NOTE: This is a serious post. No jokes in this one.
Yesterday I received the terrible news that one of our friends passed away suddenly and it really resonated with me. I’m not going to act as though we were besties but he was a really good person in all our interactions, we played football together on occasion and he even helped me get fete tickets this carnival. The sense of loss I feel may be disproportionate to our relationship but it’s probably a culmination of all that has been happening recently.
In the last few years I’ve lost a few people close to me to different medically related incidents. Some of you may know I lost my mom to cancer in April 2019 but over the years I also lost a few other friends and acquaintances to things like heart attacks, prostate cancer, brain tumors, kidney failure and tuberculosis.
Some of those deaths could have been as a result of congenital abnormalities that made their bodies ticking time bombs, but some may have also been due to lifestyle choices.
In general men are less likely to do routine medicals or seek medical attention when something appears wrong. Most men are not inclined to listen to the warning signs from their bodies.
Apart from that, most men don’t know or don’t think about the fact that we carry most of our fat internally wrapped around our organs, called visceral fat, as opposed to women who carry most of theirs externally. Which means you can have a 12 pack of abs and still be a health risk.
So the point of this post is to appeal to both men and women to do your medical checkups. Have that painful mammogram or that uncomfy prostate exam. Do those pap smears and colonoscopies. It’s better to know early and still be in the fight than find out that you’re in the final round.
Also, make sure your life insurance policy is up to date and adequate to provide for those loved ones that will survive you if the worst case scenario happens. You should also research critical illness policies as there’s nothing more tragic than getting a terrible diagnosis and not be financially able to stay in the fight for as long as possible. There’s only so may bbq and curry-q you could throw.
Finally, do a living will to prepare your family to make hard choices when things go unfortunately wrong. I can’t tell you how much it helped having all my moms final instructions and following them to the letter.
Sorry for the morbid post this morning but I felt compelled to share a few serious thoughts today.
RIP Wayne Cordner, gone too soon, I’m sure you will be missed and never forgotten.