2011-12-02 / Letters

11/11/11 A Lucky Day

Dear Editor,

11/11/11 was supposed to be a lucky day, and it was for me. I was at work that day when I started feeling nauseous. Thankfully, I am a massage therapist in the Belle Harbor Professional Building, which is full of health care practitioners. There is no doubt that if I had not been at work, among doctors when I starting feeling ill with flu like symptoms, that I would not be here today.

I have no history of heart disease or any other coronary problems. And I had no idea that a heart attack presents completely different in women than men, usually with flu like symptoms and not the typical chest pains that men experience. If I’d been at home I would’ve retired to bed thinking I had the flu, so I’d like to thank the doctors of the Belle Harbor Professional Building, specifically Dr. S. Kirtane and Dr. P. Mamtora, who quite literally saved my life by calling an ambulance and getting me off to the hospital.

Another huge thank you goes out to all of the people who worked tirelessly to keep Peninsula Hospital open. I know I would not have survived this heart attack if I had to leave the Rockaways for hospital care. The doctors at Peninsula were amazing and as a community, we are so lucky to have them with us.

The entire experience has been so eye opening for me and really made me appreciate the importance of maintaining your health. Starting in January my massage practice, The Massage Club, will offer Pay It Forward Fridays featuring free massage and sauna sessions to people in the community who are in need. Appointments can be booked with me, Maureen Tullie, at The Massage Club. Also, I’ve found the book “The Easy Way to Stop Smoking” by Allen Carr to be particularly helpful in my journey to quit smoking.

Finally, thank you to my family, friends, neighbors, and clients for all the kind thoughts and prayers. They have been so healing.

MAUREEN TULLIE

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