You Are The Cure
Well, part of the cure.
Have you ever wondered what the mind of a person with some form of non-communicable disease looks like?
If it’s Alzheimer’s, then you might find pieces of their most precious memory
Scattered across the Atlantic,
Helpless, you watch them swim in all directions
Trying to pinpoint that time or that place when…
They never make the connection.
I mean how far can their arms reach
As the pieces float to each quadrant of the earth?
How difficult it might be to achieve a goal
When your vision is clouded by glaucoma,
Mobility restricted by arthritis,
And your right is
Left to the discretion of another.
Constantly treated as the disease
You swell with anger
With no one to vent to.
This is the situation of many living with non-communicable diseases. The treatment of a disease is not only found in medications, nutrition, and exercise; but also in social support. Our responsibility as human beings is to empower each other regardless of the disease that we live with. Remember that “health is more than the absence of disease, it is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being.”- WHO 1948.