When was your last health check? Your sign to see a doctor

When was the last time you went in for a full-blown health check? You know, the kind where they check every nook and cranny of your body, leaving no stone unturned. It’s almost like taking your car in for a detailed service, except it’s your body. We need one at least once a year but we understand how nerve-wracking it is. Many of us have this secret phobia about going to the doctor, fueled by the fear of discovering something life-altering. We totally get it. But why do we find ourselves dealing with this fear of getting a health check?

We think that the main concern comes from the idea that the doctor will find some hidden ailment that we’re not ready to face. Yet, isn’t it ironic? Nine times out of ten, the very act of going in early means any issues can be addressed before they turn into something bigger. That’s the beauty of it – being proactive about our health can actually empower us, giving us the upper hand. We completely understand the anxiety around it because, honestly, we’re in the same boat. However, the reality is, even if the doctor does find something, remember this: you will get through it, and you won’t have to go it alone. There’s a whole community here to support you, every step of the way.

So, let’s talk about solutions, especially if you’re worried about the costs that come with health checks–it’s not cheap. Not all of us have the luxury of insurance, but there are ways to make it manageable. For example, we’d consider spacing out the tests. Maybe this month you focus on your heart health, and the next month you deal with dental or vision checks. Prioritizing is key, and most times, our bodies give us clear signs about what needs urgent attention. Please, don’t ignore those cues.

For our ladies, we know how important it is to get regular pap smears and pelvic ultrasounds. Guys, placing that colonoscopy on your to-do list is equally important. It’s all about stopping the assumptions and the self-medicating practices that we sometimes fall into, which could potentially hurt us. The goal here is to be healthy, not to add to our worries.

We want you to know that your fears are valid and acknowledging them can be helpful. Especially if you have a loved one who might be dealing with a terminal illness or might have passed away from one. This might be where your fears stem from. We’re no therapists so can’t say for sure. But this is the part where you need to lean on your support system or maybe talk to an actual therapist. However, we can’t keep running away from health checks. We need them, our bodies need them and our loved ones need us to get them too. They want you alive and well for as long as possible. And, we do too.

Remember, whether it’s scheduling that overdue physical exam or saving some money towards it, taking the first step is often the most essential. And in this journey, you’re definitely not alone.


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