Category Archives: Life

5 things

This week is Dying Matters Awareness Week 2012, the theme of which is “small actions, big difference”. As part of the campaign, people are being encouraged to take small actions which include:

  • helping someone to write a will
  • showing and discussing one of the Dying Matters films
  • visiting someone who’s been recently bereaved
  • becoming an organ donor
  • documenting your own end of life wishes
  • writing down 5 things you want to do before you die

Some of my friends and family think I spend too much time thinking about death. But because I think about the fact that life will end (hopefully not for a while), it seems so much more precious. So here are 5 things for my bucket list:

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My health, my choice?

I spent this Christmas, as I’m sure many others did, over-indulging in rich foods and alcohol, and barely moving from the sofa. I made choices that were far from healthy, and take full responsibility for the resulting lethargy, bad skin and headache.

But on a larger scale, to what degree is an individual responsible for their health? It is all too easy to label the smoker with lung cancer, the alcoholic with liver failure or the obese patient with heart disease as culpable and look no further. And of course it is true that no-one held a gun to their head and made them smoke, drink, or eat to excess. But this view is dangerously narrow and simplistic. The actions of individuals and their health-related actions must be viewed within a broader social context. We act as individuals but we do not live in a vacuum.

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