Health Trumps Money Every Time
She’s my 23 year old daughter (and yes, I’m biased)! I’ve learned far more from her over the years than she could possibly have learned from me. Especially when it comes to living and dealing with health challenges.
Let me explain. Julie has an unusual, unpredictable bone condition that continues to challenge and baffle her super-smart specialists. Not something a mother wants to hear.
Diagnosed 13 years ago, she has experienced 3 surgeries, numerous tests and specialist appointments. Over the last few weeks during her most recent flare-up, she has endured multiple hospital visits and perplexed physicians. Julie’s intelligence, positive attitude and sense of humour in the face of uncertainty have been our saving grace. I can only hope that I would behave with her maturity if I was faced with a similar health challenge.
I would trade all the money in the world to make her better but that’s not how life works.
What DOES work (and which I’m incredibly thankful for) is financial freedom/independence. The ability to make important or life changing decisions without significant financial worries. Knowing that you can deal with your own or loved ones health issues in the best way possible without major money concerns. My husband and I are fortunate to be able to put our time and energy into helping our daughter navigate the health care system to get well. I feel for other families that cannot do the same.
Health is a funny thing. Sometimes we don’t appreciate it ’till it’s gone (just like the song says)! While it’s tough to predict when health problems will occur, it’s a huge comfort in having emergency funds (and/or health/disability insurance) at your disposal. Ready and waiting to kick in during your time of need.
If you’re looking for a new reason to save or get motivated to improve your finances, your loved one’s HEALTH is as good as it gets!
Photo: Julie and I, earlier this summer, enjoying time at the family cottage