A Second Chance at Life - Part One
Most people are capable of going through life with the
mentality of “that couldn’t happen to me”. But now and then life will remind us
that we’re not invincible especially when it comes to our health. Serious
illnesses can develop at any age. People in their 20’s, 30’s and 40’s can have
the same conditions as someone over 65. Luckily, a few of us are fortunate enough
to receive a warning sign and take full advantage of the opportunity to do
something about it. Major choices will have to be made regarding changes to
your current lifestyle, but your determination to live will get you through.
At the age of 36, Jim felt as most people his age did - that
he had all the time in the world and his whole life was ahead of him. He worked
non stop to keep his two businesses going, smoked two packs a day, usually ate
poorly and on the run, had trouble sleeping and was struggling with an
impending divorce, all with their own level of stress. He was constantly under
pressure from all sides. Little did he know all these factors would play an
important role with his health sooner rather than later. One day, everything
changed and life as he knew it would never be the same.
It all began the evening of March 13, 2006 – the same night
the tornados hit
On Wednesday, March 15, we met at his business to check
things out. We walked down the street and looked at the destruction. He
commented a couple time about how tired he felt. Later that day he stopped by
my mother’s house where I was picking up debris. He tried to help a little, but
after picking up a couple branches, felt very weak and decided to stop. After
dinner, he said he was not feeling well at all and did not want to spend the
night but instead go home, even though I insisted on him staying. In my gut, I
felt there was something not right about the way he looked and felt.
On his way out the door, I will never forget the image on his face - there was apprehension in his eyes, like he was worried about leaving. I asked him again to stay, but he insisted on leaving. I talked with him a bit later to make sure he made it home okay; he was home but still sitting in his car in the drive, because he lacked the energy to walk in the house. This worried me greatly.
To be continued....
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