Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge Day 27 #HAWMC: 5 Challenges, 5 Small Victories

  • 27 April 2012

It’s Day 27 of the WEGO Health Activist Writer’s Month, in which participants are directed to write each day about a health issue.

Today’s Prompt: 5 Challenges. 5 Small Victories.

Make a list of the 5 most difficult parts of your health focus. Make another top 5 list for the little, good things (small victories) that keep you going.

Finding five of each of these contrasting aspects to health seemed daunting at first. But Ralph Waldo Emerson, the great American essayist, lecturer, and poet, who led the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century, put it all into perspective for me with the above quote. When asked to sum up his work, he said his central doctrine was “the infinitude of the private man.”

Inspired by Mr. Emerson’s insight, buoyed by knowledge from extensive research on health (hence, Dr. Google below), I’m now able to express my thoughts in groups of five, knowing I’ve no limits in life.

The five biggest challenges of my health focus:

1. Stress.

2. Lymphedema.

3. Sleep deprivation.

4. Our pink culture approach to beast cancer. 

5. Survivor guilt.

The five victories that keep me going:

1. Friends

2. Dr. Google

3. Blogging

4. Smiles

5. Humor

What do you see as your current health challenges? Your victories? Do you find it easy to come up with these lists?

  • Marie Ennis-O’Connor (@JBBC)

    Love Ralph Waldo Emerson so any excuse to read a quote by him is most welcome. Your list resonates with me Jan… esp the challenge of stress and also survivor guilt and then of course blogging is the best thing to come out of this experience for me.

  • jhasak

    Your list likewise resonated with me on so many levels. A wealth of poignant quotes can be attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson; I could have chosen many others. Alas, this WEGO exercise is almost at its end. I agree that blogging is the best thing to emerge from cancer’s interruption of life. Thanks for your comment, as always, Marie. xx

  • Catherine

    Dr. Google :)

  • jhasak

    He’s my favorite doctor! xxx

  • Renn

    Jan I thought I posted here yesterday but I see that was all a figment of my imagination! Love all 10 words. Very apropos, the whole lot of them! 😉

  • jhasak

    My imagination gives me fits and starts, too! Thanks for commenting on my word choices. I really appreciate your feedback. xxx

  • yvonne

    Oh Jan, so many of the things on your list ring true for me too. I tried to make a list, but I gave up and went off on another tangent altogether. So difficult to list just 10 things, each of which is just massive.
    P.S. It’s a good thing Dr. Google doesn’t charge!!

  • jhasak

    I know absolutely what you mean about the lists, and I loved your tangent in your parallel post. Thanks for stopping by. xx Jan P.S. And Dr. Google makes house calls, too!

  • Nancy’s Point

    Your lists are very concise. I would have trouble with that. I’m thinking about what I’d put on my lists now…

    For sure one of my “victories” is acquiring friends like you. One of my biggest challenges is living with “uncertainty,” even though in reality I always was.

  • jhasak

    Believe me, it was tough to come up with only one word. I wanted to put an explanation by each one, but decided that the word I chose should be strong enough to speak for itself. I like the victory and challenge you chose. Friends have become invaluable to me, and uncertainty certainly wasn’t at the forefront of my mind until I got cancer. But you’re right: we have always been living with it, just not aware of it. Thanks for stopping by. xxx Jan