I have discussed several times in this column about the merits of good communication between you and your doctor. It must always be a balanced interaction. You give your story, and the doctor listens without interruption.The doctor then makes a judgment, and explains everything clearly. You both then enter a discussion phase where either side clarifies any unclear issues. Then you make a combined decision on treatment options. Period.
Enough has already been said about the health benefits of keeping yourself physically active. But the indolent nature of modern lifestyle means that being reminded of the beneficial effects of physical exercises is always worth the effort.
You possibly already know of some medical conditions which have been stamped with the mark of shame by society. Examples are mental diseases, physically disfiguring conditions, infertility, incontinence, and many others. No one really gets a choice of what to get afflicted with. Disease states are a result of many factors, some completely unavoidable.