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?