Empowering other women-A A +A
Sunday, September 22, 2013
PRACTICING a healthy lifestyle is very important and knowing the risk factors of cervical cancer for both men and women to avoid. When you lose someone you love, the impact on the experience will help you realize the chances you could have done to help.
The struggle and breakthrough of every woman to be educated in cervical cancer would be one option for them to be aware. Silence empowers the disease, speaking up empowers the woman.
Emee Aquino, founder of She Matters Cervical Cancer Foundation Inc., witnessed and felt the heartache when her 41-year old sister died last 2008 due to cervical cancer.
Aquino said, “I mourned for a year. I could not forget the pain she had to go through while dealing with cervical cancer, a disease, which I later on realized, could have been prevented with a regular Pap smear.”
A year of mourning was not healthy anymore, and so Aquino realized of doing something worthwhile, to warn and eventually help other women, other families, so they don’t have to go through the same experience as she and her family did. Thus She Matters was born.
Its mission is to educate both men and women about cervical cancer and to promote self care among women at risk. This non-profit organization, registered with Securities and Exchange Commission in 2010, holds free one-hour forum in schools, offices and different organizations, tirelessly discussing the ways to prevent cervical cancer.
“Involving men is very important as they are the carriers of the virus that causes cervical cancer. A man can pass on the virus from one woman to another, without even knowing it, “ Aquino said. “Besides, every man must have a woman that matters to him, whom he can help by ensuring she gets protected from cervical cancer.”
Because the cause of this disease is sexually transmitted, most of the patients or survivors do not want to talk about their illness. There is a misconception by a number of people that only the promiscuous can get this disease. Not knowing that even with one partner, a woman still can possibly get infected with human papillomavirus if her partner has had other partners either in the past or at present.
Cancer is a battle. You do not care for cancer but you have to fight it to get it out of your system and live your life to the fullest. Having a healthy lifestyle is a way to be happy and energetic in your everyday routine. Make a hobby out of something so you can also discipline yourself in achieving what you want to do in life. Cancer “should not be looked at as” life-threatening, but a motivation in making your dreams and goals in life happen. (Josame B. Israel)
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 23, 2013.