What You Can Control and What You Can’t

ChoicesIn life we have few certainties. We hope for good health and the more proactive among us embrace lifestyles that facilitate this. A nutritious diet full of whole foods, an exercise regimen that includes cardiovascular exercises, positive thinking—these are all ways to produce and sustain health in life. But we cannot control the physical universe, nor can we pull back the curtain of nature and tinker with its clockwork.

In the end, part of living a healthy lifestyle is accepting that bad things can and do happen. Many will sustain a debilitating or traumatizing injury at some point in their lives. Others will discover they have congenital diseases or tumors. If discovered early enough and treated aggressively, most afflictions of the body can be cured or at least mitigated in such a way that they will not impede our lives.

But we must also rely on the medical world in order to provide solutions to what ails us. Thankfully, the health care industry—despite our tumultuous political skirmishes—has produced remarkable advancements in medical science that allow us to reevaluate our fears of the unknown. New innovations are bringing us closer and closer to being able to keep ourselves in good health for decades longer than previous generations.

Incredible advancements in endoscopic operations for example, have rendered surgery on skull and head-related procedures minimally invasive and far safer than we could have ever expected. Conditions like trigeminal neuralgia can now be treated aggressively, relieving people who suffer from painful nerve disorders. Pineal tumors can be identified and removed in mere hours and patients rarely have to spend more than two days in a hospital for such operations. There was a time when brain surgery would have left you bed-ridden for days and recovering from post-op scars for weeks or even months.

In life we have few certainties. But you can’t sit around worrying about things you can’t control. Take steps toward maximizing the effects of the things you can control. Health is tricky, because we can control some aspects of it, but not all. Even the healthiest person alive can suddenly discover he or she has a brain tumor. Fortunately, advancements in medical procedures are affording us the chance to combat such afflictions with minimally invasive surgeries that don’t knock us too much off stride.

Take care of yourself. Eat right, exercise, and think positively. Also adhere to a regimen of getting regular medical checkups so that you can identify diseases and problems early in their tenure. This way, if you do get the awful news of something like a tumor, you can get it treated and get back to your life. You owe it to yourself and to your family to be vigilant and aggressive when it comes to your health.


Nora Charles is a freelance writer that has worked with many bloggers for several years now.

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