Posted: Oct 3, 2013 7:16 AM by Kristen Holloway
Updated: Oct 3, 2013 7:26 AM
Tonight women all over Acadiana will take charge of their heart health and light the night red for the annual "Go Red for Women" kick-off.
Lisa Menard watched her husband Oscar die right before her eyes as terrifying as that may sound to make matters worse, neither Lisa nor her husband had any idea he was sick.
"To watch him collapse to his knees, you take a big, husky man muscular man to fall to his knees then you know you in trouble," said Menard.
Lisa Menard married the love of her life at just fourteen years old. They were a healthy couple or at least they thought.
In 2007 they went to the bank to apply for a $100.000 loan to start their business in Lafayette but the very next day Oscar won $100,000 on a scratch off ticket. Unfortunately Oscar would never see the business come to life.
"Thats when the nightmare begin, my husband had a massive attack and was taken from me immediately after," said Menard.
Heart Disease is often silent, hidden and misunderstood.
"There was no warning but looking back maybe there was a nasal like a deep breathing which he always said was oh my sinus are bad...looking back I think there were signs that we didn't see," said Menard.
Today Lisa is booming with business at Capital Cyclery on Johnston Street but she also takes an active role in "Go Red for Women" to help other families.
"I think part of healing and when you've lost someone to actually anything is talking, speaking, joining, making awareness helping people know that this doesn't have to happen and you can see the signs, you can get your heart checked," said Menard.
Leading women like Lisa will come together to uncover the truth about heart disease for the annual Go Red for Women kick-off tonight. It starts at 6p.m. at Lourdes in the lobby.
If you would like to get involved in Go Red and learn more about heart disease you can contact Regional Director Deborah Pierce at 337-316-0951 or firstname.lastname@example.org.