Hello My Friends,
I have not started a new discussion in a while but I have not forgotten you. While I have had my ups and downs (mostly down) with a life that is not easy, I am learning firsthand how depression leads to an increased vulnerability to other health issues. In addition to depression, I also live with PTSD/Anxiety and am beginning to develop serious stress related health issues.
I am writing you not to further stress you out but to empower you to make a conscious effort to care for yourself fully and comprehensively. It can be easy to focus on a specific aspect of one's health and neglect others. I know because I have been neglecting myself in other areas and being a middle aged woman does not help me.
So, please please please.....take it from me and have your annual medical exams for every part of your body.
When we don't feel our best in one area we tend to focus on that specific area but we need holistic care if we are truly going to be healthy and productive. I come from a family where diabetes, cancer and heart disease are prevalent/fatal and I am disappointed in myself for neglecting my body to ensure my brain was ok.
Interestingly, it's never too late and I have not, so I think, developed anything too serious but I need and you all need to address all medical needs. Two close relatives were just diagnosed with cancer and it's scary because mammograms were not done consistently. One of them also suffers from mental illness and has spent most of her life focusing on her mental illness instead of her entire body.
Let's be proactive because the last thing we need is to suddenly or gradually improve our moods only to find we have to deal with another battle.
God Bless & Hugs Rox~