Have You Ever Lost a Loved One? What About IDEA World 2011?

We have all experienced death on some level. Whether it be by a heartbreaking story you heard about from the media or by losing a friend or loved one. Exactly one week ago my Mother In-Law died from stroke. She was at Tufts Hospital at the Michael Neely Neuroscience Unit. This unit was brand new and had been opened for only about a week when she was admitted. Everyone at this unit was spectacular, from the surgeons to the case managers to the nurses. I believe that she received the finest care on the planet. The facility was sparkling and spotless with the latest technology.

The week was a bit of a whirlwind. While I was out in LA at IDEA World 2011 when I heard the news about my Mother In-Law’s stroke.

A Great International Convention!


I was torn, leave to be with my family and abandon the three presentations that I had for IDEA, two of which were video recorded to make products through IDEA or stay. My family comes first and after several conversations with my wife, she encouraged me to stay in LA unless things took a turn for the worst. I got home Sunday night and by Monday, things did get worse and the end came with my Mother In-Law surrounded by her four daughters at the hospital. She was only 57.

The week was spent with family, consoling and comforting each other. There’s so much that needs to be considered. What I did enjoy was learning more about her and her life. I knew here for 20 years, but I only saw a small part of her life. I was honored to be asked to deliver the eulogy at her mass and hearing the stories and memories from her friends and family was amazing.

So does this post have anything to do with fitness or corrective exercise? Well, over 34% of the US population over the age of 20 is clinically obese. An adult suffers a stroke @ every 40 seconds in the US. The statistics go on and on and on…. Read this article about our amazing blood and metabolism http://harvardmagazine.com/2011/05/fathoming-metabolism?page=0,0

We need to get people moving and doing it regularly. It can literally change and save lives.

Thanks for reading this post,

Eric Beard
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Corrective Exercise Specialist

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