I have been banging on in my blogs about the fact that
Well, what has become abundantly clear to me in the past few weeks is how important it is that we also value our personal health and protect ourselves against the unexpected.
It was but two and an half weeks ago when I received a call from my friend's Doctor. The call came through on a private number, which I would usually not answer, but something told me to pick it up. I was glad that I did.
And then I was told, “We have just given your friend some bad news and think it is a good idea if you came down to the breast care center at the hospital to see her now.”
My friend has since been through surgery to remove cancer from her breast and lymph nodes and will find out on Tuesday what the next stage of her treatment will be.
I personally cannot see anything but her perfect health and recovery and have been blessed and humbled to be able to share the beginning of this journey to her recovery with her as a source of support.
Her strength and passion for life has amazed and inspired me.
Nevertheless. The value of health cannot be dismissed.
Financially, poor health can spell disaster.
Without adequate insurance to cover time off work and expenses the cost of illness can financially cripple a person or family who is already going through a tough situation.
Without access to many months expenses in the form of cash one may quickly find themselves in a situation of living off debt or worse.
There are at least three main areas that support your life:
When your health suffers which results in financial strain you put a lot of pressure on your relationships to pick up the slack of support in your life.
Fortunately my friend has a strong support system with many people in her life who have already stepped up to help. Her employer has also told her not to worry about missing work and that she will be taken care of in terms of sick leave.
But not everyone is this lucky.
Although we cannot control or determine the future, the three main messages I leave you with are:
- ensure you have adequate insurance in place, if this can happen to my friend in her early 40s it can happen to anyone, after suffering from a serious illness you will be "virtually" uninsurable for life and disability,
- ensure you have a financial safety net in the form of access to many months living expenses in cash, and
- take care of your health and your relationships as they will help carry you through the tough times.
To your happiness and harmony,
Journey to Abundance