Posts Tagged ‘cancer awareness’

The Biggest Lie

Hillary Clinton has just told her biggest lie, after collapsing from pneumonia and exhaustion:

“I feel great.”

This is not an indictment of HC (my blog is apolitical). Rather, it’s an indictment of success-driven culture that disallows people to feel like crap when they really feel like crap because we’re afraid of the penalties of not measuring up. How many people go to their workplace/church/synagogue/gym sick for this reason (and infect others, which really gets my goat)?  Being sick does not mean you are weak or incompetent or can’t perform. It just means you are sick, and will usually get over it. Life happens.  People are human.

When the current governor of Maryland, Larry Hogan, was diagnosed with late-stage cancer immediately upon taking office, he didn’t try to hide his illness.  He told his constituents that he was very sick and he would need to scale way back while undergoing treatment, but assured everyone that he was on top of things, that he had advisers and a lieutenant governor he respected, trusted and that have his back, and that he would not desert his post.  The Maryland public followed him through his treatments and chemo-induced hair loss, his campaigns for cancer awareness, his fellowship with fellow sufferers and their families; and by golly he slowly started to get better (he is currently in remission).  He was not “weak” when he exposed us to his travails; he just  refused to raise the possibility of defeat.  Not only was he not punished for stepping back to take care of himself, he is currently enjoying an all-time high approval rating that is not a pity rating; it’s because he is getting things done and cutting across all political and ethnic lines in a state that is hugely Democrat (he’s a Republican) and racially fragile.

But you don’t have to be a politician or a CEO of a multi-billion dollar company.  And it doesn’t have to be a life-threatening illness.  You might be an exhausted mom who just needs a break, or a pregnant woman vomiting her guts out who needs a day off without fear of judgement, or a person immersed in sorrow from a recent loss.

Now go take care of yourself.