Last year, I wrote a post about learning at a very young age how important it was to take care of my health, and that by the time I was in my 30s and busier than ever raising kids and working full time, I started making May “me month” so I would remember to schedule annual exams. I have always reminded my friends to make their health a priority and when I got on Twitter nearly four years ago, I started reminding women there to take care of themselves. Because of these reminders (as well as other stories I have written on my blog pertaining to my own health and Wil’s health) I have been asked again to be an Ambassador for National Women’s Health Week and of course, I said yes!
One of the things I love that they’re doing this year is talking about health at every age. Being in my 40s, I have noticed a lot of changes in my body that are new to me. Annual blood tests, gynecological exams, and mammograms have been my peace of mind in knowing these changes are normal. And if I have something suspicious, such as the nodules on my thyroid, I get ultrasounds and biopsies to monitor it for any possible changes.
Our bodies are complicated but getting annual screenings is the greatest thing you can do for yourself to live a long and healthy life. As your Ambassador, I’m here to remind you to take a few moments this week to schedule those annual exams! And if there are new changes you’ve noticed in your health, including your mental health, please take the time to schedule an appointment to talk to your doctor, or to find a low or no-cost clinic near you to get the treatment you need. You, and the people who love you, will be so happy you did.