HEALTH ADVOCACY CORNER
by Lu Sobredo
I have published reflections, memories and thoughts on my health journey for the past four years. HEALTH ADVOCACY CORNER is the latest iteration of a series I published on the topic of autoimmune disease. I mostly wrote about my experience with this crippling disease called Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). The series of articles went under the heading of "My Life with RA." Wanting to advocate for more than my own journey, and for more than RA after undergoing diagnoses and surgeries for other ailments, the title evolved into an expansive advocacy for health in general and for celebrating the journey of living with functionality despite a chronic medical condition. I am happy to introduce the newest series in my blog-- HEALTH ADVOCACY CORNER.
LOOKING BACK SEVEN YEARS AGO I joined my hubby between February to March 2013 in the Philippines, my first time in over forty years since I visited there with my folks now long gone. Hubby, a university professor then before a recent retirement, had already been there for over a month doing academic research and visiting with my family. I felt pain in my right knee. I chalked it up as pain from all the walking; going up and down staircases in my family's homes in the city in Luzon, in town and village in the province of the Visayas; and switching multiple times to and fro in all forms of uncomfortable transportation that left a lot to be desired. Even our family car driven by my cousin, my hubby or a driver did not give comfort because of traffic and pollution (There was no pollution at our beachfront ancestral home in the village but it had staircases).