I have turned the big 50 this year, yet I have never felt healthier or felt more 'in control' of my life.
This has nothing to do with luck or good genes as I don't believe in the concept of 'luck' and neither of my parents would be considered good role models as far as health is concerned. My father has had a triple bypass and has had a couple of endarterectomies which involves physically removing plaque from inside the carotid artery.
Both have had their gall bladders removed; both have had kidney stones and my mother battles endlessly with digestive complaints and has high insulin levels.
That is not to say that I never battled with any health challenges as I was diagnosed with grade 3 endometriosis whilst still in high school and battled with a degenerative corneal condition all my life which left me partially sighted by the age of forty.
I had a near-fatal paragliding accident in my early thirties which resulted in a broken neck, fractured skull and numerous other less serious breaks and electrical burns.
In my twenties I felt like a victim to my health conditions; particularly where my eyesight was concerned. I was dragged from specialist to specialist each adding their two cents worth but none actually adding any valuable insights as to what the actual cause of my problem was. That is when I realised that doctors do not always have the answers; how could they?