You May Be Prepping for All the Wrong Reasons!


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Some of you may have noticed that I haven’t posted a new article on Preppers Illustrated for several months. I wish I could say that I was just being lazy but sadly that’s not the case at all.

As preppers, many of us spend a lot of time thinking about preparing for major natural disasters or something like a breakdown in civilized society.

What we don’t spend enough time preparing for the type of catastrophe that is much more likely to actually happen and that is a major medical condition.

In April, I was fighting a persistent cough so I went in to get checked by my doctor. She prescribed a course of antibiotics but the cough just wouldn’t go away. As a precautionary measure, my doctor ordered an x-ray to check for pneumonia. To all our surprise she didn’t find pneumonia but rather a suspicious mass in my lung.

After all the standard tests were performed, my diagnosis was stage 3 lung cancer. Here’s the real shocker! I’ve never smoked a day in my life. My husband has always joked that I come from “hearty stock” because I’ve always been relatively healthy but here I was faced with something as horrible as lung cancer.

Since the diagnosis, I’ve had one and a half lobes of my lung surgically removed. I’ve been through six weeks of radiation treatments as well as 12 weeks of Chemotherapy.

As far as I know, the cancer is gone but I may never know for sure. I have to admit that I was REALLY unprepared for this particular catastrophe that impacted our lives. Fortunately, we are surrounded by great people who helped us get through our battle.

So, I highly encourage you to take a step back for a moment and forget about all the reasons that you have been prepping. Just for a moment, stop worrying about the possibility of something like a major earthquake or tornado hitting your area.

Now, spend a few minutes thinking about how prepared your family actually is to deal with a life threatening medical condition. If you were to get something like cancer, could your family make it without your help during the treatment? If you weren’t able to work because of a medical condition, do you have both short and long term disability insurance that would help financially sustain your family during your treatment and recovery? What if you were to pass away? Do you have enough life insurance to provide for the needs of your family? These are just a few of the types of questions you should be asking yourself. I’m sure you can think of more that pertain specifically to your situation.

I won’t go into details but I can tell you that I wasn’t nearly prepared enough for when we had our very own doomsday occur in our family. What I can do is encourage my readers to ask themselves this question, which do you think is actually more likely to happen, something like an implosion of our government or you having a major medical condition that could turn your whole world upside down in the blink of an eye?

After you have your answer that would be a great time to start prepping for this entirely new type of doomsday that most of us don’t even think about.

3 Responses to “You May Be Prepping for All the Wrong Reasons!”

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  1. Linda S says:

    Once again a reminder of how quickly our world can turn upside down. Lately I’ve been trying to teach the grandchildren & even my grown kids how to do the simple things I always take care of. Cooking & caring for cast iron, growing & using medicinal herbs, getting stains out of clothes, mending; these are all “grandma mysteries” they tell me they have always taken for granted. Best of luck to you; you have inspired many.

    • Patty Hahne says:

      Thank you very much Linda!

  2. Christy says:

    This is a great article that addresses a topic we rarely consider. Thank you for your insight. Very glad that you’re doing well!

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