LAKE JACKSON — Nothing was off limits when writer and comic Brenda Elsagher recalled her expertise preventing colorectal most cancers.
The 2017 Women’s Health Conference keynote speaker brazenly advised a room of greater than 200 women Wednesday concerning the problem of discovering footwear to match her colostomy bag and even inspired attendees to chant “rectum” 3 times.
“The reason I had you do that is because we shouldn’t be embarrassed about things that happen to us, whether they’re inside or outside. We should never be embarrassed,” Elsagher stated.
Elsagher informed the viewers on the Dow Academic Center about being recognized with most cancers earlier than her 40th birthday.
“In my case, that little polyp that started as a little tiny polyp built to be a golf-ball size tumor by the time I had it looked at, at age 39,” she stated. “Unusual, who knows why — stress probably didn’t help it.”
Meditation, prayer, train, darkish chocolate, music and laughter are a couple of methods she discovered to maintain stress in examine, she stated.
“If you’re choosing something that’s stressful for you, really think that over. Take a deep breath every day. If you’re feeling anxious at work, take a deep breath,” she stated.
She informed a gaggle of associates when she turned 39 she can be on stage doing stand-up comedy when her subsequent birthday rolled round, she stated.
“I’m going to be on that stage for my 40th birthday doing comedy, and my good friends nodded and smiled, as good friends will,” she stated. “And then I put it on the back burner because I had a whole year to work on that, right?”
A hair salon proprietor with two younger youngsters on the time, she quickly realized she had restricted time to pursue the comedy profession she needed.
A pal inspired her to stay it out till she tried out for Twin Cities Funniest Person contest in Minnesota for newbie comediens. Each spherical, she made it to the subsequent spherical and ended up profitable the competitors.
Elsagher now travels to discuss her pursuit of turning into a comic and writing a number of books about beating most cancers.
CHI St. Luke’s Health-Brazosport’s eighth annual Women’s Health Conference additionally included seminars the place women might study immunotherapy for Alzheimer’s illness, health-care choices, health and health, bullying, dietary cooking and different health-related subjects.
“The Women’s Health Conference brings together women, families, community-based health organizations, medical and business professionals, and wellness experts for a day of education, inspiration and fun,” stated Emelda Moreno, hospital advertising coordinator.
Several distributors additionally offered free screenings, consultations and massages.
Stephany Garza is a reporter for The Facts. Contact her at 979-237-0151.