I know….a bit of a play on words….but I couldn’t help it. It’s the question that popped into my head after seeing the material for this weeks Bio class assignments. If indeed it was possible to do, to exchange the genes that cause so many inherited and detrimental diseases, should we do it?
This got me thinking (again)…If I had to choose my life (health wise) would I choose a life that wasn’t riddled with heart disease over the current life I have?
Honestly, I would keep things exactly the same. Whether my heart disease results in me living a shorter life, like others in my family. Or perhaps a longer life, with many more years of existence to come, either way, I wouldn’t change anything at all!
Why, you may ask…
I believe that some things happen to us for a reason. After my mother passed away and before encountering my own heart problems, I felt so lost, with no clear focus on what direction I wanted to go in life. But nonetheless, I always felt like I was supposed to influence others in some way…the only problem was, I wasn’t sure how or what kind of influence I was supposed to be. I continued to pray for answers, waiting for them to literally slap me in the face, saying “Here I am! This is what you’re supposed to do with your life!”. Obviously, it doesn’t work that way. A few years would pass before those answers would become clear to me and I would realize what my life’s purpose truly was. Dealing with the ups and downs of this illness as well as helping to take care of my mother when she was sick has taught me a lot about the human heart, health, and most importantly – Life! Now, here I am, a cardiac patient dealing with a poor heart, typing a blog and writing a book in hopes to encourage others to embrace life, to be a positive influence and pushing force, as well as a “teacher”, in hopes to educate. Sharing my experience as both a cardiac patient as well as a caregiver will give hope to others who may face similar situations.
I am sure life would have been far different had I been given a different pair of genes. But then again, I wouldn’t be me.
“I believe that life is a journey, often difficult and sometimes incredibly cruel, but we are well equipped for it if only we tap into our talents and gifts and allow them to blossom.”