I’m going to be 34 in less than a month. I may not have got to see it, though, because last Wednesday I had a stroke.

I thought I was in pretty good shape. I thought my blood pressure wasn’t that big of an issue. I thought the headaches were just one of those things. I thought wrong.

I sit here now a different person. I ended up in the hospital from Thursday through Saturday. I’m on blood pressure meds. I am having to cut down greatly on caffeine. I also had to quit smoking. Is it fun having to make so many lifestyle and dietary changes? No. Will it help keep me on this old world a bit longer? Absolutely, so I am doing it.

I want all of you to take care of yourselves. I was very, very lucky. I am still here and I didn’t lose any motor functions. If you think you may have high blood pressure or if you have headaches all the time, go get checked out. If you don’t, you may end up going through the hell I have endured for the past week or even worse. Take the time to take care of YOU. If you don’t, then you won’t be here to enjoy what life has to offer.

We all come to this site because of our passion for all things automotive. I ask that you take a little of that passion and devote it to keeping yourself healthy. Life is too short as it is, don’t make it shorter.

Thank you for your time.