There is a saying among empowered patients: "I may have _____, but _____ doesn't have me." It is our attitude that defines this relationship. Are we the predator, seizing our health in mighty talons? Or are we the prey, cowering in fear of disease's grasp?
At any given time we may be either. At any given time we may be both. Our vulnerability as patients can change without a moment's notice. There are those who are given tools to fight — financial stability, support from family and friends, positive attitudes, health literacy, medical technology, caring and competent doctors, access to needed services. There are those who are less well equipped.
We try our best to plan. Yet, health is fickle. Situations change. We may lose or we may gain. Vulnerability rises and falls like wind currents against which we fight or upon which we soar.
This blog post is part of WEGO Health's Health Activists Writer's Month Challenge (#HAWMC). Prompt: Go to flickr.com/explore and write a post inspired by the image... connect it to your health focus if possible.