Let’s face it, life happens. We don’t have blueprints for how our lives are laid out. There are no guarantees about anything much less our health. When you work with individuals who face life-altering health diagnoses you begin to play detective based on information about a person. When I heard that Senator Ted Kennedy had a seizure my first thought was a tumor. I didn’t know where in the brain it would be located, but given his age and relative good health for a 76 year old man, it just made sense.
This really tells us that no one is immune to a health crisis. Think of Humpty Dumpty…all the king’s horses and all the king’s men couldn’t put Humpty back together again. Unfortunately the same is true for Senator Kennedy. No matter how many connections he has, no matter how much money he has and no matter how famous and a champion in politics he may be, he won’t be put back together again.
It’s a wonderful fantasy that money and success bring good health. Obviously that’s not the case. Look at all the women in the entertainment world fighting breast cancer. This week we saw the passing of Sydney Pollack, a 73 year old man who couldn’t be put back together again.
No one is immune to the body’s betrayal. We can take steps to reduce our risk, but in the end it only takes one cell or one gene to have a mind of its own and we’re at its mercy. Give yourself the benefit of increasing the chances for health, but don’t feel that you’ve been picked out of a line-up based on specific characteristics. I don’t believe in a million years that Senator Kennedy would have considered facing the challenge of a brain tumor. We’re all in this together.