This is an actual quote from an honest-to-goodness current cancer patient.
“$511,963.02 – The cost of just SIX treatments of chemo. JUST THE CHEMO. Not doctor’s appointments, surgery for the port, blood tests, scans, MRIs, or the surgery yet to be done.”
Just a tad over half-a-million dollars.
Now, we can debate the rights and wrongs of this statement, and this cost, for forever. We can argue about it being the fault of big pharma, or the fault of the government. We can discuss how the treatment for opioid addiction is so much more affordable because the people spending money on their treatment are the taxpayers, the EMS personnel, etc., because the addicts spend their money on their addiction, their drugs, but cancer patients are spending their money to LIVE, grasping at anything that might extend their life. We could debate and hiss and spit at each other all night about this, but here’s what I’m asking:
How much longer can you spout “eating healthy is expensive?”
How many more excuses can you come up with to delay exercising?
How much more convincing do you need that the current Standard American Diet is failing us in keeping us well?
Do you really think drinking soda and alcohol, instead of water, isn’t going to hurt you in the long run?
What more evidence do you need to make better food choices, start exercising, start drinking water, manage your stress, sleep better, etc.
What more do you need to motivate you to start today to make tiny changes to impove your health?
I’m not suggesting that doing all of the above is a sure-fire way to not get cancer. God forbid that any of us get this dreaded disease. But I, for one, will not go down without a fight. Today, I will have no regrets about what I did that was within my control to be as healthy as I could be.
And today, I will not grumble about the high price of fruits and vegetables and whole foods, because it could be way worse.
I apologize for this rant that I had to get out of my system. We will return you to your regularly scheduled blogginess in a couple of days.
<stepping down off of soapbox now>