There's a long list of people you don't have to talk about your disease with. Your employer is on that list. Legally, you don't have to disclose shit about your disease. And hey -- if your illness never has and never will affect your job performance, you go on with your bad self, baby. Nobody needs to know your business.
A broadcaster for more than 20 years, Roberts has earned multiple Emmys and done extensive reporting around the globe. After overcoming breast cancer and, five years later, a rare blood disorder, she writes in her memoir, Everybody's Got Something, that she discovered she was much stronger than she thought.
The inaccessibility to health care in Syria is only adding to the death toll of the war. A country that was once envied for its government-funded healthcare system is now only a shell of that, with 60 percent of its hospitals destroyed or damaged, and many doctors exiting the country as swiftly as everyone else.
When it comes to health care and decisions that affect the well-being of millions of Americans, immediacy shouldn't guide reforms or drive policy changes. It's prudent to assess research-grabbing headlines by taking a deep breath, maintaining a sense of perspective and not jumping to hasty conclusions.
This week in Davos, one of the hottest topics cutting through the cold mountain air was health care. The debate has now moved beyond how to best pay for hugely expensive interventions -- that's sick-care -- to true health care for individuals, communities, countries and our planet. At the moment, 75 percent of U.S. health care spending is on chronic, preventable diseases -- many of them related to stress. For example, diabetes now afflicts over 340 million people worldwide. That's not sustainable, so we need to redefine what we think of as successful outcomes, both in health care and in our lives. Health is our most precious natural resource. Whether it's a renewable or non-renewable resource is up to us. (You can find HuffPost Live's on-location Davos coverage here.)
Chronic illness takes many things, but it teaches many things too. I have learned that life should be lived urgently, acceptance is vital to spiritual connection, and that I am more than my body. Power was found in the most unexpected place. Sometimes it takes a thief to show us just how resilient we are.