Men’s Health Awareness Month: When You Don’t Take Care of Yourself

Take Your Ass to the Doctor

November is Diabetes Awareness Month, Impotency Awareness Month, and Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. During this time, I will be bringing awareness to these important men’s health issues from a physical, spiritual, emotional, mental, relational, and financial point-of-view. If you are familiar with my story, I lived with a Type-2 diabetic spouse who chose not to follow the protocol for his illness. One of the results of this decision was an embolism that caused heart failure and a 3-week coma. It was traumatizing, to say the least. In addition to facing the physical outcome of what happened from lack of care, things were said, ties were severed, lines were drawn in the sand, and just overall relationship carnage and devastation were left to our nuclear family and extended families. These events were a direct result of the health choices of an adult male, and they could have been avoided. My story is not unique. I have encountered many spouses/partners who share quite similar stories about the far-reaching ramifications of their partner’s poor health choices on the entire family.

It is because of the foregoing experiences that more light is being shed on the totality of the consequences when men choose not take care of themselves. This campaign is not designed to bash. It is also not necessarily advocating getting on meds without doing the research or attempting to address the issue without introducing substances into your body. Rather, its purpose is to bring awareness and physical, spiritual, emotional, mental, and relational healing wherever possible.

From a physical perspective, Type-2 Diabetes has been found to play a part in both erectile dysfunction/impotency and pancreatic cancer. This is an insidious disease that can hurt many of the major functions in your body if left untreated. During this month, I will be highlight some of the major areas impacted by the disease, such as your heart, kidneys, eyes, feet, nerves, and gums.

From a spiritual, mental, and emotional point, living with this illness has been known to cause depression and there is also a link between Type-2 Diabetes and early onset dementia. We will be touching more on this topics throughout November’s discussion.

Financially, it can become expensive to take care of diabetic medicine and supplies- if you get to this point. Furthermore, you could place your family in a financial situation where they lose your income due to your illness taking away your ability to walk, see, or do other functions required for most jobs.

Relationally, you can find yourself by yourself. It’s really that simple. You cannot expect loyalty from someone when you do not give the same loyalty of not potentially placing her in a worse physical, spiritual, emotional, mental, or financial position due to your repeatedly intentional choices.

I merely am scratching the surface of this topic of men’s health in an effort to help men embrace loving themselves is a major key to living a peaceful life. If you would like to connect with me further, you may find me on Twitter at @NowWithNicole.

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