Cherish Your Health

Last night, I had a con­ver­sa­tion with a friend about how impor­tant it is to cher­ish your health. Life is extremely tumul­tuous, and in an instance, every­thing can change. I can tell you from expe­ri­ence that get­ting com­fort­able with good health can cause you to miss a lot. Nobody knows if or when they are going to get sick, but if it does hap­pen, you need to be ready. Here are some tips that will help.

This is the most impor­tant tip I can offer. No mat­ter what age you are, whether it be a new­born or a senior cit­i­zen, a major ill­ness or dis­ease can strike at any­time. It’s vital to under­stand that.

I was a com­pletely healthy young adult, liv­ing life reck­lessly, with­out a care in the world. I never stopped to think that some day that could all change. If you would have told me three years ago that I would be a Chris­t­ian and have a ter­mi­nal ill­ness , I would have laughed at you. I thought I was invin­ci­ble, but in real­ity, I was young and ignorant.

Three years later, that is my life now. I am proud to be a Chris­t­ian and liv­ing a whole­some life. It is impos­si­ble to live a sin­less life, but I can try my best. I know that God will accept me for who I am. I now face an unknown future due to my ter­mi­nal ill­ness, but I will never falter.

I can’t.
I won’t.

I look back and wish it wouldn’t have taken me hit­ting rock bot­tom to live my life this way. So I humbly ask my read­ers this: DO NOT take good health for granted. Tomor­row, it might disappear.

This is for every­one. We should all live our lives with the men­tal­ity that regard­less of what hap­pens today, we can make sure tomor­row is bet­ter. I am con­stantly fac­ing adver­si­ties, as we all do. The key is to real­ize that the past is the past and things can only get bet­ter. Hav­ing this out­look when you live with a ter­ri­ble dis­ease is very dif­fi­cult, but I feel it’s even harder for a healthy per­son to do.

Think about the last time some­thing awful hap­pened in your life. Did you think, “Today is the worse day of my life, I don’t think I will ever get over this?” Did you spend the next few days, weeks, or months dwelling on it? If that’s you, think about it from my per­spec­tive. If some­thing awful hap­pens in my life, what if I don’t have another day to get over it? Can I really dwell on what has hap­pened?

No way!

I have to pick myself up, brush the neg­a­tiv­ity aside, and move on.

Every­one should do this!

The point is this. Bad things hap­pen to every­one. It’s life. It has always been that way and always will be that way. So when some­thing bad hap­pens one day, real­ize this; Be happy that you’re alive today, but be thank­ful when tomor­row comes. You never know when it may be your last.


There are so many things in this world that are poi­so­nous to our bod­ies. Alco­hol, drugs, and count­less other things that can destroy our bod­ies over time.

> Here is a sca­nario: After a night of par­ty­ing, you wake up and prob­a­bly don’t feel well. At this point, almost every­one says to them­selves, “I’m never going to do that again!” Not many peo­ple actu­ally stick to that though.
> Now, think about after a night of par­ty­ing, you wake up and you have ALS  (My cousin Robin ), Can­cer (My good friend Vicki), or Bron­chi­oli­tis Oblit­er­ans (my dis­ease). None of us expected to get these ter­ri­ble ill­nesses, but it happened.
> Unlike the hang­over that will go away in a few hours, these ill­nesses are incur­able or take mas­sive med­ical treat­ment to cure. You can choose not to poi­son your­self, but nobody can choose when they might get an ill­ness like ours.

What if moment: What if, all those times I was out par­ty­ing, gam­bling, play­ing video games, and what­ever other stu­pid things I did, I had done the things I had always wanted to do, and now am unable to? Wouldn’t that have been nice?

Sky­div­ing, bungee jump­ing, rock climb­ing, train­ing for a triathlon, just to name a few. All things I could have done, but I wasted time on stu­pid things. Had I real­ized how pre­cious good health is, I prob­a­bly would have accom­plished those dreams. Now, they may never hap­pen (But, I’m sure pray­ing they do!).

So for any­one out there who is the “me” of three years ago, take heed in my words. While you are in good health, accom­plish­ing your dreams is some­thing you should do sooner than later!

I hope these things give every­one some­thing to think about.

* Never take good health for granted,
* Make the next day bet­ter than the last,
* Accom­plish your dreams sooner than later,
* Cher­ish Your Health!!

Fol­low these tips and learn from my mis­takes. I want every­one to enjoy life. At the same time, under­stand that it can all change in the blink of an eye!

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