Yeah, I guess I love ya

April 10, 2007 at 6:51 am (brain, friends, hormones, pituitary gland, tumour)

Every so often something happens that makes you realise all the stuff you have – laptop, car, cellphone, house, money in the bank…all of that stuff doesn’t really mean anything in the grander scheme of things.
Yesterday I got a call from a good friend. After the small talk and catching up on stuff he dropped this little bombshell: he’s having an operation. Not just any old op: He has to have a tumour removed from his brain.
There’s probably no need to panic as medical science has progressed phenomenally but I’m still freaked out. Brain surgery, after all, isn’t exactly having a bunion removed from your toe.
My friend’s tumour is benign, thank heavens, but he still has to have the tumour removed. Problem is, it’s in the big MacDaddy of all glands that control the hormone – the pituitary gland. The entire gland has to be removed to get rid of the tumour.
This means he’ll be on medication for the rest of his life. He’s only 24.
I’m sure it’ll be fine and the operation will be a success but this bit of news made me realise, once again, that you simply can’t take anything for granted.
Tell the people you love that you love them. Live your life with as much gusto and oomph as you can. Get married at 24 if you want because you don’t know if you’re going to reach 28. And if you reach 28 and you don’t want to be with that person, then it’s ok – just move on. Go on that holiday next month because you don’t know if you’re going to have the chance in five months time…you get my drift.
I know I don’t spend enough time with the people I care about. My career is important to me, sure, but the people I love are more important. And when you get news like this, and realise how finite life is, you just have to let those close to you know how much they mean to you.
It’s not easy for me; I’m not that kind of person. So for those (you know who you are) who are on the top end of my People I Love list, know that I do…


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