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If You Make One Resolution This Year…..

Some of you may have noticed that I have been absent from our blogging world since the end of November. Then again, some may have not noticed at all…) I understand either way…) Unfortunately, sometimes life gets in the way and prevents us from following our normal routines or pleasures. In this case, the reason is breast cancer.

My wife was given the diagnosis in early December, had surgery a few days before Christmas and will begin treatment shortly. The good news is that the tumor was small and we caught it early. The not so good news is that chemo and radiation is ahead of us, but the outlook is very promising.

My purpose in writing this post is not so much for us, though prayers and good wishes are always welcome. My purpose is to let you know that this cancer was caught very early through a yearly mammogram. Because it was so small and deep, it could not be felt through self-examination or by a doctor, only through a  mammography.

Her decision to be tested yearly probably saved her life. My hope is that my words here may encourage someone out there to go for a test they may have put off for too long. Whether it’s a mammogram, colonoscopy, yearly physical, blood work, dermatologist visit or whatever else you should be checking, please take the time to take care of yourself.

I don’t know if anyone dislikes going to a doctor or for tests more than me. It’s unnerving, stressful and easy to convince yourself that you’re feeling fine and don’t need to rock the boat when the waters are calm. But we recognize, in time, that waters don’t always stay calm.
I also recognize that some people don’t believe in tests as a preventative tool and I’ll be the first to admit that not all tests are necessary. So let’s get that excuse out-of-the-way and focus instead on those tests that may save your life. You know what they are.

If you don’t want to do it for yourself, then do it for those who care about you. Do it so you have no regrets. No what ifs. Do it so you have the joy of living life to its fullest, even if that means a test reveals a detour that takes time away from the things you planned. Do it so you have many more days to make plans. Do it because you understand that while time is a depreciating asset and we can’t control everything in life, there are things we can do that just might help us, help ourselves.

I recognize this is not an uplifting post and it’s a topic we sometimes shy away from. But I’m hoping these words encourage just one person to make a phone call and do what you’ve been putting off. Making the appointment is the hardest part. Don’t wait.

Do it for those you love.

Sacrificing Life For Appearance

There was a study conducted not long ago by a charity group called The Succeed Foundation, in conjunction with The University of the West of England. Their research found that 30 percent of women surveyed in England would give up at least one year of their life in order to achieve their ideal body weight and shape.
While body image is typically thought to be more of an issue for adolescent girls, this survey was conducted on university campuses across the UK, leading researchers to believe the problem relates to women of all ages, and not just young girls.
One of the major findings was that the majority of women surveyed believed that more needs to be done to promote positive body image at an earlier age in schools and universities.

The research found that in order to achieve their ideal body weight and shape:

16% would trade in one year of their life

10% would trade in 2-5 years of their life

2% would trade in 6-10 years of their life

1% would trade in 21 years or more of their life

In addition, 26% of the women surveyed were willing to sacrifice at least one of the following:

A promotion at work (8%)

Spending time with their partner (9%)

Spending time with their families (7%)

Spending time with their friends (9%)

Their health ( 7%)

The survey also found that 46% of the women surveyed on university campuses have been bullied or ridiculed because of their appearance.
In addition, 79% of the women reported that they would like to lose weight, despite the fact that 78.4% of the women were actually within the underweight or normal weight ranges.
Also disturbingly, 93% of the women surveyed reported they had negative thoughts about their appearance during the week while 31% had negative thoughts several times day.

I’m not sure the numbers would be dramatically different if the survey was conducted in this country, but we’re obviously doing something wrong as a society if young women, who have their entire lives and endless possibilities in front of them, would be willing to trade even one day of life in order to appear as others feel they should be seen.

For all the education opportunities we offer young people, accepting ourselves for who we are should be near the top of the list.