Important Health Tips
Date: Tuesday. 8th of March, 2022.
Hello people! How is it going today? You won't believe I thought today was Wednesday. So we've only had Monday this week? Haha. Well, I'm sure you've seen everywhere about today being the International Women's Day and I want to give a big shout out to the women I've met here on read.cash. These women are strong and are working hard to be who they are, be good people and provide for themselves and some, their families. I listed some names, but the list seemed long and I didn't want to leave anyone out by mistake.
Today, being the day to celebrate women, if you know any woman around you, celebrate them. Woman here is not limited to adult women, it also includes young women who are trying to navigate their way in the world.
Today, I'll be talking about health tips women (and everyone) should know. Despite the fact that this will be centred on women, it is for everyone; for a friend of a woman, a father of one, a partner of one, a doctor of one, a brother of one, an uncle of one etc.
Talk to Your Doctor
In a society that teaches women that everything about them and their bodies is taboo, it becomes difficult for women to speak up when they are noticing any abnormal bodily changes. Not just that, a woman who is comfortable talking about her body is seen in a bad light while guys who talk about women's bodies are hardly chastised. This culture has made some women uncomfortable to open up even to their doctors, especially if it is a male doctor. It is important to note that the doctor is not the same boy who laughed at your body or the society who told you you were a secret never to be revealed. This is not saying that you should go around exposing your body, but when you are in the doctor's office, whether male or female, talk to them. The doctors understand and won't judge you, they are just doing their jobs. There's nothing new to them, and you'll only keep suffering if you don't talk to them in detail.
There are some cancers that women are more prone to having such as breast and cervical cancer. While breast cancer happens to both the male and female folks, it is mostly suffered by women. Lots of terminal cases of breast cancer have been reported to be avoidable if it was detected early. I lost my great aunt for the two reasons I have currently pointed out. She never checked for breast cancer and when she noticed a lump, she was too embarrassed to say anything. Her grown-up daughter noticed the already big lump one day when she saw her mum dressing up and forced her to see a doctor but it was already too late. So please, encourage every woman around you, whether young or old, to do a home check for breast cancer.
Google "breast cancer self-exam" for the steps on how to check for possible lumps.
Ps: not all lumps are cancerous but it is best to see a doctor if you notice anything.
Also, breast cancer is more common in people who have reached middle age and above. So, get your mothers, aunties, friends and yourselves to test.
You may have heard this before and chalked it up to being some yoga mantra that doesn't mean much but as a woman, you have to love yourself. This will greatly improve both your mental and physical health. Yes, the society will judge you a lot! They will judge you based on your looks, how you dress, what you eat, how you walk, what you look like and they'll keep telling you to do better. They may go on to dictate how you should live, dress, behave and blame you when someone harasses you even if you follow all their dictates. The truth is even men are judged by their pockets, sexual prowess, physical strength, show of emotions. These things shouldn't be so. We should love ourselves as we are, strive to be the better version of ourselves and give ourselves a pat on the back when we do something right. Also, do not try to see yourself using the lens of another person and do not feel like you're entitled to someone else's earnings.
Happy International Women's Day
Here's to strong women:
"May we know them
May we raise them
May we be them"
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