“Each day is a little life: every waking and rising a little birth, every
fresh morning a little youth, every going to rest and sleep a little death.”
I was taught as a young doctor through the tragic loss of a patient. A couple in their sixties had spent their entire life working for that one day, some day type of retirement. They had moved from the North to the beach expecting to have many years to enjoy the sun. Within a month the wife was a widow. He had not taken care of his health in this race to the end and a heart attack claimed his life. She mourned this fact and that they had never taken a vacation until his last day of work.
Now, she was alone.
When we choose to ignore our health or don’t care for our bodies, one day our bodies will choose to ignore us. This truth should lead us to seek preventive care and a healthy lifestyle. Disease remains disease and we all travel through Paradigm Shifts of Health. However, don’t ignore your health in the pursuit of going somewhere. Don’t get there with regret of “I wish I had…stopped smoking, stopped eating junk food, stopped laying on that couch!”
Some of my saddest cases have been watching patients wrestle with blaming themselves for their diagnosis. It is even worse as loved ones suffer and the unspoken words hang like dense smoke in the air, “Why didn’t you listen?”
You will discover resources here for making wise health decisions now. You will also find lists to be prepared with the right questions at the right time.
You will discover resources for caregivers and options to consider now if you or a loved one are needing options for additional care.