Saturday 18 November, 2017

Bajan women urged to take stock of their health

Jamaican sex educator, blogger and columnist Shelly-Ann Weeks at her book launch in Cave Shepherd Broad Street on Thursday.

Jamaican sex educator, blogger and columnist Shelly-Ann Weeks at her book launch in Cave Shepherd Broad Street on Thursday.

Jamaican sex educator, blogger and columnist Shelly-Ann Weeks is continuing to encourage women to change their diet and take stock of their health before it’s too late.

Now her journey has brought her to Barbados to share her story, results and inspiration.

She says weeks before she was scheduled to undergo a hysterectomy to remove fibroids, she switched her meal intake and began eating more fish, fruits and vegetable and the outcome was miraculous - no surgery.

She said that decision saw the fibroids decrease in size and she lost close to fifty pounds. Her story is narrated in her book “I Changed My Diet and I Changed my Life”.

 

Speaking to Loop yesterday during a book signing event at Cave Shepherd Broad Street she said, the book was important to write to tell her story since she knows and has seen too many women suffer either in silence, or make decisions by not taking time to get the correct checks or understanding their bodies.

“I’ve been talking to other women since I have been here, many who have already done hysterectomy, some of them in their thirties and am thinking, ‘It is problematic that hysterectomy is the first thing that is offered in the medical field when it comes to this thing’,” she lamented.

She says the most important thing to her when writing the book was for persons to take away that they need to have all the relevant information before making important decisions.

Weeks applauded the Barbados Family Planning Association (BFPA) for coming on board and offering her support as she brings the message to Barbados with the sale and distribution of her book.

She said having support from your doctor or physician or any medical practitioner in the fight against any illness, disease or condition makes the journey less stressful.

Weeks, who was part of the Grand Market at the just concluded CARIFESTA XIII, said the experience for her was “great”. She tells us that over 120 books have so far been sold and many are requesting that she sends more back to Barbados since the book is inspirational.

Moreover, she is encouraging women to talk among themselves more and share their stories since they can empower each other and can help in making life-changing decisions. She also encouraged persons to strengthen their networks and support systems.

Weeks said in real life for your health you will have to “unfollow” people. She told an audience at the Grand Market, "If you tell friends and family that you are quitting certain foods and behaviours, if they do not respect your decision and still bring those things around, you need to re-evaluate their presence in your life as they are not showing care and consideration."

She urged, “Would you give a diabetic a birthday cake? No! So don’t let people derail you off your journey to a healthier you.”