It’s that time of year again when we are inundated with pink ribbons, races for “The Cure,” and campaigns to get screened for breast cancer. We hear the tragic stories of breast cancer striking young women. We see statistics stating that breast cancer affects one in eight women and is the number-two cancer killer of women. And we’re taught that to stay healthy we must be on a “seek and destroy” mission filled with tests, treatments, and technologies.
Recently, I spent time with a woman in her 70’s, who is very fit and capable. Nora has had problems with motion sickness (in cars and boats) for most of her adult life, and the occasional bout of vertigo. But over the past couple of years, the vertigo has gotten worse, exacerbated by cataract surgery. Her ophthalmologist told Nora that her brain hasn’t made the adjustment to her new vision. Nora recently fell backwards because of dizziness, while washing windows. This event left her feeling vulnerable and scared — and afraid of falling for the first time in her life.