What is Your Health Worth? For me, it’s priceless.
What is Your Health Worth?
We can talk about all kinds of aspects of one’s health and what to do to be healthier but at the end of it all you must stop and ask yourself one key question:
WHAT IS YOUR HEALTH WORTH TO YOU?
If you are suffering from chronic pain to having a food allergy, do you want to continue with the quality of life that you have currently? If the answer is yes, then go enjoy. If the answer is no, then are you willing to make the changes that you need to have a better quality of life?
I have had many health issues most of my life. From chronic strep throat due to a smoke-filled environment to living in chronic pain and being diagnosed with a couple auto immune diseases. The bottom line was that my health care didn’t get better until I found the right doctor for me. Most importantly I was tired of feeling the way I felt. I wanted to enjoy life again.
Being your own Advocate
I became my own advocate. First, I found a good doctor. Now, even with that said I was a bad patient. He listened, something I’d truly never had from a doctor. That alone is a shame, but so often a shared trait it seems. My body was showing all the signs of an allergic reaction. After about two years of seeing me, he felt I was having an allergic reaction to something. So, he asked me for the next two (2) years to give up gluten. Given past doctors always blaming weight, I thought because I was heavy, and it was a fad diet and he wanted me to lose weight. You can read about all my health stuff in detail in other areas, that’s not the point of this. The point is that even I didn’t listen. I had a great doctor who did listen to me, and recommended something, and I was failing as a patient. You need to make the mental change that if you have a good doctor to do what is recommended and follow directions. I eventually did what he suggested, and it was life changing.
That’s too far
I’ve been asked who my doctor is only to hear countless times tell me “Oh I can’t drive 20 minutes to a doctor that’s too far. If I can’t go to the clinic right here on the corner I just won’t go”. I’ve heard how celiac/gluten issues run in families and their child have the symptoms but it’s too much effort to cook gluten free. I’ve heard how people try it for a day or two and didn’t see results instantly, so it didn’t work, and they don’t want to commit to giving it up for 6-8 weeks. I’ve heard how people give up gluten but just don’t eat bread and can’t figure out why they are still sick – but aren’t willing to fully give it up for 6-8 weeks.
REALLY?! I must ask you again – WHAT IS YOUR HEALTH WORTH TO YOU?
If you have an excuse or reason to fail – you will. It’s really that simple. If you are having a better quality of life is too much effort then you have the quality of life you’ve put the effort into having, really, it’s that simple. If you are not willing to commit to 6-8 weeks of going completely gluten free to help improve your health then you really aren’t committed to improving your health, it’s that simple. If it’s for your children, then you aren’t being a good parent.
I can say this because I didn’t listen to my doctor for two years – that’s two more years of a better life I could have had. He was a doctor that LISTENED to me and my symptoms and put the pieces together. I FOUND a great doctor! I’ve become a better listener to my body and to my doctor. My quality of life is completely different.
Your value on your health
Not being willing to put the effort in to your own health says more about how you value yourself and less to do with what your health issues are. To have an excellent life it takes EFFORT. If you do not value yourself enough to put the effort into yourself, then please stop complaining about your pain, your illnesses, and your life. There is an old saying that I was told as a young girl that seems fitting, “You only get out of it what you put into it. “Meaning, if you treat your health and body like it’s a dumpster and doesn’t matter, then your body and health owe you absolutely nothing.
So again, I’m going to ask YOU. What is YOUR health worth, to you?
I believe in you! You are worth it! You CAN do this! You can try this!