There are some things in the world that we have absolute control over. Your health is one of them.
We all have soft spots in our health. We have factors that we acquired genetically. The human body is a complex machine, and complex machines break. The great thing is that for almost any ailment, there are choices we can make that can significantly improve our medical conditions and overall quality of life.
At the end of the day, it’s up to you to be in control of your health. Staying in good health requires work, and work is sometimes the hard choice. You can either do the hard work and reap the benefits, or you can just float down the river and deal with the consequences.
We’re incredibly lucky to live in the information era. Most of the information that we can access is garbage, but there are still a good number of websites and publications that have high quality resources. No matter how obscure or rare a condition, you can find someone else who has it and a physician who’s having success in treating it. We can find information on the benefits of exercise, different forms of exercise, and raw data that proves that a 30 minute walk once a day can make a world of difference.
Benedict and I take a morning walk each day and then come back to the house for a 7 minute workout. It gets me the energy and exercise I need, it gives us a great time together, it gets fresh air in his lungs, and it helps him explore the world. For those keeping score, that’s a win-win-win-win-win.
You have access to a care team of medical professionals. While they have a tremendous amount of experience and knowledge, they can’t help you if you don’t take an active role in your health. Ask questions, understand what’s going on, and help plan out your path to health.
Be involved with your wife! Be an active participant in her healthcare, and rely on her wisdom in your own. Sometimes you’ll both be in the same appointment and walk out with two completely different impressions of what just happened.
The point is this, and it’s very simple. Our health is a gift and it’s up to us to preserve and improve it. No matter what’s going wrong, you can always make it better.
Your health isn’t just for your benefit, it’s for your family.