Friday, July 19, 2019
I read in the New York Times that when people are waiting for the results of biopsies, their levels of stress hormone are as high as levels on receiving a bad diagnosis. The article said it’s hard for people to wait for up to a week, and it’s bad for their health. As a result of unavoidable circumstances, I’ve got my good result after 3.5 weeks.
The symptom I had by itself was rather trivial, but I learnt that I should do something and I didn’t. It was an embarrassing symptom so I stuck my head in the sand for a long time. Now I realize that the energy used to put my head in the sand was enormous - much greater than was needed to sort it out.
The problem was picked up on an annual work health check which we are forced to have in Japan. If it hadn’t been picked up, I wonder how long I would have continued to procrastinate. The literal translation of what the doctor said was one stage before cancer.
I’ve learnt so many other valuable lessons as well from this experience, but this is enough for now. I’m going to take a nap!