This Guest Post was contributed by Dr. Partha Nandi
I nearly died when I was six years old. I was a normal kid running wild and having fun with my family and friends. Even at that young age, I had a real passion for life. I loved school, sports, music … practically anything that engaged my curiosity and creativity. Then one day, I started suffering from joint pain bad enough that I could no longer do the active things that I loved. Seemingly overnight, I went from a fearless kid running wild and free to one who had lost interest in everything. I didn’t even want to eat.
Fast forward through time and multiple doctor visits to when my mother insisted on finding a specialist. That’s when I finally met the man (and doctor) who I will never forget.
It turns out I had rheumatic fever, a potentially life threatening disease of the joints and heart. During my hospital stay, this unforgettable doctor saved my life with his knowledge, skill, strength and compassion. He was a superhero. My parents, the way they stepped up for me and cared for me, were superheroes. And I wanted to be just like them. They were my very first Health Heroes.
Sometimes, You Have to be Your Own Hero.
I was only six, but I knew what I wanted to do with my life. I wanted to save people who were sick and afraid. I wanted to make them strong so that they could be their own heroes. Forget the capes and x-ray vision. Having the power to be your own hero! This was exciting to me.
It’s what drives me to this day. I want to create a world full of Health Heroes. I want you to realize the power you have to take charge of your health and live your best life. That’s what being a Health Hero is all about. And you can do it! You can make your health a priority. It’s not selfish, and it’s not even difficult.
The moment you recognize that your health matters and you start to implement important life changes is the exact moment you start to become your own Health Hero. You just have to be willing to jump into that driver’s seat and take control.
Take Advantage of Your Power
You can’t control everything that happens to you. You’re going to face challenges and adversity. But when you become your own Health Hero, you take advantage of the power you do have so that you can live your best life.
Here are a few tips that can help shift your journey towards the path you want to be on:
Make your health a priority. How often do you say, “I don't have time?” For most of us, the language around “not having time” is a cue for “that isn't a priority.” When you make your health a priority, you will find the time.
Be kind to yourself. Life is a journey, and it's challenging. Pushing yourself to be the best you can be is good for you but don't sweat it if your best isn't exactly where you want to be yet—you'll get there.
Nurture yourself. Write this one down. Your body and your mind runs on energy. If you're not nurturing yourself the way you need to feel fulfilled, you won't have the energy to be your best and be a priority.
Live the healthy, active and spiritual life you deserve. What do want to get from this life? Spend some time thinking quietly about where you are and where you want to be. Set some mile markers on your path, then set some intermediate steps, then set some incremental stepping stones. Everyday is a tiny step toward your next mile marker.
You can be your own hero! No cape or x-ray vision required.
The light in me honors the light in you. Namaste.
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Recognize that your health is the most important thing. Give yourself permission to make your health a priority.
Advocate. Speak up and ask questions. Don’t be afraid to have an in-depth discussion with your doctor. Be an active part of any decision-making process. Whether for yourself – or someone you love – your involvement is key!
Become your own Health Hero. Take action whenever and however you can. Make your health a priority so that you can enjoy a happier, healthier life!
To remain closer to his family, he chose Ohio State. Partha graduated summa cum laude (Top 1% of the class), a member of Phi Beta Kappa honor society, with a Bachelors degree in chemistry and a minor in classical Greek civilization. Partha also served as the Rhodes Scholar representative from Ohio State.
Partha then traveled to Detroit, Michigan to obtain his medical degree at Wayne State University. At Wayne State, he was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha honor society and graduated in the top 10% of the class. He also completed his internal medicine training at Wayne State University, where he was the intern of the year. He completed his gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Dr. Nandi practices gastroenterology in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. He is the author of several publications in peer reviewed journals. He is a national speaker, educating physicians on various topics within medicine. He is a patient advocate, emphasizing empathy in patient care and treatment of the entire patient, both body and mind. Partha is passionate, empathetic and dedicated to his patients and his community.