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May 19, 2010 / Lisa Stollman, MA, RDN, CDE, CDN

Take Control Of Your Own Health

Two weeks ago a woman called me to make an appointment for her 50 year-old son.  He has high cholesterol and wanted some guidance with improving his diet.   Being too busy to call on his own, he had his mother do his dirty work.  Alas, he never showed for his appointment last week. After calling his mother she stated that she would get in touch with him and see why he failed to show.  Later I got a call from her saying that he was too busy at work  to keep the scheduled appointment.  The mother called me today and said her son really needs to see me.  His cardiologist is on his case.  I took a few deep breaths and told her nicely that if her son wants to me he needs to call himself.  He has already wasted an hour of my time.  If he can’t take the time now to take care of his own health, what will happen when he has a heart attack?  Mama can’t help him then.  And work can wait. Too often people put work first ahead of their health.  If you don’t have your health, you have nothing.  When you must leave your job due to poor health or death, your name on the door is quickly replaced.  No one is immortal.  Take the time now to improve your health.  Life is good.  Enjoy it!

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