Post for Women

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… their husbands, boyfriends and partners too.

– Don’t think that because you are feeling ok nothing is happening to your body.
– Do whatever tests your national health service or health insurance allows you to do.
– Ask your physican about mammography and do it regularly.

About three weeks ago a physics teacher in my school woke up and one of her breasts was oozing. She was rushed to hospital where she was diagnosed with breast cancer. A chemotherapy treatment was scheduled. Sadly she didn’t react well to the first session and had a heart failure. For several hours it was uncertain whether she would live or die. She is better now but the doctors say she needs to strenghten up before they can envisage another treatment.

It turns out that this colleague had been negligent in her visits to specialists and breast screening tests for about two years.

I am writing this in the hope that some readers will keep this in mind and remember to make an appointment, remind a spouse to do it or advise a friend or relative.

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20 thoughts on “Post for Women

  1. Oh my goodness. Firstly, waking up to something so alien as oozing must have been horrific enough, without the rest of the following traumas.

    You are correct – health should never be taken for granted and if you are offered screening/check-ups/reviews then they should be taken up.

    Thank you for this reminder.

  2. so sorry about your colleague. In my circle of friends, we talk and joke about he mammograms. In New Zealand, all 45 plus women get free screening. There are ads to encourage women to be screened.

    Right now, I am watching the late Paush who died pancreatic cancer, with his son Dylan.

    The Big C is so scary.

    You are doing a Great job to spread the message,

  3. Cancer certainly is very scary. In addition to detection, work on prevention – eat dark leafy greens, lots of colors of vegetables, and as little white flour, fried oils (even olive oil turns rancid when heated), and sugar as possible.

    I know few people who truly eat a healthy diet. It is one of the only controls we have – we can’t do much about the toxins in the air or change our genetics. For kashrut reasons, I can’t even get wild salmon any more (they found bugs on the wild salmon – can you imagine?).

    • I try to eat as healthily as possible but why is it that when I am tired and stressed I only want food that is “bad” for me?
      Tonight for instance after work and shopping all I wanted was a pizza. I also made a Greek salad but I still ate half a pizza.
      What about frozen salmon, do you think there are bugs there too?

      • It’s not me checking the salmon, it’s the rabbis. They found some, whatever that means. Another topic I don’t understand nor care to understand.

        It’s very strange when taking care of your health conflicts with the bug laws, and the bug laws seem to win.

        I want to send you a link to the Ted talk where they talked about injected people with nutrients to get rid of cancer (and it has already worked in rats). Unfortunately, the scientist said until the treatment is available, one just has to choose healthy food.

  4. What a sad story and a reminder that we women have to remember to take care of ourselves even when we’re wrapped up in taking care of those around us. My thoughts are with your coworker.

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    • I don’t even think I watched the whole thing. It’s one of those things that fascinate me, better and more effective treatment of cancer than the current.

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