Thursday, November 7, 2013

Thankful Thursday: Modern Medicine

Welcome to the first edition of Thankful Thursday.

I would like to first address all of you folks who think I am being thankful ONLY because it is November, and well, what do you do in November? Be thankful. Well I can tell you that is not the case. I am thankful every day I wake up, every day I take my first step in the morning because it means I am alive!!! I am thankful every day, the thing is, I don't tell people every day. I do believe I am fairly good at letting people know that I am thankful for them. If you haven't felt the love from me recently, well tell me. Furthermore, after discussing this with friends the other night, I can tell you that I love that people are blowing up facebook and other social media sources with their thankful posts daily, simply because I know people are thankful but don't always take the time to express their thanks. What I would say is this... I challenge you to continue your thankful posts and continue to tell people you are thankful throughout the year...

Anyway, on to the real point of today's thankful post...

I watch this TV show called Blacklist. It is a fascinating show, and more appealing to me now because my dad watches it too. It gives us something to text about and chat about while playing Words With Friends. Honestly, I could probably write a thankful post about Blacklist or Words With Friends, but I'll save that for another day.

In the most recent episode of Blacklist, there was a man who was infecting random populations with a very rare disease to raise awareness about the disease and to help him find a cure for the disease. Now this may seem silly, but the reality is, this crazy guy had a VERY good point... Rare diseases are less likely to have cures because the profitability of finding a cure is minimal.

This is where I have to remind myself that it is JUST a TV show, but sometimes my friends and I talk about TV show characters as if they are our best friends... But I digress, the true point is this... Diseases like cancer, especially breast cancer, are more curable today because of research that has been done and modern medicine. I know so many people who have survived breast cancer because of modern medicine.

Now do I wish we could cure everything naturally? Do I wish we could eat healthfully and cure ourselves? Of course; and we can participate in preventative measures to decrease the risk of various diseases, and perhaps even cure some diseases with all natural methods, but let's face it. I know people who have died from diseases because they chose to only use the natural cures. I am not criticizing that method, especially because it is the right course of action for some, but am instead celebrating a method that has saved so many lives.

So if you have a family member who has survived cancer, can still walk even though they have MS, have the chance of living a full life despite having HIV, can ride a bike now because they have new knees, feels better because their depression is at bay... You also have something to be thankful for, and my guess is it is Modern Medicine. I sure am thankful that so many people are blessed with a better quality of life because people are passionate enough and doing the research, while other people are funding said research to save a life!!!

1 comment:

  1. I'm thankful for your thankfulness. You know, thankfulness can be contagious.