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Being healthy is a blessing. Everyone does not have the gift of good or perfect health. Having insurance is a necessity, expensive, but is indeed a necessity. However, just because you have insurance it will not guarantee good health or a long life. Whether you have insurance or not, there are things that each of us can do to make sure we stay healthy so we do not spend all of our hard-earned money going back-and-forth to doctors and purchasing expensive medicine. The bottom line: it is up to us as individuals to practice preventative measures to keep you healthy, wealthy and wise.

Why has this topic now become important to me? This past Sunday, my roommate from 17 years ago, Lisa, passed away after being in a diabetic coma. She was 39 years old. Thing is, she didn't even know she was diabetic. On June 13, 2008 I received my last email from her. She lives in a different state. We kept in touch via email, but we had not had a real phone conversation for two years. She had stated, "That she would be in Atlanta in August and wanted to come see me. She would let me know the date later." Also, she stated, "She had received her Bachelors Degree in October and had started the Masters Program." She indicated, she wasn't sure if she would complete it, but we would see." On August 10, my sister called me to say she had run into Lisa at an art exhibit in downtown Atlanta. She said, "Lisa was in a wheel chair." I thought it was very strange that she was in a wheel chair, and I made up my mind to call her later in the week.

That evening she was rushed to emergency, and went into a diabetic coma and never came out of it. It was Sunday, August 19 that she died. I later learned she was in the wheel chair because she was not feeling well that day and couldn't walk. I’m heartbroken, devastated, and re-evaluating my life, and how everything I do affects my life, health, and finances.

Like me, Lisa worked from home, too. When you work at home it is so easy to get into a comfortable routine of sitting way too much, not taking breaks, and avoiding exercise.  Hearing about Lisa made me realize how precious life truly is, and that tomorrow is promised to no one. Also, it made me appreciate how blessed we are to have good health. And how it is so important to take care of yourself to preserve and extend your life.  

Bottom line: if you truly care about your life, you should do what you can to stay healthy. Make sure you take preventative measures by eating right, exercising, getting your rest, drinking water, and stretching. Your blood needs to circulate. By staying healthy, hopefully, you will not be robbed early of your life, health and wealth before your time.

Sharman Lawson a columnist on Fabulously40, and a financial coach, speaker, and author of the book 12 Steps to Eliminate Debt Forever! Visit her website: [Link Removed]

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