Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Time to be aware....

I know I've been gone for awhile.
If you follow my Instagram or Blog #1 (link up at the top or the side) you've seen that my brother in law passed away one week ago today.
Add in there, my dad had a colon resection ...
let's just say life has kinda sucked lately.
You can check out Blog #1 to read about everything... I won't go into it here.
What I keep this blog for is to stay on top of health & fitness....
So that's what I'm going to focus on today.... because Michael's death made me realize something.  Things taken in excess is harmful....
Michael passed away due to his alcoholism.
I never knew alcohol could do the things it did.
It caused his liver to totally shut down. 
It caused his liver to grow to 5 times its normal size.
It caused his arteries in his esophagus to enlarge so much that they would rupture causing vomiting of blood.
It caused his pancreas to become inflamed causing issues.
It caused his kidneys to stop functioning, even turning against his already shot liver.
All because of alcohol.
Michael was told throughout the years of hospital visits that he HAD to stop drinking or he would die.
I think Michael thought he could handle it....
The excess of it - the lack of moderation - it caught up to him....
Why am I saying this? 

Because I think its so easy for us to take things in our lives that we think will never catch up to us, & we keep abusing it.
We can eat too much...
We can actually work out too much...
We can do things to our body that we never really think is harming it...
It can all effect us....
Alcohol just happened to be what caught up to Michael.
This is just heart breaking to think that Michael could have had control over his situation... but really, he couldn't.  That's what addiction is.
But do I have things I'm addicted to?  I may look at them as something simple but I don't see how it really truly is effecting me.
I think its a good time for us all to look at the things we do, we eat, we drink, we put into our bodies.... take note of it... be aware...
We have so much we have no control over in our lives...
let's be smart & in control of the things we can....

The Blonder Side of Life


  1. So sorry to hear this. It has been a rough wk for you. I hope good things are coming your way considering all that has happened recently. I will pray for you:) -L

  2. I'm sorry to hear about all of this. That is a lot to process! Hang in there...time heals wounds. It's very positive of you to be able to grasp such a valuable lesson from someone that meant a lot from you.

  3. Oh, this is so sad. I'm so sorry. You are right that we can all learn a lesson from this.

  4. Rebecca I am very very sorry for your loss. It is extremely sad when a death was unnecessary and preventable. I agree that many things in our lives are of our own doing, and within our full control. Thank you for the needed reminder to examine our lives, and make things right.
    My prayers and thoughts go out to you and your Family in this very sad time. May God cover you with His comfort and love.

  5. My thoughts are with you Rebecca, I will keep you in my prayers!!!
    I also agree with you, I think things in moderation is really the key. My aunt died from over drinking. I had two other aunts who let cigarettes and drugs take over them.
    I think when we all start enjoying something, no matter, drinking, food etc... We think its okay, but like you said if we aren't careful it can take over our lives and hurt us.
    This is a great post, just about anyone can take some good advice from this!

  6. This breaks my heart and I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. :(
    I hope that you have much more peace and happiness in your life in the coming weeks. ::hugs::

  7. So sorry to hear about your loss. My teacher used to say, "everything in moderation...including moderation." Alcoholism is a terribly devastating disorder. Prayers for peace for you.

  8. I was so sorry to hear about your brother-in-law. As sad as his passing was, I think it's good that you've chosen to learn something from it for yourself. This is a great message, and so true. We ALL have things that we could moderate better and sometimes we just don't see or believe in the effects until it's too late. Thanks for sharing.


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