Angry, but not angry enough for a thread in 101.
Seven years ago my sister got breast cancer, fortunately it was caught early on and so she got it sorted pretty quickly. Last week she was called in to the hospital following a new mammogram ... naturally she was terrified, but thankfully it turned out to be a cyst and so we all breathed a huge sigh of relief.
My sister smokes, drinks, gets into shit relationships, attracts drama, runs on adrenalin and lives a pretty sedentary lifestyle. Her self-esteem is quite low and her friends all seem on the same level to her. My mum was very similar to her, and she died from cancer in 1995 aged 50.
While waiting for her results I realised that this actually really pissed me off. Selfishly I was thinking that I didn't have the mental energy to go through it all again, but what really annoys me is the way that people fuck their bodies up and expect everyone else to pick up the pieces. My sister could have changed her lifestyle after the last episode, but she's quite content to plod through life with the vague promise of "I'll change next week/month/whatever".
I'm not just focusing on my sister though, I know plenty of other people who don't look after themselves, and while I try hard to get it right, I'm also not perfect ...
We're like a nation of lemmings all following each other off the disease cliff. We have an epidemic of obesity at the moment. Diabetes (type 2) is rocketing out of control, heart disease and cancer are the biggest killers and just coping with the mental stress of life is turning us into a nation of drugged up zombies. I believe that it's virtually all preventable and almost always links into lifestyle and diet.
In the meantime millions of pounds is poured into research by profiteering charities and companies with an appalling track record of animal cruelty etc.
So at what point will this stop?
Should we get tough on the people who are quite frankly destroying their own bodies, do they deserve what they get and if so, why are we treating the symptoms and not addressing the causes?
Where does compassion end and practicality begin?