Health Woes – Anxiety, Relief and a Yo-Yo

Maintaining good health is extremely important. Daily life becomes much like a yo-yo with constant ups and downs when you don’t. No one ever intends to live like this, but sometimes it happens when you set out on a journey to better health. For us, it has been another long week, one that started with loads of anxiety and ended with a tremendous sense of relief. The last year has been filled with highs and lows, and it has been wearing.

Health Commercials and Anxiety

I don’t feel old by any means, but getting older is not for the faint of heart. Every time you turn on the television, there is a litany of health related commercials. No matter the channel, we hear people talking about arthritis, shingles or diabetes. These ailments are just a few of a list that goes on and on.  No wonder I have anxiety.

When you’re young, you don’t think about these things because you feel that you are invincible. After a certain age, though, you need to change your awareness of health related issues like cancer or Alzheimers. Yes, it’s scary, but it’s a part of aging that we all must face sooner or later. Looking back at my younger self, the issues I faced don’t seem nearly as bad as what we have dealt with recently. To be honest, I wish I were still a kid.

We Feel Relief

Knowing that you have to go through an invasive test, the anticipation leading up to the procedure and waiting for the results is torturous. We have both been in this position but now feel relief that some uncertainty has eased.

Our goal, moving forward, is that we resolve the last of the little things to be sorted for both of us.  Ultimately, relief will be realized when you never forget how precious life is. With that, make it a point to know your numbers and keep your annual appointments. Fear of the unknown is not a good enough reason to forego these things.

Life Like a Yo-Yo

healthNo one wants to live their life like a yo-yo. The constant ups and downs are a bit wearing. We hope that life will level off so that we can enjoy this part of our life as we had intended. Trusting my instincts to move to a new part of the country where the healthcare is better than we ever thought it could be has helped us more than you can imagine.
We are blessed beyond measure for the tremendous support from my work, our healthcare partners, close family, and dear friends. Without all of you, we would not be where we are today. 

Settling Down

It has been a struggle to block out the world’s noise, concentrate on what is truly important and remember what brings me joy. Now that our health woes are getting sorted and I have settled into my new work role, I can return to my creative endeavors (reading, writing, and making beautiful things) and explore my British heritage uncovered during DNA testing I pursued because of my adoption. That is a whole other story in and of itself!
Thank you, dear friends, for all that you do to make this world a better place. Never forget how important you are to those around you, including me. Your light shines brightly for those of us who need our paths illuminated from time to time. Don’t ever let it get extinguished.

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