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I had to get sick to value my health...

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

I have a friend with Lyme Disease and she is posting a series of notes entitled 'Lyme Disease Confessions.' This was her confession #24 and it really made me pause to think. She's right. How many people have I known who didn't care about their health until it was too late and they were befallen with a terrible illness. How many people do I know who are currently sick with illnesses that were entirely preventable, had they just taken care of themselves? Was/Is the food really worth it? Were the hours spent on the couch really worth it? Was it really ok just to take a day off, a week off, a few months off of caring about our health and making positive choices about what we put in our bodies? Are we taking advantage of every healthy day that we have? Are we taking it for granted that we will be in mobile, able bodies forever? What would I miss and what would I miss out on if I were to fall ill?

I can't pretend to understand what she is experiencing, but I can learn lessons from her powerful words.

Choices and gratitude. Those are my words for the day.
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    We all can learn...

    Life is short, our good-health is fleeting, and we all need to make the most of every opportunity, every day, every choice.

    - Michelle
    3596 days ago
    This really hits home with me. I have too many aches and pains for my age but no life-threatening illnesses, thankfully. However, I lost my mother, to whom I was very close, far too young -- 55 years old -- over five years ago. She was a smoker and overweight, but she did strive for good health in other ways. It just wasn't enough.

    Our whole (small) family -- her two brothers and the older one's kids and grandkids -- are all overweight and most of them suffering diabetes, high BP, etc., etc. Deciding that I was not going to suffer like them or risk leaving far too early the way my mother did were what finally propelled me on this journey!

    I'm terribly sorry about your friend's struggle with Lyme disease, but I'm glad it's eliciting positive changes in your outlook. Gratitude is one of the most powerful feelings there are! I too am grateful for my ability and good sense to make good choices.

    3596 days ago
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