It’s Easy to Take Our Health for Granted until It’s Taken from Us

One would think going in for a routine bladder procedure and coming out with dead bowel, an open wound the size of Texas, and an ileostomy bag would be the maximum health drama a person is allowed within a two-year period.

One would be wrong.

Trust me. This image is less gruesome than the wound. (Image from Pixabay, CC0 Public Domain, no attribution required)

Trust me. This image is less gruesome than my mom’s wound was. (Image from Pixabay, CC0 Public Domain, no attribution required)

Not content to let my mother’s 2014 surgical disaster get all the glory, lymphoma recently waltzed in and filled up her 2016 dance card. That little bugger didn’t even give her time to fully recover from 2015’s ileostomy takedown.

Eh, who needs physical strength and stamina anyway?

Hey, this isn’t funny…

My mother gave me permission to write about her condition and even advised I add humor. Were it not for her sense of humor throughout the daily ileostomy-bag changes and current bouts of digestive problems, she’d be a 110-pound ogre by now. And who could blame her?

On the plus side, her new diagnosis means more trips to New Hampshire for me and more time to pester my favorite feline. Oh how that furball loves me.

diva seeing me back again

My mom’s cat, aptly named Diva.

Oh, Good health, why do we put you at risk?

Our health is such a priceless commodity, isn’t it? And yet we humans are funny creatures. We purposely do things we know aren’t good for us. We smoke, drink excessively, consume gobs of sugar, skip wearing bike helmets, drive when we should walk, sit when we should stand, watch TV when we should sleep, and so on and so on.

Of course, many ailments (like my mother’s) aren’t due to our poor behaviors, and many of our poor behaviors aren’t due to a lack of willpower. Addiction and dependence play their roles. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t tackle them.

Because as my mother found out, when it comes to disease, Fate is cruel enough. Why help Her along with the process?

What’s one habit you could improve on when it comes to health?

Given my upcoming trips to New Hampshire and other obligations, I’ll be stepping away from my blog for the rest of March. You won’t see me around much on your sites either, and for that I apologize. But I’ll check in on Twitter and Facebook. After all, those pics of my mom’s cat won’t post themselves.

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Rubin4Carrie Rubin is the author of Eating Bull and The Seneca Scourge. For full bio, click here.

332 Responses to “It’s Easy to Take Our Health for Granted until It’s Taken from Us”

  1. Letizia

    I’d love to cut refined sugar out of my life but at least I try to minimize it (well, most weeks!). I hope your mother is recuperating well.


  2. claywatkins

    I wish i could exercise more regularly – a brisk walk daily. it seems hit and miss, but more miss than hit. I hope you enjoyed your Easter and your mom is doing well. Keep those positive thoughts and energy flowing and I’ll work on walking more. Have wonderful weekend and week ahead.


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