Wealth or Health?

By re1ndeer Latest Reply 2012-07-28 07:15:21 -0500
Started 2011-02-25 16:03:04 -0600

Which would you choose if you could choose?

I had a friend ask me the other day (knowing of all my health issues), If you could have all the money in the world or be healthy again, which would you choose?

I had to think on this one, as money could pay my bills and I could do just about anything I wanted.

But, I answered I would like to have my health back. I could do so much more,
and who knows then I could earn money (instead of being on disability) and go out and do other things I've always wanted to do, but can't now because of my ills.

What would you choose? and Why?

81 replies

Set apart
Set apart 2012-07-28 07:15:21 -0500 Report

There's something to think about with this since there are known individuals who spend their lifetime working towards getting rich then They spend the end of their lives dealing with the health problems their wealth has cost them!

I've always been conscious of my health and taken care of myself and when D snuck on me from no where, again it was an eye opener that without your health, living life suddenly has limits! This is why it's so important for us to take care of ourselves, living with D is no joking matter, but if you stay on top of things, you can live life to the fullest!

jigsaw 2012-07-28 07:02:39 -0500 Report

If you have your health, then youv'e got wealth! Many of us are healthier and wealthier then we realize !!!

Steve45694 2011-03-07 18:49:55 -0600 Report

Health is what I choose. Wealth is no good if you don't have health to enjoy it. If your health is so bad that you can't do nothing and you die, you can't take it with you. a good example of this is: "A rich man told his wife when he dies, he wants her to bury all his money with him. So when he died, she wrote a check for the amount he was worth and put it into the casket with him"… lol

jayabee52 2011-03-07 19:02:23 -0600 Report

There's also the one about the crooked lawyer who was dying and wanted to take his money with him when he died. He instructed his wife to take his money out of the bank and put it in the attic of their house.

Well the lawyer died and his wife had forgotten about the money, until one day she was doing spring cleaning. She went to the attic for something and there was the money bag. She looked in the bag and found the money all there. She chuckled to herself, Well the old fool didn't plan going the other direction! LoL!

Steve45694 2011-03-07 19:06:17 -0600 Report

That's a good one, James. Never heard that one before… LOL!

jayabee52 2011-03-07 19:16:52 -0600 Report

LoL! I don't have many on the tip of my brain, but your joke triggered that to come up, so thought I'd share.

Steve45694 2011-03-07 19:23:20 -0600 Report

Thanks, a good one!!! You think of anymore feel free to share… You can start a new discussion, James's joke time, lol!!!

jayabee52 2011-03-07 20:22:40 -0600 Report

actually there are pages and pages of jokes here on DC. (who'd a thunk it!)

Search discussions (click on "discussions" in left border this page) then search on any of these terms: "Jokes", "humor" "Piss & Moan." or probably just "Piss" would get you there, (so many variations of that title). There are also discussions about great "Quotations" or "Mottoes" too.

Steve45694 2011-03-07 20:27:35 -0600 Report

I didn't know that. I guess I haven't searched to hard on DC. I will look around and see a topic that interest me and then I go there and read and then put my opinion in, then it's right back to search and find something else and then I start all over again and never get to far ahead so to speak… I guess I need to search for this and ignore the ones that fancy me, then I'll go back… LOL!!! Did I confuse you? I did myself so don't feel bad…

jayabee52 2011-03-07 21:05:56 -0600 Report

What I do is click the "track" icon on EVERY new discussion. That way when someone replies to it I will see it. I may not reply to it, or even be interested in that subject particularly, but sometimes some of the side-discussions get interesting and I'll want to jump in. (didn't the song say "fools rush in where angels fear to tread" LoL!) Overnight I'll get 20 or 30 tracked items I will need to check out. Not everything is interesting, but eventually something might become interesting. For instance, I want to raise my intake of omega 3 fats, and to do that I bought some flax meal. Something whitetigress said either yesterday or today that Flax meal needs to be frozen to maintain its omega 3 levels. I hadn't dealt with flax meal before, so didn't know that.
I have put my flax meal in the freezer now. One never knows what little tidbits which can be picked up that way.

But between this and answering the emails I get from time to time I DO keep busy here on DC!

jayabee52 2011-03-07 21:20:48 -0600 Report

Thank you steve. I just described what I do, not a prescription for others. Blessings to you and yours, and good night!

tinkertom 2011-03-02 14:27:41 -0600 Report

My husband was having high sugar due to steroids during his stay in hospital and was given insulin . He was diagnosed with a brain tumor which was lung cancer. So needless to say, he has lung cancer and is stage 4. He starts radiation tomorrow for 7 weeks, 5 days a week. I would rather live in a tent and have my health than what we are going through right now. Money can't really buy health!

AchesAwayEmma 2011-03-02 11:17:45 -0600 Report

Can I just say, that in order to be healthy I have to buy my meds, and limited budget makes that difficult even with a cheap drug. I also have to eat better, which costs more and makes living with diabetes/children… a little tougher too. In my case, it's a bit of a vicious circle. I'm self employed, no health ins. of my own. Luckily my husband has full time employment and a family ins. plan. But, if I had my health, those things wouldn't matter. I'm battling it hard though. I was just diagnosed 2 weeks ago, I started eating from the cynthia sass book cinch, and exercising using chalean extreme. As well as supplementing with a product called shakeology. I take 500mg of metformin a day, and I'm increasing slowly to 1000mg. Sunday, my bedtime reading was 79. Last night it was 95. I was diagnosed with an a1c of 5.7, which is technically below standard goal, but I've been watching it for years and it has finally caught up with me.
You can look at the stuff I'm doing…
There is a Kathy Smith ADA approved program here - it's a 12 week program to help you get control. it's called Project You Type 2 - AWESOME!

jayabee52 2011-03-03 12:25:50 -0600 Report

I tried to find the "beachbody" link and it returned a "page not found" error message (tried it twice)

tinkertom 2011-03-02 14:30:53 -0600 Report

I found 2 numbers you might check into. The first one is Free Meds 1-800-783-1001. The other one is Free Prescription hotline 1-800-518-8486. Maybe they can help with your meds. Good Luck

GabbyPA 2011-03-01 11:48:05 -0600 Report

This is a profound question. I would have to say I would choose health over wealth. With my health, I can do most anything. Wealth just makes us want to pay someone else to do things for us. I have had in the past a rather comfortable lifestyle. I did well, but it gets gobbled up in all kinds of ways and you can loose it so quickly. Now, I live comfortable within my means (which are small, but we are happy) If I had my health, things like health care would not be so much on my mind and a source of great stress as right now I have neither wealth or health. I do suppose a balance of both is best...but I still would choose health.

misspat2u 2011-02-28 23:07:40 -0600 Report

My health for sure…wealth is good, but health is better than good. My health allows me to spend great quality time with my grand-children, and of course the rest of my family members and friends; it allows me to give back to the community by volunteering my time, and God has always made a way for me—He has taken the little that I have and made it into more than enough. Health equals time for me, and time is something you can not get back. I choose health!!! I give Glory and Praises to God.
-Ms. Pat

dietcherry 2011-02-28 21:49:53 -0600 Report

Gosh I want to say health but Ive lived with D for so long its just second nature and I have surely lived healthier than I would have had I not had D so I might just take the money! haha ;>

Type1Lou 2011-02-28 14:29:13 -0600 Report

Definitely Health! All the money in the world cannot cure you of Diabetes or many other afflictions. Without health, you could not fully enjoy everything your money could buy. Good health is beyond price!

swanslake54 2011-02-28 12:10:07 -0600 Report

I would definitely choose health, I'm not wealthy but I'm happy, so I know i don't have to be rich to have happiness. My family is so important to me so to be healthy and be here for them definitely wins out. Besides, I know we should take better care of the temple, which affords us another blessing from God.

mas14years 2011-02-27 14:41:49 -0600 Report

For me this is without a doubt an easy choice and I would choose my health. All of the money in the world right now would not change my situation now. Money isnt everything and it is true when they say, "you dont have anything if you do not have your health". I will say though for somebody who is not sick, this may be a hard choice. We always want what we cannot have or do not have, and until you are sick you may take advantage of your health.

Guardianstone 2011-02-26 23:07:35 -0600 Report

I would choose my husbands health, then mine. Of course I can hire a full time medical staff if I had money. I can always put people through college so they can work on the cures, or temp fixes. No payback to me just put someone else through school, and free meds and services for me and mine.
Guardian stone

re1ndeer 2011-02-27 08:13:12 -0600 Report

Would you really hire a medical staff if you had money? But, I see your point, that's how I felt at first. But, like you would want my health back.
Thanks for your reply.

ANN1959 2011-02-26 19:30:15 -0600 Report

Without any thinking about it I would like to have my health back.
I am to the point now where I have to use a walker to get around
and this causes my depression to really kick in. I have been in chronic
pain for about 15 years now and I am only 52 years old. I Pray everyday
and night for GOD to heal my type 2 diabetes and the pain and problems
that come with it.

re1ndeer 2011-02-26 19:36:50 -0600 Report

I too have a walker to get around and a cane. I'm a little older than you, and I understand the pain your in. There is a saying, "God doesn't give you something you can't handle."

And I believe in that saying. I always go one step beyond to help someone with the sames ills as I have.

Thank you for your reply.

Art Loving
Art Loving 2011-02-26 16:37:40 -0600 Report

Everyone have a great weekend. I'm glad I found you. I don't think of myself as a joiner. I will not go to Facebook. Bless you all.

melissa5786 2011-02-26 08:16:39 -0600 Report

I feel that as long as I'm healthy, happy and have my family I have all the wealth in the world. So of course, I'd choose health. Money can only buy so much. The people around you are what you should really treasure.

Harlen 2011-02-25 18:52:38 -0600 Report

Health every time
I dont know as much as we spend on d we would be rich
Best wishes

re1ndeer 2011-02-25 19:07:26 -0600 Report

Yes, if we could take all the money we spend on our medications, we would probably be rich! I agree Health is the best answer.

pixsidust 2011-02-25 17:29:44 -0600 Report

I have been so sick lately. I have a hard time enjoying anything. Money could not repair this but Health could. To get up with energy, work with frevor, and to be able to move with a spring in my step…Wow now that is rich indeed!

kenziesyaya 2011-02-25 16:52:53 -0600 Report

This is an easy question for me to answer. I would choose health. I was diagnosed with bi-polar and diabetes about the same time, it was so severe that I had to go on social security. I do not see why they call it security. If I had my health back then I could have given my child a good life. and provided a treasure trove. Illness steals everything from you, your life, your wealth, your family, and your friends. With health you are able to get out of the house and keep all of this intact. I hope this makes sense to someone other than me. I did not fight my illness like I should have I just thought it would go away.I essentially gave up. Now I am a grandmother and am struggling to be able to play with my grand daughter. I guess what I am saying to everyone is choose health over everything else, it is important. It may take you longer to get the wealth but there are plenty of different kinds of wealth out there. You will be rewarded in the long run. have a blessed day.

re1ndeer 2011-02-25 18:29:35 -0600 Report

I too am a grandmother, I know what you mean. That's why I agree with you. Thanks for your reply.

kenziesyaya 2011-02-26 21:30:11 -0600 Report

I am so glad someone understands. I totally lost my daughters childhood because I couldn't get out and do the things I wanted to with her. I am not going to lose out on my grand daughter. I am truly trying to love life now.

CaliKo 2011-02-25 16:26:26 -0600 Report

Definately health. (Even though I lost my job last week) To live long while feeling well, to see my son grow up and hopefully someday grandchildren. To be able to have friends over and feel up to cooking and entertaining. Money comes and goes. Mostly goes. But it's not important in the big picture.

MewElla 2011-02-25 16:11:33 -0600 Report

There is not hesitation on my part, I would choose to be healthy…

whitetigress 2011-02-25 16:28:27 -0600 Report

I would choose health as well because when you have your health, you have wealth :)… One can be healthy even with a diagnosis of diabetes. Diabetes, when managed properly, and sometimes it is down to an hour at a time, one can avoid the nastier health issues of diabetes" out of control".