Of course, I'm not alone in this. It got me thinking about how many of my family and friends have also had medical interventions we just take for granted these days. Without these, I wouldn't still have my husband, his parents, my sisters, my mother, my littlest niece, my sister-in-law, at least one brother-in-law, and many good friends, not least all those who had emergency surgery for ectopics. Of course, any infertility blog knows that there are many important children in our lives now who would never have made an appearance without modern medicine.
My mother is struggling at the moment, and we're hoping her current treatment will prolong and improve her quality of life. But she had this cancer 28 years ago, and it has only just returned. She has enjoyed most of those 28 years and we've had her for so much longer than we would have had without modern medicine. I'm out of town this week, supporting her through her radiation therapy, and writing this in advance, hoping it will go well.
It is all a good reminder to appreciate what we have, when we have it. And to remember how lucky we are to live in these times and this place.