It seems that in the world we live in today, almost everyone personally knows, or knows of someone that is battling some sort of disease, whether it be cancer, lupus, or diabetes, ect. In hearing about their struggles and the way they take life one day at a time, it makes our health worries seem so small in comparison. I find myself feeling almost guilty telling someone that I feel sick with the flu, or a simple cold. So many people are going through much tougher struggles than just having a runny nose and sore throat. With this looming guilt, I’ve noticed that so many people decide to just “fight off” their viruses. I’ve noticed my brother and I both doing this recently. My mom will be able to tell we’re sick, and ask if we want to set up a doctors appointment, but we both respectfully decline. Neither of us has ever brought up this issue of feeling guilty for having a minuscule sickness, but I know it goes without say.
Thinking of this topic brings me to a specific question. Do “normal” people feel guilty for being in good health? I know it must be so hard for a parent to see their child go through a life threatening illness. It seems that the parent would do anything to switch places with the child so that they could be the one to endure the pain. We’re always wondering, “why them?”. But the fact of the matter is, disease doesn’t discriminate. I think with most terminal illnesses, it is just in the way we are made. We can’t choose whether or not we are struck with an illness.
I think as long as we are in good health, we will be thankful, but always feel a guilt for it, a reoccurring thought of, “Why is it them and not me?”.