My Family Dies In March

We’ve all filled out those questionnaires’. Whether it’s for a creating a healthy lifestyle regime or for a medical history document, we’ve all filled them out.8587Health_Questionnaire

A conversation I recently had was focused around Vitamin D. We were discussing Vitamin D and the roll it could play in their life in getting through our Canadian winter. You know, feeling energetic, motivated, just happy. Of course I shared some scientific tidbits  as well as my personal journey.

My thoughts went from childhood memories of November and feeling unmotivated and indecisive to downright “lost” during the month of March as an adult. “Lost” meaning more than sad. “Lost” meaning more about the overwhelming sadness that takes over ones psyche.

The conversation that day, lead me to saying, I don’t remember if I declared it out loud or if the bell went off silently within me…… “my family dies in March!”

I have actually been grateful for the low incidence of the “Big C” in my family. Even though diabetes plagued and complicated my Dad’s health, I am well aware of the lifestyle that created the spiral of poor health with him. The genetics that have the greatest influence on me and my health, which they don’t ask in a questionnaire, is from my Dad’s Italian side:

checkmarkDark skin

checkmarkTans easily

checkmarkJoint issues (arthritis)

While most would be celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day or NCAA March Madness we would be grieving. Oh The Ides Of March, my Dad, my grandmother and although one day short (February 28) my grandfather all passed away in March. My family dies in March! Coincidence? I think not.

If not only this “coincidence” but now and for the past several years, starting in September, and on the INSISTENCE and continual reminder from my kids, I personally take optimal levels of Vitamin D to the tune of 6000IU a day!

What health concern do you have?
Are there any coincidences with your family that may get overlooked in a typical medical questionnaire?
Do you enjoy filling out assessments and questionnaires that can direct you to living happier, healthier and possibly longer?

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