January 24, 2010

January 24, 2010
Wellness Conclusion

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Sunday and I hope you have been having a safe and great weekend. I have been enjoying the beautiful and warm weather down here in South Florida especially since I will be back in north Florida in another week where it will hopefully not be too much colder.

For today's blog, I would like to conclude the series I have been doing on wellness. Kind of wrap everything up into a nice little package. If you have missed the past three or four blogs, I would suggest you read them before reading this one.

After reading the previous blogs, the following are my thoughts as an overview about wellness.

Remember, wellness is more than just taking pills and keeping appointments. It is a holistic approach to improving and maintaining a good quality of life. It involves exercising, eating right, protecting yourself and your loved ones from preventable illnesses, and keeping a healthy outlook. All of these issues require an effort on your part and are not always fun or easy. But the rewards to your commitment to wellness will be tangible and long lasting.

For those of you who would like additional information, there are numerous legitimate resources available for free on the Internet. Some of my favorites include www.thebody. com, www.aidsmap. com, and www.cdc.gov. Be aware that some Internet resources are sponsored by pharmaceutical companies, nutraceutical companies, or others who may be pushing their own personal agendas. If you are unsure of the legitimacy of something you read online, print it out and bring it to your next appointment!

I am a firm believer that everyone should advocate for themselves. So the more research and reading you can do about HIV and AIDS (including any other illness you might have like diabetes, COPD, cancer, etc.); the better you can help the doctors decide what you should be doing. Nothing worse than letting someone else call the shots and not being armed with at least basic knowledge of what is happening in your life!

After all, life is not a dress rehearsal. So get out there and make some memories. For me, that means going on a long walk with my four legged kids and enjoying this beautiful day and weather. None of us know when the final curtain will fall. So be like me and make the best of every day.

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope and happiness.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab