Cancer a New Perspective on Life

Life, wow, how hectic the U.S. lifestyle. Task after task, checklist after checklist, event after event, product after product, and busy for the sake of being busy. It is exhausting just thinking about all that we do in a typical day, week, month, or year. Yet who the heck cares? Does any of it have any meaning? We go through life day in and day out accomplishing tasks that for the most part don’t make us happy and are done to make everyone else around us happy. Worse yet just to get it off the task list.

In life I have noticed that most people put up with people that treat them badly just to be nice and not cause waves. We take on added stress as a result of those people. We take on added stress at work trying to live up to the “Joneses”. We take on added stress with the finances as most of the US overextends itself. We don’t exercise enough which leads to added stress.  Disease occurs in a body that is not at ease. Suddenly, and without warning we are diagnosed with something like cancer or some other life threatening disease and we are forced to take a step back. We reexamine what is important in life and what is not. The trick is how to get rid of the clutter of tasks that don’t make us happy, don’t fulfill us, and don’t matter in the scheme of things but still for some reason still seem like they need done.

Isn’t it funny that we don’t ponder more deeply the meaning of life until life has a possibility of ending. Is there a way to realize a deeper purpose in life? Is there a way to clear the mental clutter, task clutter, stuff clutter, and relationship clutter? Is there an easy way to find your life’s purpose? Is there enough time? If I were to die tomorrow, would I feel fulfilled? Would my family be ok? Would anyone care? Deep stuff but the thing you think about when the “C” word is thrown out as a diagnosis.

Later, after the subtle poor me and what happens when I die questions you get to the point when you ask what happens if I live? What will it take to live? Do I have enough fight left in me? Or am I just too tired to put in the effort? It is interesting the stages that one goes through with diagnosis.

Did I catch it early enough? Only time will tell.

One thing I do know is that preventative testing catches things like cancer early. Expectations are that our current health care system will be even less of a preventative system and more of a reactive system in the coming decades with the new health care law. It is more important than ever to test early and often. Time to take control of your health and your life. The “C” word changes your perspective on everything. Sometimes you have to hit bottom before you can go back up.