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Woman to woman, okay? And men, too

Sharon Vander MeerBy the time this posts, I will be in the midst of an operation, or in recovery. This is by way of telling every woman to be alert to changes in your body and unusual occurrences for which you have no reasonable explanation. Don’t wonder if that worrisome anomaly is something to be worried about or not. Make an appointment with your doctor and let her or him help you understand whether it is something that needs further treatment.

My anomaly turned out to be cervical cancer and the recommended treatment was removing stuff from my body invaded by this sneaky beast. Fortunately, it was caught early – partly because I have a history of this cancer in my family so I was on the lookout for signs, partly because I’m more scared of what I don’t know than I am of what I do know. The medical team is top notch and I’m confident the next time you see me I’ll be pretty much back to what passes for normal in this upside down world we live in. Okay, maybe not normal, but on the road to recovery.

This message of medical follow-up isn’t just for women. Men are the worst for putting off going to the doctor. It may “be nothing,” but whatever your symptoms are may be “something” that can be treated when caught early. That seems to be the key in the successful treatment of most ailments. Early detection.

I read the other day in a post from Max Lucado, that if you want to put life in perspective, make a list of all the people who will be affected by decisions you make. He was talking about life-altering decisions like cheating on your husband or wife or doing drugs or relying on alcohol to get you through life’s trying times. That same philosophy can be applied to putting off taking care of your health. Make a list of all the people who will be affected if you choose not to seek the advice of a doctor when you know you should. The sicker you are, the more difficult and costly it will be to treat whatever ails you.

Listen, I’m not trying to over-simplify diagnosis and treatment. Sometimes there is nothing you can do, but if you have symptoms and ignore them, you help neither yourself nor your family.

I take part in an online prayer ministry and I’m surprised when people say they’ve been “feeling bad for months,” but are afraid to go to a doctor and find out what’s wrong with them. Their prayer requests may be for healing or for the problem to simply go away. What I pray is that they will let go of fear and beat a track for the nearest doctor or health clinic.

I am a believer in God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. I have no fear of surgery. I trust the medical team taking care of me. And I appreciate prayer. It works. It heads the list of the best medicine has to offer. So, say a little prayer for my speedy return to wellness.
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 I’m stock piling posts, which will appear on a schedule during my recovery. I love to hear from followers and subscribers, so please comment, like and share.

 

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About Sharon Vander Meer (243 Articles)
Sharon Vander Meer is an author and professional writer. Her work is available through online retailers. One Roof Publishing Magazine is an eclectic foray into what the author finds interesting, quirky and fun. To submit an article for consideration e-mail fsvandermeer@gmail.com. In the subject line type SUBMISSION.

10 Comments on Woman to woman, okay? And men, too

  1. Sharon, thank you for this post which is both informative and inspiring.

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  2. Great advice. Prayers for your speedy RECOVERY.

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  3. Praying, Sharon. And thank you for using your story to help us write our own.

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  4. Fred J Salas // September 27, 2016 at 10:21 pm //

    Best of luck to you!

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  5. ktopping2015 // September 27, 2016 at 9:34 pm //

    Thinking of you…in fact your ears should have been burning not too long ago ;). Saying a prayer for you and Bob.

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  6. Karen Topping // September 27, 2016 at 9:32 pm //

    Thinking of you…in fact tonight your ears might have been burning ;), and saying a prayer for you and Bob for sure.

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  7. Carol ditmanson // September 27, 2016 at 8:52 pm //

    Knowledge is so important, Thank you for sharing this Sharon, God bless.

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  8. Sharon, Chuck & I send our prayers your way…glad this is being taken care of
    promptly. No strangers to “procedures,” much less surgeries, we agree with
    your wise words completely.

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  9. Kathy allen // September 27, 2016 at 4:58 pm //

    Healing blessings and prayers coming your way. k

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  10. God speed for a swift recovery.

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