As I close my eyes and drift away to a land where there is love, health, peace and blessings. I wanted to take the time to think and reflect. The truth is that, yesterday Craig Sager passed away. As the world begins to come to terms with this heavy loss, I wanted to take the time to thank everyone in the sports world for taking the time to remember him. From moments of silence to express the sadness of his loss, to moments of joy to celebrate his life. I think that we can all say Craig Sager was truly one of a kind. This was such a heavy loss, but I know that he would want everyone to continue to be strong, to live, be happy, be free, and embrace everything that life has to offer.
Moments of Silence and Joy.
His death reminded me of my cousin in the U. K. She was 4 years old when she was diagnosed with Lupus. This is a blood disease, which is unfortunately circulating through my immediate family. She was always in and out of the hospital for treatment. When she was well, spending two weeks at home without visiting the hospital was considered good . She had dreams of being a nurse. Loved watching films. She had a vibrancy for life. Just after her 16th birthday, she was suddenly hospitalized. She was in intensive care. Her life was on the brink. I decided to go and see her. When I arrived, it was very shocking, and upsetting. I held her hand. During the night, she passed away. The following video clip is a famous poem by the poet Muhammad Iqbal. It was one she loved.
As I think about her death, and her life. I think about the medicines, and the interventions that she received. On the one hand, I am grateful. We are all grateful for the cure that she received. On the other hand, it is very upsetting, because cases like hers will receive trial treatments. Interventions where doctors are also uncertain about the effect.
The same can be said for all medicinal ingredients. There is a certain amount of good that they will do. But there is also this thing called side - effects. So as patients receive treatments for the actual health issue, then they will also receive more drugs to calm the side effects. Anti - depressants that are classified as SSRI - Selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor. These are popular drugs such as Zoloft, Paxil and Prozac. These drugs are said to assist with anxiety, depression, or other mental health conditions actually can do much more harm. They alter the chemical state of the brain. The more these are taken in, the more the natural brain state alters, as the brain gets used to the intake. The same can be said for any addictive drug, as well as nicotine.
Society has become reliant and dependent upon medicine. This is due to life style. Everyone wants a fast cure. If you are depressed, pop the pill etc. No one can afford to miss school, or work. There is an economic consequence to being sick or falling ill. However, it seems like everyone is forgetting, that the body has the ability to heal itself overtime. There are non - medicinal interventions that people can use. For example: A Person who is suffering from depression, may find it easier to take a pill, than to attend an 8 week therapy session. The drug will provide short term healing, along with side effects. The therapy program will require more time investment, but the healing effects will be long - term.
There are many advances in technology. Sometimes medicine and technology will not be enough to cure anyone. Maybe it is time to think about how holistic medicine, and the medical community could work together. Practitioners could form focus groups, to think about methodologies. Ideas could be exchanged, to develop preventative methods that consider the patient first, rather than the solution that will be the most profitable.
Fact: In her life Frida Kahlo had 32 operations on her spine, none of which were able to cure her.
Dedication: The words of this being are dedicated to all, to those who are suffering yet still find a way to smile. To the memory of Craig Sager. We love you and miss you. We will always be Sager Strong, we celebrate your life. Thank you. My thoughts to share with love & kindness! :)
Notes: These thoughts were originally hand written on December 16th 2016
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