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February 28, 2013

The Struggle of Her Life: Finding the Strength to Recover from a Stroke

FrancesIn honor of Black History Month, the SAGE Blog featured a post on LGBT aging in the black community every Thursday during the month of February. Scroll down to the bottom of this post to read the other posts. Women’s History Month begins next week and similarly, the SAGE Blog will feature a post on LGBT older women every Friday during the month of March. Today’s post is in honor of both Black History Month and Women’s History Month. 

Frances Gordon is a health fanatic, who prides herself on doing Zumba, lifting weights and eating well. And all at age 72!

But in 2012, Ms. Gordon began to overheat during a workout and had to be rushed to the emergency room. She was shocked to discover that she suffered a stroke (an element of cardiovascular disease).

Because February is American Heart Month, it’s important to highlight stories like Ms. Gordon’s, which are not uncommon amongst black women. In fact, heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States and is more prevalent among black women than white women.

Luckily, her long-time partner, Bee, was by her side throughout the recovery process. Ms. Gordon tells us how she found the strength during the hardest time of her life. 

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