一篇简短的中英双语文章告诉我们什么是生活中的重要，What is the most important thing in life?
A few years ago, after exhibiting a rather odd assortment of symptoms, I went to see a doctor.
15 minutes later I was diagnosed with a progressive, painful, long term, incurable disease that affects, among other things, your internal organs (like the heart and lungs) and is one of the leading causes of complete disability in the United States. (“But, are you certain?” I asked. “Pretty much”, he replied. “I’m sorry”.)
The side effects of the medication prescribed to control the symptoms (such as liver damage) left me questioning if the treatment was worse than the disorder. Not taking the medication early leads to irreversible damage and deformity.
Have you ever felt a full-blown panic attack? Heart beating out of your chest, shaky hands, a stress-induced fever? I felt like that every second of the following four days. I couldn’t sleep more than two hours at a time. I lost half a pound a day.
I arrived a few days later for my second opinion. I went to the lab, drew three vials of blood, then had to wait 7 days.
By Monday evening, I had not slept in four nights. Wednesday morning, I felt like death would be an optimistic outcome. This feeling was more pragmatic than depressive. The disease leaves you crippled. Which meant not only that I’d be in unbearable pain and unable to do anything for myself, but that I’d take down with me the people that I love, who’d have to take care of me. I’d had a wonderful life. Would it be worth living unable to clean myself after going to the bathroom?
I got my blood test results ten days later. They were clean. No evidence of the disease. I cried.
For a long time I continued to have unexplained symptoms. Since then I take my health – what I eat, how I approach exercise – more seriously than ever.
It took about 5 years to feel 100% like myself.
How the cornerstones of our lives are so intolerably fragile.
I’ll say this much: if you have your health, everything else is solvable. Everything.
Health. Health is the most important thing.