THE QUICK LIST 10 WAYS TO PREPARE FOR HEALTH CHALLENGES 1 If you have a symptom that alarms you-such as a swollen leg, which could indicate a blood clot-don't wait to get it checked out. 2 Think about how you'll respond to a crisis in advance, such as your child breaking a bone during a sports game. 6 If you're a smoker or a former smoker, talk to your doctor about lung cancer screening. 5 7 Don't think that being a nonsmoker means you can't get lung cancer. Be aware of your risk factors. Know what conditions run in your family and tell your doctor. 3 Whether you're dealing with cancer or another serious illness, know the people you can count on and ask them for help. Be specific about what you need. If you're receiving treatment for a health condition, don't be afraid to ask your doctor a lot of questions. And ask for a second opinion if you want one. 10 Don't live with chronic pain-such as in your back-without seeing if a physician can help you. It's better for your quality of life, and it might uncover a treatable health problem. WANT MORE HEALTHY IDEAS? Check out our winter issue, all about exceeding expectations. 32 FAL L 2018 PHOTOS BY GETTY IMAGES 4 Does your chest hurt? Stay calm, but seek emergency care if you think there's a chance it's a heart attack. 8 9 If you might be in the midst of a health emergency but don't want to go to the emergency department because of the cost, go anyway. Your life is more important than money.