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Today he has stents and a pacemaker implanted and is limited to what he can do. He tells me he wished he can take back the days before his heart attack; that he would have been in greater health.The problem was in the days leading up to his heart attack, he could not accept that his health was failing,[url=]Cheap NFL Jerseys China[/url], he went to the party to show he still ?got it?. Like most men he was in denial.I think most men believe it?s a sign of weakness if they go to the doctor, even for routine physicals. The truth is most of them are afraid of what the results could be, so they continue to be in denial until it?s too late. We men are afraid to admit that we are not immortal.Ralph Seeram can be reached at email: [email protected]

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