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When Freedom is Restricted and only Security is a Breath of Fresh Air

Published on 7/31/2016
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When Freedom is Restricted and only Security is a Breath of Fresh Air


Everything can be taken from man or woman but one thing: the last of human freedoms is to choose own attitude in any given set of circumstances to choose one own's way."

Man's Search for Meaning: Viktor Frankle  


This week has been a tumult of emotions as I helped move my younger brother who suffers from Multiple Sclerosis into a full care facility.


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No decision is easy and nothing is perfect, I keep saying to him. Questions remain open with sharp answers that only cut these best intentions, unmitigated. There will be the positives and negatives in every situation where, hopefully, the good moments will supercede the bad. But this free man has now lost his freedom of choice.

I watch my 55 year old brother surrounded by elderly patients, mostly women with varying degrees of dementia also in wheelchairs - one who calls him a hockey player because he is tall and looks strong.


But I know the food is dietary and nutritious, his clothes are branded, his bedding from small hospital-sized bed washed and the room kept spic and span. He has a TV and a computer in his one room.

He is confined to his pod area with no access to the lobby or outdoors. In other words, his basic needs are being met but he has no freedom to go where he wants to go without an assistant. 


So yesterday I received a call from a care aide who said my brother had found out the access code to the front door. Not only did he let himself out but also invited many of the other elderly patients to come out.  "They told me they wanted to leave, too," he said. "I just wanted a breath of fresh air."


This episode put my mind into another tailspin. You can have all your basic needs met -  food, shelter, social caring interaction, medical necessities, freedom from pain, total security and yet, deep down, there was an indominatible spirit that is more than just survival of basic needs.

I couldn't help thinking about how myself and others can have a job, responsibilities, duties and we manage to pay our bills, but is this all in the spirit of existence? Every day you may feel bound to a certain kind of institution, agendas and restrictions.  You choose a business to provide financial security over a sense of freedom and you hope for an indefinite, implied security upon retirement.  


However, at what point can one take in a deep breath and say I am financially free?  Now my ultimate security is my freedom that no one can manipulate. I have achieved my best potential of what I am capable of doing.  


Last week my brother had to say goodbye to his personal freedom where the only security he needs now is to be able to go outside for a breath of fresh air.  

Let's talk about your vision of freedom and security.

Let's also talk about health concerns because that is our primary freedom and security of choice and independence.


Thank you for reading this post - it doesn't make me feel much better but talking may help each other.


Annemarie Berukoff

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PS: I found this health article very powerful.

When your doctor says there is no more hope: The take-home message here is that, no matter what health issue you're trying to address, there is likely a wide array of tools and treatment strategies that can help. This doctor's goal is to catalyze the transformation of the healing system in the world. I can provide information on this website, but ultimately we need clinicians trained in these alternative and integrative methods, so that patients can get expert guidance

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