for your comment Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging. I hope you take care of yourself. We could all use more kindness, couldn't we? 

Feb 25, 2016 01:27 PM #64
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 Lynn B. Friedman  - since none of us knows the daughter, we can't judge. There are always two sides to every story. Maybe there are other health or personal issues with the daughter that we don't know. Regardless, it's a sad, sad case.

I would like to think, especially towards the end of her emails, she knew she was surrounded by AR friends who cared. What bothers me is that darn HIPPA law that prevents people with good intentions, people who could potentially help, from ever having the opportunity to do so. The last two times I went to the Kindred Hospital, I was asked to leave because I wasn't on their visitor list. The time before that the doctor let me in for about 35 seconds and then said, it's time for you leave.  Thankfully, they let me in before that and I got to see Karen Anne and tell her how many people were praying for her. She smiled and nodded. She couldn't speak because she had the tracheotomy but I know she undestood. 

When I went to the place where she was living. The owner of the property told me, she was no longer there and she couldn't provide any information because it was illegal and against their building policy. She wouldn't take my card, name or phone number.

I tried numerous times with her last Broker - he was in the same spot I was - nobody would give him any information either.

I think the only hope we have now, is that someone outside of AR would read this blog post and shed some light on this mystery. 

Feb 25, 2016 01:43 PM #65
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Michael J. Perry - the information you provided was so powerful. It sounds like you had a great dentist when you were such a young man and it resulted in good health. That would be the makings of a great motivational post too!

My mother was a firm believer in baking soda. Many, many years ago, I was happy that Arm & Hammer came out with a powered baking soda container, specifically designed for brushing the teeth. It was like very fine baking soda and tasted great too. But they took it off the market.

In recent years I hears a few people talking about the pulling method, but I haven't tried it. It sounds like it's worth exploring. Thank you so much for sharing such great information. You may be saving lives by sharing your story! You are absolutely right, it IS important!  I wish you good health. Thank you so much. 

Feb 25, 2016 01:50 PM #66
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 Good morning Patricia Feager . Congratulations on the feature. This was a very heartwarming post.

Feb 25, 2016 04:10 PM #67
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Robert Bob Gilbert
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Excellent post. Research shows both men and women who have untreated issues with their teeth are potentially at high risk for major heart problems. Congrats on the feature.

Feb 26, 2016 12:59 AM #68
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Patricia, sainthood, sister! You rocked it for Karen Ann and we can all only hope that someone as truly wonderful as yourself would celebrate us in like fashion! I floss every day, and if you have a good, well...GREAT dentist, they will put the fear of God in you to SERIOUSLY make this a daily habit. And don't use a HARD brush! It also damages your gums. I worked for a female dentist years ago and learned about periodontal disease way-back-when. I can smell it from many steps away! 

There are SO many brain problems that can occur from bad teeth, not just the heart. Happy Forever, Karen Ann and you as well, my sweet darlin' girlfriend!

Feb 29, 2016 10:53 AM #69
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Patricia, you have gotten a valued *FEATURE* IN THE activerainwiners group!

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Feb 29, 2016 10:56 AM #70
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I did not know this.  I do THANK you for sharing.  It is important to share with others.

Mar 01, 2016 05:27 AM #71
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Great post, thanks for sharing Patricia Feager 

Mar 01, 2016 10:21 AM #72
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Awe Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905 - you are so special to all of us. Thank you!

Mar 01, 2016 10:44 AM #73
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An important warning Patricia, after years of abuse I am feeling the effects of age too and these last few years getting healthy has moved up on the goals priority list.

I think that many of us miss seeing Karen Ann here in the rain and often wonder what happened to her.

Mar 07, 2016 09:51 PM #74
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Bob Crane - Clearly, you're not the only one guilty as charged. If we are lucky, and heed the signs, I think we stand a better chance at getting healthier. Although life holds no guarantees, it's up to each individual to decide for him/herself to decide what takes precedence, wealth or health. Unfortunately, it takes money to pay the bills and even if one has health insurance, there's no guarantee, nor does everyone have the means to pay deductibles and the difference for what isn't covered. The cost for medical care has reached astonishing heights that most people fear because it can put them in deeper death.

I remember the last week my husband was alive. I was very familiar with what to expect. However, after he died, that last hospital bill was more than 3 times what I ever paid and nothing changed, other than him occupying a hospital bed. There was no life support, resuscitating, organ donations - nothing different, no autopsy, not even with the meds. Also, I was with him when he died so I know for a fact nobody else was in the room and I had to get the nurses!

At that time, hospital bills were coded and when I investigated on my own, I found out one of the codes was for a burn mattress (he was never in a fire) and the other was for a pregnancy procedure (which if this was possible, I should be rich). 

Mar 07, 2016 10:08 PM #75
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Just saw this. So, So sad. Thank you for sharing. I did not know that Karen had passed.

Apr 12, 2016 12:26 PM #76
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As one of Karen Anne's Biggest Fans, I thoroughly enjoyed this post.  She was always tough on me (in a motherly kind of way) and I have missed her terribly. 

My brother-in-law is a dentist (I get the family discount... FREE) so I am fortunate enough to protect my heart with Excellent Dental Care!

Thanks so much for this post, wish I had found it sooner.

May 26, 2016 01:08 AM #77
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Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
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I remember Karen Anne. I imagine I'm still following her blog. I didn't realize it had been so long. She's missed. Thank you for sharing this message and honoring her style.

Sep 08, 2016 10:13 AM #78
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Long and Foster - Washington, DC
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Before I could start chemo I had to have my teeth cleaned - you certainly laid it out for me in a way I can understand! 

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