Have you ever met someone whom you could totally NOT imagine yourself being good friends with. Fast forward nearly 3 years later . Well that is pretty much the start of how I met Momentswithr&l.
The age factor
My age played a huge role in the deciding factor of whether I should have a check up or not. Apart from contemplating, I battled with prioritizing my health care cohesively with my financial diet. The truth is 20 somethings don’t too often have their ducks in a row in terms of having accessible cash in case their medical aid don’t cover xyz, Personally I didn’t neither did any of my friends who are on a similar medical aid plan as mine . My previous budget had a savings which allowed me to be flexible for cases such as this . My recent move required my savings to be cashed out . Being realistic and always trying to keep things 100 with you. There are instances where your savings will be maxed and in this case what do you do? Do you just shrug off that unsurity that you have or do you become proactive with your budget? My credit card is meant for emergencies only but we know how the story goes with that initial intention. You tempted to splurge on anything else .
No guys not the Disney animation but my awful deceiving ways,
My short term goals are more of a priority than my long term health. That has pretty much been my lifestyle since entering into adulthood. Chasing goals more trendy like buying that car ,maintaining rentals, being able to travel, live or study abroad etc, but Getting an expensive check up isn’t exactly complementary towards the goal flow.
What are the odds that you could be in danger
When you assume it could never happen to you or question whats the rush you have all the time to get there .Perhaps you buy into The myth that women over the age of 40 should only be examined. A lot of young girls might have this painful or unsure breast tenderness but it’s not too severe so they take light of it. Trust me I was in your shoes if this is you. Shrugging off any unsurity doesn’t add confidence to your well being.
What are the odds of adding more confidence in to your well being
The odds has risen from 50% to 80% At least for me . I feel like I have a few steps to go before I am totally confident with my heath care. I eat as healthy as I can. I eat mostly cooked meals . Getting caught at a mcds or any fast food restaurant is rare. I don’t work out but I do long walks all the time. I am in the process of getting all the things that worry me off my chest for example my breast examination. Now that I have gone through this experience. I would love for you to find confidence in just doing it. There were tons of reasons that enabled procrastination.
This experience has taught me the fundamentals of investing into your health care flexibility. Paying a monthly fee for medical aid is not enough. You have to secure an emergency kit for your health care. Separate from that savings kit that’s flexible for a move,a flight etc,
Encouraging your friends to try and take something away from your personal experience is a beautiful thing.
Benefits of Just doing it
- You are proactive no matter the outcome
- You are bound to learn something new you can share with someone else
- You will feel better about getting it over and done with
The short term goals wont mean anything without longevity in your health care. Being proactive is key .
Personal Budget : Try and save accessible cash in a flexi investment section
- Fnb has this cool pocket saving option that is flexible in South Africa
- If You don’t bank with Fnb visit your bank for info on accounts similar to this
- The Post office have Visa cards you can open from as little as R10 which is great for flexible savings
The following links are helpful for health care budget assistance for a “20 something”
The following links are informative for proactive measures
Since living in Parkmore
I have been living the dream of being closer to work. I may be over exaggerating but hay it has always been #goals to be closer to work. I would often think back about the days I would have to get up at 5:30 am . To catch a bus at 6 am in the Town Center, Mitchell’s Plain. Travel for 1 and a half hours depending on traffic or whether the bus broke down or not . In order to make it for the 8:30 am call time for work. It was rough working till 9 pm in the V&A Waterfront to only get home after 10:30 pm or even later. I know the struggle of traveling. When I moved to Sandton I first lived in Fourways for a while . Traveling from Fourways was such a pain. I dislike William Nicol’s highway . If you google all the incidents that occur there you will totally get why. Living in Rivonia traveling wasn’t that bad but traffic in Jhb is always the Mother of all headaches.
Since Parkmore I don’t travel to work. I am literally walking distance from work, shopping malls, church,recreational parks, the library and my local GP. I have been passing 11th street everyday.
Pink Ribbon Centre on 11th street Parkmore
I had noticed the Pink Ribbon centre while passing 11th street.I assumed it was the headquarters for cancer awareness programs. I never had much interest in the Pink Ribbon Centre until I had the courage to get a breast examination. I went to my local Gp. I got the referral all I needed to do was find a radiologist linked to my medical scheme. I had a few options at Sunninghills hospital and Fourways as well as Parkmore. Going to a radiologist in Parkmore would be super convenient for me .
I googled Dr Mbengo and connected the dots to the Pink Ribbon Centre. Dr Mbengo is the founder and director of Dr Mbengo Radiology Services Inc. and she currently provides Radiology and Teleradiology services.
When you visit the Pink Ribbon Centre’s website. You find clear guidelines to those FAQ’s. Their website is helpful regarding their services, myths, information on their health care professionals etc. I contacted their administrator and got a response within the hour. Every person I spoke to via email or telephonically were helpful and attentive to my scenario. I could arrange an appointment for the next day.
I kid you not I was contemplating the whole thing even though I made the effort thus far. I kept thinking I am only 22 why would I need a breast examination anyway? Read up on my previous post over here
I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I assumed my examination would be the same as a friend of mine. Where they would squash my breast into a machine you know the usual idea of a mammogram. That was what I was preparing my mind for.
The appointment was scheduled. I had an off day I could find no excuse to turn back on my decision to make my health a priority. Procrastination is never good for you. I went still shaky on the idea. I walked into their office and the setting was totally calming. From the decor with pastel undertones. To the warm and friendly hospitality of their staff. The entire team is all women.
Fem powered which really eased my mood. They explained that I wasn’t getting an x-ray scan because of my age and the development of my breast. This was such a relief I was taken to a room to change into a pink ribbon robe. My personal belongings was safely placed into a secure locker. I could keep the key on me and take it with to the room I would have an ultrasound instead.
I met with a health care professional who explained what the procedure would be like. She laid out tissues for the yuckeness of the gel. She explained how I should lay while being examined. My arms above my head. It was really cold that day. The room was well temperature’d for the comfort of my experience.
At this point I was way more comfortable than before. The Dr finally walked in. The moment we have all been waiting for. She was lovely and patient. She didn’t rush the ultrasound. She captured images of the ultrasound. She was willing to answer questions I had. She was honest and sensitive with worst case scenario outcomes. She was confident in my results and placed me on medication and ointment to treat my skin reaction.
Her confidence taught me so much. Especially pertaining to early detection and breast education. Drs of her nature excites you to be proactive. The medication helped so much. Her advice to do a follow up calmed my paranoia.
Their waiting room is gorgeous. There is natural light in the waiting room where you can totally sink in the zeness of the ambiance. You can have coffee or tea. The coffee magazines are updated. You know that annoying feeling where you at the Drs office and reading magazines of 2005 lol nah ah . There were magazines and information cards that are very informative for women. As I waited for my results. They handed a professional package with images of my ultrasound. A professional report of my examination was presented to me and an appointment for a follow up.
Nails on 11th street partnered with The Pink Ribbon Centre for the month of May. Beauty an entrepreneur and owner of the nail salon. Gifted all clients who had examinations done for a treat. I received a voucher for an express manicure at her salon. Which is pretty cool don’t you think? Especially after preparing your mind for the worst what an awesome way to end my experience.
I would definitely recommend women of all ages to choose the Pink Ribbon Centre. This worked in my favor on so many levels. It turned out to be a better option than seeing a radiologist in a hospital setting.
For more about the Pink Ribbon Centre, Look forward to tomorrows scheduled post.
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