It is hard to get through the day without hearing the buzz words “healthcare” or “health insurance” as the nation’s government tries to decide how best to keep the country healthy. The term “pre-existing condition” has been on many people’s lips as the debates unfold. For anyone who already has health concerns, this constant press and attention on the cost of treatment may make it even harder to cope with the daily worries and stress that accompany illness. If you find yourself unduly preoccupied by your or a loved one’s illness, you are not alone.
“You saved my life.” Those were the words she spoke as I looked into her water filled eyes. Those four words sent from the bottom of her heart, touched my soul as we connected on a spiritual level. Silence filled the room as I searched for a proper response. I felt a shiver travel up my spine. My eyes watered slightly from the intensity of the moment – a rarity in my office. I replied, “You’re welcome. Your life has value and purpose to me.”
“It’s paradoxical that the idea of living a long life appeals to everyone, but the idea of getting old doesn’t appeal to anyone.” ― Andy Rooney
Yesterday was Christmas Day or at least that’s what the calendar showed. Before 1991, Miss Lib has celebrated Christmas and all the other holidays with her husband and family members. After her husband’s death in 1992, her children left the house. 25 years later, Miss Lib, now 83 yrs old rarely leaves her own home. Coming of age in the Great Depression and WWII, Lib learned self-reliance and fortitude. Lib’s husband of many years died over two decades ago and her three adult children live over an hour’s drive away and seldom visit.
One critically important issue stands out for consideration in the next presidential debate: the mental health crisis facing our country. It’s the crisis we aren’t talking about enough and Americans need to know where their candidates stand on the topic. As you can see, the following numbers are alarming, and many are only getting worse. What plans do the candidates have to address this crisis?