Life Lessons

Definitive Treatment

For many not familiar with what this medical phrase means; it’s a form of treatment that is specific, and permanent. As it’s directed at eradicating the root cause of the problem.

It’s treatment that directly addresses the underlying factors, in a bid to make recovery permanent.

The opposite is what we call palliative care.

Now, this is therapy aimed at treating or managing the symptoms in a bid to make a patient feel better.

Like we can probably assume, this is a temporary solution to what might eventually be an ongoing problem.

While both terms are usually used in cancer therapy and management, I’ve found that they also apply to various other things, and spheres of life.

I had a three-year bout with pericoronitis.

A dental inflammatory disease and infection marked by an unending cycle of pain and relief, discomfort…

It could be managed, however, it’s one such condition that is recurrent, but i kept going for palliative care.

Choosing to nurse it and treat the symptoms, instead of going for a definitive treatment, which would have been a surgical extraction of the offending party…

I did eventually go for the definitive treatment, and my life was permanently better off from that decision. But not before the unnecessary prolongation of the pain and suffering.

You know how I always try to pull out life lessons from my experiences…

I discovered that in life, many are nursing cancerous relationships, lifestyles and habits.

Like a tumor, that needs to be cut off completely, not nursed, in order to begin the process of healing and recovery.

Else, it could consume completely. Eating deeper into a person’s life, causing irreparable damage and ultimately destroying something good…

It’s like delaying the “evil day”. It might not hurt now, but it will hurt much more worse later.

Allowing certain harmful or toxic things, habits or even people remain in your life, will be like you keeping a decayed tooth. Simply because it’s a part of you: out of sheer sentiment, not necessity…

Afraid of what life would be like without it, of what changes might occur, and the difficulty that might lie therein…

But you have no idea how freeing and liberating change can be, once you’re past the initial discomfort.

How good it can be for you, to be unburdened from a weight that’s holding you down…

Choosing to lie in the comfort of the known, rather than explore the uncertainty within the unknown…

I admit that change can be quite uncomfortable. There’s safety and comfort in the known. Change becomes a necessity to avoid being stuck in a rut; as a vehicle for progress.

Many expose themselves to unnecessary hurt and pain, claiming they love the source of it, feeling incomplete without that person or thing.

You know something isn’t good for you, please let it go…

All things are lawful [that is, morally legitimate, permissible], but not all things are beneficial or advantageous. All things are lawful, but not all things are constructive [to character] and edifying [to spiritual life].

Someone will say, “I am allowed to do anything.” Yes; but not everything is good for you. I could say that I am allowed to do anything, but I am not going to let anything make me its slave.
1 Corinthians 6:12 GNT

I hope my point has been driven home😊😄…

Love and Grace,

© Zizi 2019


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