I certainly did for many years through adult life. I was fortunate enough to enjoy a life full of good times. Prosperity unfortunately meant I took my health for granted. Sport was my life. From athletics, a little tennis, and basketball I moved on then to volleyball. And then, a few falls later I experienced pain, lots of it. Little did I know back then that playing sport and having a seemingly minor injury would eventually lead to me having both of my knees replaced before I turned 60 years of age?
Surgery changes your life. I am no longer able to kneel. It hurts my knees. As we age there are also other subtle changes that can catch you out. Leading a sedentary lifestyle is one of them. Whilst I no longer run or engage in sport, I am busy. But, none of the activities that I am busy doing involve physical stress on by body. I drive a lot, attend meetings, have meals out, go to the movies, and I am involved in charity work. I love my growing list of activities but none of them gets a sweat up and now my waist line is growing.
I have had a few health problems over the years most of which were diagnosed relatively quickly. I had my gall bladder removed and after a few years blood tests revealed a low liver function. Consulting with a few doctors and being persistent I was finally referred to a specialist. He found I had stones in my bile duct that had been missed. I had been carrying them around for an extra six years. Thank heavens the operation to fix this was simple and quick.
My Mum has been unwell for three years. How many doctors do you consult before you give up looking for a cure? Currently the count is a GP and 4 specialists. I have now turned to natural therapy practitioners and the hunt and hope goes on. We have to try what we can. We are responsible for our own health.
I am absolutely in awe of Kimberly Miles who is the author of the award-winning book, At the Root: My journey to health and healing. After her four wisdom teeth were removed when she was twenty, Kimberly began to suffer from unexplained health problems: recurring pneumonia, unexplained rashes, debilitating fatigue, brain fog and swollen lymph nodes that would not go away. A determined Kimberly spent 30 years looking for a diagnosis and totally transformed along the way.
I have been reading that a lot and have come to the conclusion that any current health problems are because of the lifestyle that I have chosen to pursue – both the food and the drinks I consume. It is hard to change habits even when we know it is for the best yet I still reach for a sweet treat.
Being aware that there is a problem is the first step, changing habits is my next challenge. I spent the first 50 years of my life taking my health for granted. I have incorporated some bio hacks into my daily routine that Dan Perryman recommended like walking barfoot in the grass and having 15 minutes of sun every day.
I need to get serious with my lifestyle choices so I can become a centenarian how about you?