I met a young woman at a health fair. After the chiropractor spoke and his audience trickled out, she went up to him and asked, tentatively, “Is there something you can do about plantar fasciitis? It’s holding me back as a runner.”
“Yes, I can help you.” And they go on to talk about payment options.
At that moment, I wanted to cheer them on. She has found someone who is rekindling her hope of becoming a track star. Yet, my heart sank a little.
She’s in college yet rail thin, with no trace of fat on her limbs. Her face is pale. She is upset that her foot injury is keeping her from training harder. She’s worried that she may have to fall back on her second choice of career, teaching.
Here’s the thing. As she enters her peak reproductive years, her pre-pubescent body will not be ready – may never be ready – to have babies. To become a mother is a woman’s choice, but a choice is based on having options available.
A woman’s body needs some fat – cholesterol – to mature into its healthy normal hormonal rhythms. Some of us never want to have children, but our menstrual cycles affect us all in myriad ways.
Have you ever had a health problem that limited your options? Did you have to reconsider your priorities because of it?
photo credit: Francesco Gallarotti