What do you think of when you think of New Years? For most people, and I included, think of holiday festivities, family and good times with friends and loved ones. It’s also a time when many people without family or friends feel the pinching pain of solitude. These are the two overriding theme one often thinks about during the New Years. Life, work revolves around this notion of “New Years” and the calendar. We work and aim to finish all before year end so that we may enjoy the changing of the calendar. This New Years, however, I realised that one’s health moves in altogether different timeline. It cares not what day of the calendar it is nor what month it is.
This New Years, an uncle-in-law of mine spent his in a hospital room, lying in bed and missing a limb.
Just a month or so before New Years, uncle had gone to the hospital for a seemingly normal doctor’s visit complaining of leg pain. He had thought it would be some muscle pain that could be cured with a simple prescription from the doctor.
Life would not be so easy.
The leg pain was caused by a tumour. It had spread to his leg and he had two options: 1. continue to let the tumour take it’s course or 2. slow its spread by having his leg amputated.
My uncle-in-law decided to have the tumour removed, the procedure resulting in the removal of his leg.
I cannot imagine, nor will even try to say I understand how it feels to have to make that decision. It’s not easy and a decision that has no right or wrong. Whatever you decide, anything could happen. There is no guarantee that having the tumour removed will prevent its reoccurrence.
What inspires me though is the upbeat spirit of my uncle-in-law who despite having his tumour removed, did not let it put him down. Knowing that his life will never be the same, knowing that he will forever be a changed man, he is still getting up each morning and making the best of each day.
Roughly two weeks after his operation he was hobbing around the house and even took the car out for a short round by his house. He is a fighter. He isn’t letting an obstacle stop him from living his life, and that is an inspiration.
So if you are feeling down, feeling depressed, get off your butt and just simply move to the beat of life.