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Old 12-10-2012, 12:04 PM
 
Location: Camberville
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I understand the point about preventative care and healthy lifestyle choice, but as someone who has been dealing with major family medical issues that had NOTHING to do with that, all the preaching about living a healthy lifestyle (not you, specifically, just people in general) can kind of feel like a slap in the face.

Just so people don't think that if you don't smoke, eat a healthy diet, get lots of exercise, don't spend much time in a car, eat organic, or any number of any healthy lifestyle choices, somehow means that you are exempt from major medical catastrophe. Because the reality of it is, you're not.
People are always looking for a reason why it can't be them. My cancer was 100% unpreventable. The fact that I was still alive after having the cancer growing for at least 5 years was because I was healthy in other aspects of my life - but it did not prevent me from getting cancer. The number of vegan marathon runners I know to have gotten cancer in their 20s and 30s is astounding. One of my dearest friends grew up on an organic farm in Canada only to be diagnosed with Stage III breast cancer at 29. Or the 22 year old who is currently fighting his 7th recurrence of osteosarcoma who I went rock climbing with last summer - even with only one leg, he was besting us to the top.

MANY health issues are behavioral in nature - but certainly not all. And saying "stay healthy at home to prevent medical problems!" does nothing but shame those of us already dealing with serious health issues. Good advice in general, but too often assumed to be the be-all-end-all.
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Old 12-15-2012, 01:05 AM
 
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MANY health issues are behavioral in nature - but certainly not all. And saying "stay healthy at home to prevent medical problems!" does nothing but shame those of us already dealing with serious health issues. Good advice in general, but too often assumed to be the be-all-end-all.
Yes, we understand nothing is 100%. But I think a lot of us are frustrated that the lifestyle issues are almost never addressed in the health care system, and even scientists will tell you 70% our health care costs are based on unhealthy lifestyle choices. We simply must address this issue, and we absolutely have NOT.

You say "People are always looking or a reason why it can't be them". That's true in more ways than one. Many people don't want to admit how much their behavior and choices are affecting their health and the health care costs we all must pay one way or another (either through private insurance or via taxation). The health care system simply dispenses pills to these people instead of trying to help people make the necessary behavioral changes.
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Old 12-15-2012, 08:47 AM
 
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But I think a lot of us are frustrated that the lifestyle issues are almost never addressed in the health care system, and even scientists will tell you 70% our health care costs are based on unhealthy lifestyle choices.
Can you show where this number comes from? I am interested how they found it.
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Old 12-16-2012, 06:31 PM
 
Location: DFW
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I get the double whammy of being in debt BECAUSE of medical conditions. I am less stressed about the possibility of relapsing and dying than I am about the debt I face trying to live - and can't even afford to go to therapy like my oncologist recommended to deal with the PTSD I struggle with from my diagnosis.

Whoever said health is the great equalizer was full of it. Money makes health issues MUCH easier to face!
In your situation, you may want to consider medical bankruptcy. Your health is still infinitely more important than your finances.
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