Feb 23, 2011 - 5:40 am
Last week, three people I know died. Sarah, a 28-year old newlywed (sarcoma); Max, my family doctor of 50 years; and Kara, a 45-year old neighbor, who accidentally drowned in her backyard pool. Kara was in her workout clothes, early AM, evidently cleaning something on the patio, and fell into the icy-cold water. Her teenage son found her in the pool.
What a reminder that each day is a GIFT! No matter my prognosis with ovarian and uterine cancer, anything else could end my life today.
I've also been stewing about my prognosis, pondering what more I could do to enhance my health. I've reviewed the threads on naturopathy and supplemental/alternative treatments closely. Reading all the opinions, the checklists, the shopping lists, the additional appointments for a naturopath, much less the budget involved...it overwhelms me. I start looking at the organic broccoli I'm eating, wondering if I should be eating brussel sprouts. More water, or fresh carrot juice? Choices, choices, choices...stressful.
Lifestyle choices contribute to SO many preventable deaths. But my friends' deaths last week remind me people also die from other causes. And I did not get ovarian cancer because of my lifestyle.
My loved ones and I are given the same 24 hours in a day. Our individual choices for the hours we are given are SO personal and unique. Wouldn't it be boring if we were all the same? In the end, how long we live is far less important than how richly and lovingly we live.
TODAY is what I am given. A proverb says "Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails." I'll feel more joy and peace TODAY, if I can focus on relationships instead of myself. And, it's so trite, but laughter IS the best medicine.
Thanks for listening. Verbalizing my swirling personal thoughts and sadness about my friends' deaths will hopefully help me push through a sleepless night. Wishing each of you a joy-filled day!