it is only a phrase which refers to major public health issues. They are major health concerns that affect communities
both from a medical and economic stand point.
So how can we define a personal health crisis? Is there such a thing?
According to the
World Health Organization: “Health is
a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the
absence of disease or infirmity.” https://www.who.int/suggestions/faq/en/
Dictionary.com defines crisis
as: “a stage in a sequence of events at which the trend of all future events, especially for better or for worse, is determined;turning point.” https://www.dictionary.com/browse/crisis
With these definitions I am pretty sure that each one of us can
have a Health Crisis at any point in our lives!
Finding out your blood pressure is through the roof or you have
diabetes. What about cancer, blindness,
paralysis, severe depression. Only you
know if your situation is a crisis!
My “Health Crisis” was the day I had my hysterectomy. Before that moment I was falling; after, I
decided to climb. Do you have the
courage to reverse the fall before you hit the bottom? I did not!!!
I admit my eating habits were far from great and my physical
activity relatively low but not in a way that could, on its own, result in 300
pounds. I turned to MDs saying begging
for help. After several tests they were
banging their heads against the wall as was I.
One gynecologist said “this is not going to result in anything but, it’s
the last guess I have.” I had a biopsy,
the next day pre-op labs and the following day was on the table. Before surgery the surgeon and I sat facing
each other one last time. He said, after
we remove your uterus and cervix we will be able to take a closer look at the
tissue and know for sure if it is cancer or not. If it is cancer we will remove your ovaries
as standard. However, if it is not
positive do you want me to remove the ovaries or leave them. Because I was in severe pain for 10+ years
and I did not want to risk future problems I said, “take them out no matter
what!”. For me that was the ONLY
option. I was desperate for the pain to
stop and I knew if they remained the pain would continue.
That morning I was 34, with a 56 inch waist, unable to sleep,
taking 7 prescriptions, in excruciating pain all the time and suffering from
severe depression. 4 hours later the
situation remained, but my mindset changed.
Finally, a doctor listened to my cries.
I decided to continue the hunt for solutions, questioning MDs until they
provided an answer! One at a time, solutions were discovered over a span of
several years. Now I’m 42, with a 26 inch waist, taking only 1 prescription on
top of my HRT, no longer suffering from constant pain and my depression is under
control. One day, one moment in time,
changed my view of what was possible and that saved my life!