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Ok, at this point, you would have to have lived under a rock not to know that Republican Majority Whip, Steve Scalise, was shot and critically injured over a month ago at the practice for a charity baseball game.  Through various news reports, we are all, more or less, intimately familiar with the specifics of HIS health​ situation.  And, of course, we are also fully aware of Representative John McCain’s recent health crisis where he underwent surgery to alleviate symptoms directly associated with brain cancer.  As I understand it, his situation is particularly dire, to say the least.

But, can I be honest?

All while this is going on, I’m trying hard to force myself to think about or, more importantly, even care about Steve Scalise’s or John McCain’s respective medical conditions.  This saddens me.

I’m usually a caring person.  I don’t like to see anyone or anything hurt.  I’d almost bring an injured feral cat indoors to care for it.  I even feed the neighborhood birds.  However, these days, in these United States, I’m finding it increasingly more difficult to care about individuals who have proven that they are hell-bent on the destruction of others.

Let’s face it, It takes a special kind of evil to leave a hospital bed—against the advice of your doctors, no less—in order to vote in favor of something that is said to have a potentially catastrophic outcome on the poor.  With that said, I don’t know if Scalise’s vote was needed or not since he was released from the hospital with little to no fanfare.  And do you know why I don’t know?  The reason is simple.  I don’t know because I stopped watching.  I simply unplugged.

For all I know he could very well have voted.  Either way wouldn’t surprise me.  But you see, I have decided not to care about any of it.  For clarification, I have made a conscious decision not to worry, stress or entertain strife in my life.  This, I do for my physical and mental health.  And, you know what, I am happy.  Even in this current, politically hostile climate, I have found a way to be content and worry free.

Don’t misunderstand.  I am well aware of politics and the role it plays in people’s lives.  I am well aware of all the ways the world if breaking down and things are becoming worse seemingly every day.  And I am well aware of the things I need to do to protect myself.  But I’ve determined that I will not allow any of this to break me down.

I pray a lot and cannot tell you how much it helps to keep me grounded.  I suggest you try it too.  Pray to whomever you feel is your Creator, Sustainer or Whatever.  Let me tell you, it sure beats taking loads of drugs (prescription and/or otherwise), alcohol and excessive food consumption in an attempt to self medicate.

Fear, stress, worry, strife and dis-ease can open the door to diseases and other major medical conditions you don’t want or need, especially with the state of healthcare/ insurance being up in the air.

I can say that it’s working for me.  In the face of all that is crumbling around me, I have to confess, I’ve never felt better.

Can anybody hear me?

If you find yourself in the category of individuals who, while watching the News, discover that there is—yet again—a new medical malady to be leery of; if you are wondering if the latest disease has any bearings on your life; if you are wondering what it might possibly “look like on you,” then listen up! Even though you are receiving pound after pound of scary information in vivid detail about what symptoms to look for when assessing potentially life threatening conditions, please note: Some of this information may or may not actually apply to you!

For example, melanoma. Whereas I am certain that individuals of color are sometimes stricken with this terrible disease, I would surmise that the vast majority of individuals afflicted are Caucasian, Asian, white Hispanics and/or other “fair-skinned” groups of people. So why the herd call as if we all have the same risks factors or the same requirements for prevention of every ill? And, when illnesses or diseases truly affect the masses, why are we given one-sided information that tells only one side of the story and gives symptoms for only “some” of the affected individuals? Simply stating that symptoms include “paleness” or even “redness” depending on how richly colored individuals are is insufficient at best! Whereas these symptoms might help Caucasians or other light-skinned individuals,they mean absolutely nothing to individuals of color who will never appear truly “pale” until their conditions have worsened almost to the point of death.

Think of sickle cell anemia. While it does affect people of all races, It would be negligent to discuss sickle cell in catastrophic terms for all races when, in fact, it mainly affects African Americans?

Even if we have overlapping diseases such as STDs and cancers, why not acknowledge racial and ethnic differences and let individuals on all parts of the color spectrum know what they should be looking for on their colored skin? This would be a real acknowledgement that people of color reside on this earth and that different people may have very different needs!

Can anybody hear me?

Though it is quite disturbing to think about, it appears that all sicknesses and diseases are not treated with the same respect or concern. Certain illnesses/diseases, specifically those related to men, are given a higher level of importance than those issues that solely affect women.  For example, men’s issues, such as prostate cancer and/or testicular cancer, are given greater priority in terms of research and treatment options.  Meanwhile, cancers that affect women, such as breast or ovarian, are relegated to fundraisers and the kindness of strangers.

Think about it, have you ever been asked to solicit sponsors to support prostate cancer research or been asked to race for the cure?  No.  On the other hand, in order to keep issues related to women alive, public funding is constantly required…and usually under heavy debate.

This has to end.  We have to realize that no society can survive with only one gender.  Women are of equal importance to men—for the purpose of  procreation/the continued survival of the species at the very least—and thus, our(their) problems must be given equal importance as well.  There is no hope for society otherwise.

Of interest to me is that the U.S. often exposes other countries that treat women as so-called second class citizens, yet I cannot think of a better example of treating women as second class citizens then the healthcare system right here in the United States of America essentially telling women to fend for themselves when it comes to their bodies’ future.  Can anybody hear me?