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Change is in the Air: Musings on Life, Death, and Health

Joan Didion

May I always remember tulips in spring

I am probably having a mid-life something or other. I say “something or other” because it’s not a crisis. It’s more like an exciting opportunity.

Here is the gist of my mid-life something or other. I am turning 65 years old. Both of my parents are deceased. On my father’s side, I am the oldest person alive.  On my mother’s side, I am the oldest woman  remaining. The number of friends who are dying is increasing at a faster rate, and until I join them, that number is just going to go up.

In the meantime, there is now a cure for hepatitis C. Granted, viral hepatitis is still a gigantic problem, and the number of new cases is increasing, but the disease is curable. And with that, I am ready to explore life beyond hepatitis C.

This week I made a small change to my website. Over the coming months, I will make more.  The small change is that I announced my intention to expand the focus of my life and this website (and blog) to include other issues most of us grapple with, specifically,  life, death, and health.

Here are some questions I plan on exploring:

  • What does it mean to be healthy?
  • Can we be in illness, pain, and grief and still be healthy?
  • What are ways we can embrace health, especially when we feel uninspired, lonely, unwell, and out of ideas?
  • Can we talk about death?
  • What are our choices around death?
  • What is fear, and how do we live with it?
  • Are there secrets to life?
  • How do we age well?
  • Can we change, especially when we are older?
  • What does it mean to be fully alive?

There are many other questions. Those of you who have read my blog for the past six years know that I have more questions than answers. And even when I think I have answers, I don’t. I have ideas and I share them, but I am not attached to them.

If you looking for more about hepatitis C, check out my blog at Hepmag.com.  I am not abandoning hep C; I am just expanding my repertoire.

So, if you want to explore issues surrounding life, death, and health, come muse with me. I welcome your questions, answers and comments.

Fellow musers, here’s something to think about: Joan Didion said, “We forget all too soon the things we thought we could never forget.” What do you want to remember?

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