I love it when celebrities get major illnesses, especially cancer. Not because I’m some kind of sadist that revels in the pain of others, and not because I’m one of those those people that enjoys hearing gossip about our rich and famous. For I am neither of those things.
The sole and principal reason I get a sense of satisfaction when I hear that someone famous such as Kerri Anne Kennerley has a disease as debilitating as breast cancer is for the publicity. Every time a star hits the headlines for an issue like this, it brings the full weight of the media down on it.
Which means that more people will be talking about, not just Kerri-Anne but also, breast cancer itself. Two ladies sitting around the lunch table talking about their mum, aunty, boyfriends mother etc who have all had it because lets face it, we all know someone that has had to deal with cancer of some variety.
Even blokes talk about it now, we no longer see it as a womans problem. We see it as a family problem, a problem that if not dealt with properly, will have serious consequences for us and our children. And so, even we men are making sure you go for your screenings. We may not be ready to talk about prostate cancer so openly but at least the conversation is increasing.
Belinda Emmett, Kylie Minogue, Olivia Newton John and now Kerri-Anne. All Australian stars that have had to face breast cancer and deal with it’s horrors while under the spotlight of the media.
Approximately 15,000 new breast cancer cases are diagnosed each year in Australia and thankfully nearly 90% live for 5 years or longer. Unfortunately, like Belinda Emmett, there are plenty who don’t survive the journey. Lot’s of wives, mothers and sisters won’t survive the ordeal and their families will be left with gaping wounds in their hearts to deal with long after they are gone.
Fatigue becomes a major issue after treatment as the body starts to fight back. Some of the recommendations for dealing with fatigue include relaxing and getting plenty of sleep.
Gratefully, I have never had to deal with cancer myself, so I can only imagine how hard it must be for a woman, the emotional hub of her family, to try and relax, to sleep while her partner picks up the slack for her. The stress involved for a recovering woman, trying to relax, while watching her husband desperately trying to juggle finances, watching him ever so gradually drive himself towards a heart attack. Yes, it happens.
We live in a country, where we have all the trappings of a first world life and yet we need both partners in a couple to be in active work to keep the whole machine fueled. I believe there is something fundamentally flawed with this but it is what it is.
Unlike car insurance, there’s no legal requirement to own income protection or trauma insurance policies but if you or your spouse got so sick that you needed a year off work to recover, wouldn’t you like to do it without worrying that you’ll go broke at the same time?