"Most illnesses do not, as is generally thought, come like a bolt out of the blue. The ground is prepared for years through faulty diet, intemperance, overwork, and moral conflicts, slowly eroding the subject's vitality."
—Dr. Paul Tournier
We often take good health for granted. I certainly did. It's unfortunate that I had to get a health scare to finally take healthcare seriously. Healthcare is about preventing illness, not about dealing with it when it comes up.
My health scare was a horrible skin condition. When it happened, I first thought "What did I eat or do recently to cause this?" It's been almost a year since the worst point of my health scare, and I really see the truth in Dr. Tournier's words.
My illness wasn't due to something I ate that week or some kind of short-term abnormality in my life. My illness had small symptoms and clues for many many years! It really is the accumulation of years of faulty diet, lack of sleep, stress, conflicts, and poor emotional management. My body had been accumulating illness for years, and it finally reached a tipping point where it couldn't hold anymore. That's when chronic illness "suddenly" arises.
How did I get better? The skin cream from the doctor helped suppress the symptoms, but it didn't solve the root problem. I knew that I didn't want to become reliant on this skin cream for life, so I abandoned it. I spent a long time researching health information, fixing my diet, reducing stress, and resolving emotional conflicts. It took months to finally get better.
I hope you don't make the same mistake as me. Take care of your health while you're healthy. As the common saying goes,
"If you don't make time for your wellness, you will be forced to take time for your illness."