This year has been a solidification of a journey that I have been on since I was a young child; improving my self confidence. This personal struggle has been one that I would like to use not only to help myself but others as well. I have been tussling with my self confidence for a very long time and I know that others have as well. To begin, I realize that I have some issues with my self confidence due to my height. The first step to improving my self confidence to realize that my height does not determine who I am; it is just a physical factor.
I must not lack confidence because I am short. I have to accept the fact that I am physically short and that I was made this way. Being short in height does not make me less of a person at all. I must always keep that in mind. A exercise that I will start to do and that I encourage all men and women; is to stand in the mirror everyday and look at yourself and say I am and your name “I am special, I am worthy and I am confident” and then look at yourself in the mirror again smile; and be happy with your reflection and what you see. I encourage everyone who struggles with this to know that no matter how you look or what your size is; to still be confident and be the best person you can be.
This has affected different aspects of my life from my professional to personal. I am at a point now in my life where I am ready to stop letting my lack of self-confidence affect my life but build it up so much; to the point where I can live a full life. Being short is not a bad thing and I have to realize this, and any else who is short and may feel inadequate or lack self confidence. Also, if you are tall, that is not a bad thing either, and no matter what your height is, you must be comfortable with your size and confident. Self confidence is not something that can be gained over night and it takes time build and achieve; but I encourage everyone to stay patient through the process; this includes me.
I am on a journey to be self confident and live the best life that I can. I will be working on it daily and I know that I will get to the place where I can say with affirmation “I am Shakara, I am worthy and I am confident.”
When a person thinks of cancer, they may think of Breast Cancer; which is recognized every October. There are events held, along with it being recognized on social media. There are other forms of cancer; such as colon cancer and lung cancer that may be dear to a person’s heart and thought of on the regular basis.
However, there is one important form of cancer that many may not think of as frequently and that is prostate cancer. According to the CDC, prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer among American men. The cancer normally develops slowly. Most men with Prostate cancer are over the age of 65 and do not die from the disease. The American Cancer Society says that approximately 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime; about 6 and 10 cases are in men that are 65 and older and it rare before the age of 40. For those that do not know; prostate cancer is a cancer that begins in the tissues of the prostate gland. The Prostate gland is just below the bladder and in front of the rectum; it is the male sex gland responsible for producing semen.
I hope that everyone takes this information and uses it to their advantage. It is very important and detrimental that all men get a Digital Rectal Exam or DRE; this is where a doctor or nurse inserts their gloved, lubricated finger into the rectum; to estimate the size of the prostate and feel for lumps or other abnormalities. Another important exam for men to get; is the Prostate Specific Antigen test (PSA); which measures the level of PSA in the blood. PSA is a substance made by the prostate. The levels of PSA in the blood can be higher in men who have prostate cancer. There are about 161, 360 new cases of prostate cancer and 26,730 deaths from the disease; I encourage men of all ages to take these exams; and get as much information as they can on the disease; so that these numbers can decrease. Our fathers, husbands, brothers and friends are very pertinent in our lives; but where will they be if Prostate cancer takes them away?
By Shakara Jenkins
*All information/research in this article is derived from the Centers for Disease Control, Prevention and Cancer Treatment Centers of America, and American Cancer Society.
Author: Shakara Jenkins
Hometown: Tallahassee, FL