It Can Always be Worse – An important reminder

              Your life isn’t that bad. No matter what you’re going through at this moment, it could always be worse. I spent the Super Bowl with one of my very close friends who I haven’t seen in over 6 months. He has cancer and is going through treatment at the moment. Needless to say, he’s been laying low and paying it safe by reducing social contact as much as possible. His immune system is far from 100% due to the treatment, so I was thrilled that he agreed to watch the game together. Seeing my friend like that was tough. I’ve seen chemo patients before when my mom was going through her treatment. However, there is still a tough realization when you see someone you care about without any hair. This really makes the situation sink in.

              Seeing my good buddy in this shape, I couldn’t help but think of my mom when she was going through treatment for breast cancer. She got through it, but it’s a tough battle. The treatment takes so much of your body. I could see the aches in their bodies as they would get up to grab something from the kitchen. But I hope my visit to my good buddy was nice for him. I know it as nice for me. We shared some laughs throughout the game which is all I really hoped for. Although his body is going through a battle right now, his brain is still there. His sense of humor is still there, his wit, his love for watching football, and his ideas are still there. I’m glad to see the treatment hasn’t taken much of his mind even if it is giving his body hell. I can’t help but to think inward after we hung out and putting myself in his shoes. I can’t help but to imagine myself, with my same mind and thought process, with a body that has deteriorated due to cancer and chemotherapy. Maybe I take my body for granted, but I put a lot of work into my body with the right food and exercise. If I didn’t have this privilege to take care of it in a way that is interesting to me, then I don’t know how my mind would react. I put a lot of self-worth into taking care of my body, so if I was going through what my buddy was going through, I wish I would have the same mentality that he has.

              I loved catching up with my buddy last night. It was so nice to see him. At the same time, it was hard to see him in that way. I haven’t seen someone I cared about like that since my mom was going through similar treatment. It’s a tough feeling. It makes us feel a little more compassionate, appreciative, and reminds us not to take little things like our body for granted. If any of you have someone out there battling serious health issues, try and make some time for them. I can tell you that bringing a smile to their face or making them laugh is a great feeling. Obviously we want to help the people we care about, but sometimes the best thing we can do is give them something to laugh about. Hopefully I did that at the very least.

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