Health Matters

I just found out that a friend has to undergo surgery because of a myoma or fibroid that grew in her uterus. Hearing news like this scares the hell out of me. I used to be afraid of doctors and going to hospitals but I have overcome the fear over time. But still, I can’t help but be paranoid about my own health when I hear other people sharing something negative about their health.

I am particularly concerned with my reproductive health. When I landed my first job, I started scheduling a trip to the OB-Gyne for my annual check-up. This includes breast exam, pap smear and vaginal ultrasound to identify any growths or abnormalities in my reproductive system. So far, the only thing they have spotted inside my uterus was a growing fetus and that surely made me very happy (yes, despite the saddening outcome in the end).

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Love Your Kidney

I attended an intimate event last night and met a young adult (her mom said he’s just 21 years old) who has recently undergone a kidney transplant. I was shocked to hear about it. I mean, he’s so young and yet he’s already had such a traumatic experience. Blaming anybody is futile at this point. The damage has been done and the emotional and financial burden on the patient and his family will surely linger for a very long time.

It was so short a meeting but it left me thinking about my own health. The health of my kidney, that is. The past months, I’ve been eating a lot of junk food. I’m also fond of eating salty and fatty food which are the main kidney destroyers. Ouch. I need to cut my intake of those tempting food.

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Breast Cancer Scare

I just learned from my aunt that a distant female relative had died of breast cancer. I find her death quite tragic and untimely because she was only in her late 30s. From what I gathered, she’d been married but with no children. Actually, her brother was my classmate and buddy from elementary to high school. I immediately sent my condolences to their bereaved family.

If I’m not mistaken, breast cancer is the leading cause of death among women. While fibrosystic breast condition (or the presence of breast lumps and breast pain before and during menstruation) is common among women in their childbearing years, it is still very important that we get rid of this. A breast lump that’s benign at first can eventually develop into a malignant tumor.

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