Menstrual Products That Are Good For You (And The Environment) | OPINION

Blood comes out of my vagina every month and has been since I was really young. That means I have used a lot of pads and tampons. All of which has cost me money and cost my planet. Below are a few period products I have come to love, including a few BONUS Yoga-inspired moves (from my favourite YouTubers) that really help for those uncomfortable and painful periods or PMS days.

I love these products because they help me save money, they have a gentler impact on the planet and they all believe in the common cause to uplift and support women and humans with vaginas!

Bamboo Pads

Pads are one of the first menstrual products introduced to humans with vaginas. They’re really easy to use; with an adhesive strip on the back that sticks to the underwear. Most are made of cotton and some have added fragrances or layering. I used pads for most of my menstrual journey. However, the one thing that really put me off wearing pads was the harmful chemicals they leached out into the earth, air and (potentially) oceans after ending up in landfills. According to the OrganiCup blog, conventional pads contain chemicals such as chlorine, rayon and dioxin. I checked out three different brands of pads in my home, the Always and Stayfree brands didn’t have anything resembling an ‘ingredients list’, but the Libresse pack did. Although it didn’t mention the three chemicals listed above, it contained polypropylene and polyethylene. According to the Reliance Foundry blog, polyethylene is great to be recycled, but not suitable to be disposed of in a landfill. Tbh I wouldn’t want the same chemical that is used to make literally every other plastic product near my most sensitive body parts…

The closest answer to my dilemma was the Here We Flo Bamboo Pads. They’re incredibly soft, fragrance-free, cruelty-free, vegan and 99% biodegradable! Plus it’s plastic-free, does not contain dioxins, artificial dyes or chlorine – these pads tick all the right boxes. The pads come in two ‘sizes’: a Day-pad for regular flows and a Night-pad for heavier flow days. I purchased the ‘Combo Pack’ which contains 10 Day and 5 Night pads, so you can easily play around with the absorbency.

Here We Flo Bamboo Pads | Credit: Ethical Superstore

I bought these from my local Clicks store, but you can buy directly from their website (or schedule monthly deliveries to your door!) And if you thought this woman-owned company couldn’t get any cooler, they donate 5% of their profits towards organisations fighting against Female Genital Cutting (FGC) and who aim to provide menstrual products to humans who are unable to afford them (because pink tax is real).

If you’re used to thick chonky pads, these may feel like thin pantyliners to you – and there did come a point when I was not sure if I had put one on or not. Because these pads are really soft, light-weight and non-itchy.

These pads do come with a pretty price though, retailing at R69.99 at any Clicks store. But the quality and assurance these babies pack are so worth every rand! If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative, try the ANNA Sanitary Pads or the Clicks MyEarth Organic Cotton Ultra Normal Pads.

Menstrual Disc

Not to be confused with a menstrual cup! The ‘disc’ and ‘cup’ are both inserted into the vagina and collect the menstrual blood rather than absorbing it. Once the disc is inserted, it fits snug behind your pelvic bone in the fornix (space where the vaginal canal meets the cervix) and you’ll know it’s inside correctly because you won’t feel a damn thing! Check out this Healthline article about the science behind the menstrual disc.

L – Menstrual Cup R – Menstrual Disc | Credit: POPSUGAR

Made from squishy and body-safe silicone, these discs make for a cost-effective and environmentally-friendly product. Some, like the Flex Menstrual Disc, are single-use items. But I got my hands on the Softcup Menstrual Disc, which offers 12 hours of period protection and can be reused up to three cycles!

Before I ventured down the disc drive, I trained myself to be comfortable with the idea of inserting something into my vaginal canal. Coming from a Cape Malay, Muslim family – matters of the female anatomy were not always taught with a hint of celebration and acceptance. So if you’re afraid of having a ‘foreign item’ (a tampon, menstrual disc or menstrual cup) being inserted into your vagina, have a look at this helpful article or this one!

The menstrual disc offers you the freedom to run, swim, laugh, sneeze and cough without the feeling of gushing blood. Plus, you can go to bed completely worry-free.

And just you wait until you discover auto-dumping….life-changing!

This product definitely put me in a love-hate relationship with my body. Hate – my fingers coming out full of blood when I removed the disc. Feeling frustrated when I initially need to insert it. Love – learning that the cervix changes position throughout the menstrual cycle. Knowing where my pelvic bone is. Seeing the actual colour and consistency of my blood. Realising that the vagina is not a scary long tunnel, but another little organ that can do amazing things! Some of the other benefits I found when using the menstrual disc, was that it doesn’t cause dryness, nor is there any unpleasant odour.

Just pinch and insert | Credit: Greatist

When you first use this product, add a pantyliner or pad to your underwear in case of spills or leakages. But once you start using it, you kind of choreograph a special dance with your vagina!

Get your very own Softcup Menstrual Disc via the Clicks Online Store or Takealot.com.

Reusable Pads

Also known as cloth pads or washable pads, are made from cloth and absorbent material. This product takes a very traditional approach to managing a period. According to this Hello Clue blog post, if we look at the time of our grandmothers, during the 1800s to 1900s, many would use homemade cloths made of flannel or woven fabrics that they would need to wash after use. Please do yourself the favour and ask the elderly people in your life just how they ‘dealt’ with their periods.

Soft, comfortable and stylish | Credit: SUBZ

Given the harsh ordeals that many humans with vaginas have to face in South Africa alone, many who start menstruating often miss out on school. This is because of a lack of access to conventional menstrual products and an inability to afford them. They make use of homemade pad-like products using old cloth or leaves or newspaper. Some are forced to make use of previously soiled and dried sanitary towels. Enter the rise of the reusable pad! According to this post on The Conversation, reusable pads are easy to adopt as it takes the same habit of needing to be washed after each use, yet boats a safer, more hygienic and kinder period experience.

Speaking of kindness, many local initiatives that make these pads strive to allow menstruating South African humans to attend school even on their period.

I love my comfortable and secure SUBZ reusable pad. It’s made with 6 layers of period protection which includes three layers of hydrophilic (water-loving) fabric, waterproofing layers and hydrophobic (water-repelling) fabric. The outer cotton-knit feels so luxurious against the skin, it instantly adds a sense of comfort when used. Like traditional pads, these come with wings that clip around the gusset of your underwear.

Now the moment you have all been waiting for – yes, you need to wash them after using them. This is something that I know freaks out a lot of people, but honestly, it’s not that bad or big of a deal. I kind of remember watching a video of a woman boasting about the plant-fertilizing properties of period blood and according to this post on the Pixie Cup blog, this has been a growing trend…so, there’s that!?

Rinse the pad under cold running water, this is similar to those pool deep-cleaning videos. It will help to remove the mucus and tissue on the outer layer. Secondly, wash it thoroughly with soapy water. I prefer using good ‘ol Sunlight soap – mild in fragrance and tough on stains. Finally, give it a rinse through clean water, and hang it up to dry. Easy peasy!

My only gripe with the pads is that it lacks something to really make it sit in one place. Throughout the day, I found that my pad would slide around to the back of my panty as I moved. And I don’t think I was actually alone in the aisle while I awkwardly adjusted myself.

These pads are great for people who want to save months’ worth of money on sanitary items, help the environment and protect their bodies from potentially harmful chemicals. Additionally when you purchase a reusable item from the SUBZ website or stockist you instantly support an organisation that actively fights for the freedom of South Africa, where all menstruating individuals can attend school without shame.

The Standard Pad Self Clipping reusable pad costs R27.20, which is roughly the same as an entire pack of pads. Except this one pad will last you between 3 to 5 years! Another brand you can show some love is Palesas Pads. They sell the coveted Flo Kits, which are like those dried fruit gift baskets, except their packed with everything a menstruating person needs in their life! It comes equipped with a pad-designated washing bucket, a variety of reusable pads, hand-washing sops and white spirit vinegar to make sure you really keep your handy-dandy sanitary towels fresh!

BONUS: Relaxing Moves That Help With Period Cramps and Discomfort – these videos are part of my pain-proof-period arsenal. Cassey (Blogilates) and Sarah Beth (SarahBeth Yoga) have these fantastic videos to keep you going.

#SHADY: The White Rabbit Needs A Chill Pill

Time is a fickle game. It inspires humans to change, to adapt, to reflect.

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Time is such a funny thing. It is funny how it constantly moves, with nature’s limbs and breath acting as a handler, yet it feels so unmoving and still.

In the grand scheme of things, it was ‘just yesterday’ when slavery ended, when cars become functioning essentials. Imam Abdullah Haron mysteriously ‘died’ and the Internet became an additional section to the human brain.

Our world has had a few growth spurts in a truly short time. It must be exhausted – do you feel the same?

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Recently falling part of the mundane (and inevitable) nine-to-five species of human beings, I’ve come to realise just how quickly the world has been conditioned to move. Look at all the inventions that have come to fruition over the span of a few years. We are a curious bunch – always wanting to solve the next puzzle, cure the disease, reach the higher peaks. It’s innate.

But what is the rush?

Are we afraid of some kind of impending doom, that we speedily climb those mountains trying to find some solution to why there are just never enough hours in the day? To go back in our memory so we can make the probability in the ‘I should have said this’ and the ‘I should have said that’ come true? Is time our enemy? Is the concept of time that much of an obstacle in our lives simply because it is the one thing we have failed to control – much like death?

Time is a fickle game. It inspires humans to change, to adapt, to reflect. But our uncertain amount of time given to each of us is scary. Just how many times will you be able to greet your partner ‘good morning’? How many steps do you have left to take? How many tickets do you have left for the ride?

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Why worry?

We have become caught in making this temporary life so grand and luxurious. It’s right, we want to live good lives. Yet, we lose time working for the lavish dream we will never have, arguing instead of resolving our conflicts. Living with regret instead of finding peace. Time is a fickle game, but it is a game nonetheless. So play, and have fun.

The time we are in now is a scary one. Loved ones are leaving us, some suffering in hospitals, families falling apart, and it is a time for us to reflect. Make amends with those around you, finally push yourself to do that small act of kindness you’ve been putting off, write a blog post or some poetry, fall in love with the world around you. Notice the trees that have witnessed the centuries of time passed, speak to old people who have lived through decades of world history. Appreciate the yearly changes that you have undergone…The person you have become.

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Just as the subtle rivers carve the rugged faces of the mountains, your being is gently being pushed along the current of time. Nothing can delay nor hasten it beyond what is written for us. Do not force or sacrifice yourself for the sake of fitting into a conventional box, there is no honour in that.

For the rest of this year, take things in stride, stick to your morals and ethics but do not restrict your game plan, you are capable of playing this fickle game.

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The 2020 Bus Ride: Our Year in Review 🚌

A review of everything we’ve done together on the bus this year.

2020 has been a wild (unexpectedly long) bus ride for all of us: we’ve hit lots of bumps on the road, but we’ve managed to have a little fun regardless.

This year we tried out, and added, a few new things: new, talented writers; new SPOOPY posts for October; posting once a week; lots and lots of poetry and short stories. It’s (semi-) safe to say that 2020 was our fullest bus ride yet and we’re super thankful for that.

To prepare for 2021, and the ideas we’ve got stacked up, here’s a review of everything we’ve done together on the bus this year.

P.S. Authors who do not have their own profiles on GOTB have Italicised names.

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We looked at lots of things we liked

Continue reading “The 2020 Bus Ride: Our Year in Review 🚌”

#COLLAB: It’s going tibia ok: life as a nursing student

As a student nurse having worked in the hospital setting, I truly believe that nurses are the backbone of hospitals and healthcare delivery.

Written by Gafsah Martin

Nursing was never a career path that crossed my mind during my high school years. Medicine, pharmacy, statistics, mathematics, and chemistry were some of the more common career paths that I considered following after matric. This all changed when I completed my job shadowing assignment in Grade 11… and when I received my Grade 12 Term 1 marks (hahaha).

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Deciding to study nursing

Job shadowing a nurse was more of a “last minute option” for me as it was difficult to find companies that would allow me to job shadow someone in the fields I was interested in. But having the opportunity to actually follow a nurse around for the day changed my perspective of nursing, since I had only ever seen it from a patient’s point of view.

The reason I chose to study nursing was because I have always wanted to help others. It may sound cliche but helping others, even in the smallest ways, always gave me a sense of happiness, and I’m grateful that this career path has allowed me to continue to do so.

Ups and Downs of studying nursing

Ups: my favourite part about nursing is working in the hospitals, and making my patients smile and laugh. I never had strong communication skills but working directly with different kinds of people has not only helped to improve my communication skills, but it has also helped me build up my confidence.

Downs: my least favourite part about nursing is breaking the news to family members about someone they have lost. Since I am still a student, I am not allowed to do this myself, but I was always present when the sister-in-charge would do it.

It’s heartbreaking to have to deliver news like this because you can picture it being a loved one of your own and how you would feel in that situation.

Dealing with the emotions of bad news

As a medical student, we are always told not to become emotionally attached to patients. It was difficult for me to do this initially when I worked in the paediatric ward because it hurt me to see so many children who were critically ill. However, I have learned to refrain from becoming emotionally attached and I have honestly never had a difficult time dealing with the loss of a patient.

Studying nursing through the COVID-19 pandemic

Thankfully, I was not placed on the frontline during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic and my last day in the hospital setting was 18 March 2020. For the past few months, I have been safe at home and have had to continue my studies online.

Having to study from home was a big adjustment and it became stressful at times, especially when you’re bombarded with work from all your lecturers at once. I’m sure we can all relate the most to WiFi/data problems and the infamous loadshedding. Luckily, we started returning to our medical campus from 14 September for our practical assessments. It was a different environment to be in and it didn’t feel the same to be on campus anymore. It felt like a ghost town; quiet and empty.

As much as I’m seeing and enjoying this opportunity to spend more time with my family, I definitely miss being in the hospital setting. I miss interacting with other nurses and the medical team, and hearing hilarious, interesting stories from my patients.

Challenges of studying nursing, and resilience in hard times

There have been many tough challenges during my journey as a nursing student and there are times when I feel like giving up and start questioning whether this career path is really for me. I constantly have to remind myself why I chose this path.

Besides helping others, I also chose this career path to teach others that nurses aren’t just “assistants” to doctors, physicians and other medical professionals (because this is what I thought of nurses when growing up). As a student nurse having worked in the hospital setting, I truly believe that nurses are the backbone of hospitals and healthcare delivery.

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Accomplishments and goals in nursing so far

My biggest accomplishment thus far was pushing through and striving to do the best that I possibly could during the 2nd year of my studies, regardless of the various challenges that arose.

I have always preferred to set small daily/weekly/monthly goals for myself rather than have one or more big goals, because what happens on your life journey can change at any time. However, I want to continue to help people in general – not just patients in hospitals and/or clinics that I work at – and to make at least one person smile daily.

One of my greatest goals is to be the qualified nurse that I, as a student, would want to work with.

Author, Gafsah Martin, in her nursing uniform.

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#COLLAB: Practical Ways to Limit Screen Time for Young Children

Many of us can’t imagine a life involving limiting screen time for our kids. However, there are certain benefits in limiting screen time for the development of the child for their emotional and physical well-being. These are a few things that can motivate and guide you to limit screen time for your child.

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Written by Fatima Siddiqa Mohamedali

Many of us can’t imagine a life involving limiting screen time for our kids. However, there are certain benefits in limiting screen time for the development of the child for their emotional and physical well-being.

Below are a few things that can motivate and guide you to limit screen time for your child.

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Having the correct mindset is key.

Just like the passing of clouds in the sky, the length of time your kids are young is limited and will pass by fast. As a result, you want to think about ways to create fond bonding memories for your child that they will remember for the rest of their lives.

Think about your most cherished memories from your childhood and whether they all involved staring at a screen.

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Imagine the concept of creating your own television show for your child.

While cooking, let them watch you (as it’s much better and more relevant than having them watch a television show) plus there are ways for making it interactive and having them help you as well.

Another idea is creating a cleaning and home organizing show for your child (with the option of making it interactive for your child as well). There is so much learning that can take place in engaging your child in your day-to-day tasks.

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Planning is sometimes helpful when wanting to limit screen time for your child.

If there is a workshop/online program catered to your child, see if there is a way you can watch a recording of it on your own. As well, try to extract the core messages in it and adopt a similar learning experience for your child without having your child look at a screen.

Or watch the actual program that you extracted the information from. For example, you can use puppets to illustrate key concepts to a child in a fun way or use a storyboard as well.

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Hopefully by the end of this article you have found some inspiration to come up with at least one way to limit screen time for your child…

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Coconut Water is Disgusting

Coconut water has been a trendy super-water since the early 2000s – and you can thank those yoga-heads for it. But before the sudden health craze, it was an ancient staple for many people living in parts of Southern Asia; where coconut trees produce bounteous harvests in the hot, humid climate. So… it must be amazing right? Actually, I absolutely despise it!

High in Vitamin C, antioxidants that protect the body from free radicals, and a bunch of minerals; like magnesium, calcium and potassium, and those oh-so-precious electrolytes! Coconut water has been a trendy super-water since the early 2000s – and you can thank those yoga-heads for it. But before the sudden health craze, it was an ancient staple for many people living in parts of Southern Asia; where coconut trees produce bounteous harvests in the hot, humid climate.

So… it must be amazing right? Actually, I absolutely despise it!

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Well, I won’t deny that coconut water has a multitude of health benefits. But when I poured myself a little shot glass to taste, my stomach churned and contracted more violently than a bad period cramp once it hit my lips.

‘How do people drink this stuff neat?’

Maybe it was my uncultured palate that was getting in the way of me benefitting from all those minerals? I mean, it has loads of minerals, fibre and vitamins! Of course it must be delicious.

The second swig was just as painful as the first.

I’ve read many positive reviews of the nutty aromas and sweet tasting juice, but my experience could not be further from the truth. It was, to say the least, horrid. A crossbreed between sweaty socks and salt mixed with the dirt the coconut tree grew in. From what I’ve read it is this beautiful marriage of salts and sugars in the juice that hydrate you better than any ‘ol glass of water.

This is my face after tasting it and then asking myself why I bought it! Thought Catalog / Unsplash

And I’m not alone on this, many people across the Internet have no clue ‘why the rave’!? I will give this palates-fanatic favourite a thumbs up for when it is prepared in some way. I used it in a spinach-mint and ginger smoothie, and it added this subtle sweetness to it that really balanced out the earthiness of the spinach and the warmth of the ginger.

So, should you buy yourself a few green coconuts and video yourself in slo-mo as you take a hack at it with a machete? Or even pop in to your local ‘health foods’ aisle and pay a pretty penny for a bottle of this miracle water?

I’d say, if you have the means, the curiosity and the urge to start on your ‘healthy eating’ resolutions mid-year – then go forth and drink, my lovelies! There’s honestly no harm in trying or forming your own opinion after experiencing drinking liquid insides of a baby coconut (yum).

I’ve seen so many differing opinions on coconut water and although this fruit’s water didn’t make me feel like an oranged-tanned bikini beach babe, there are others who swear by its magical properties. I want to know if you have a taste for coconut water or not – share your thoughts in the comments below and feel free to tag us on the socials too.

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#COLLAB: Student Troubles, Triumphs and Tests of Bravery… Part 2

As a first year student I found myself juggling between studies, adjusting to hospital life, and on the side tutoring to primary and high school learners. While filling in my calendar dates of tests, assignments, in-hospital practical tests and tutoring my students, it seemed overwhelming. Now that I look back, I don’t particularly remember being overly stressed or too worried, I just took it one day at a time; I dealt with whatever I needed to as it came.

Study and work

In radiography, as much as there was theory, there were practicals equally as difficult. Part of our practical experience is working in a hospital: second year students spend two weeks at hospital and two weeks at campus. As a first year we were not often exposed to hospital work, but this year I found myself becoming used to the pace and expectations required of us.

Adjusting to school, and then work, was not as hard as I expected it to be. I felt that doing both school and work balanced each other out quite well, but this might have been because we had not yet experienced the peak of the year (due to striking and the current quarantine).

As a first year student I found myself juggling between studies, adjusting to hospital life, and on the side tutoring to primary and high school learners. While filling in my calendar dates of tests, assignments, in-hospital practical tests and tutoring my students, it seemed overwhelming. Now that I look back, I don’t particularly remember being overly stressed or too worried, I just took it one day at a time; I dealt with whatever I needed to as it came.

Quarantine

 I wish all of the best to those who have the virus and those that had loved ones who lost their lives to it.

It has been a very sad reality, especially for us as students working in hospitals. I feel like reality only hit when we were officially told to stay indoors, and fortunately it meant not going to school or work.

The reality of my situation isn’t stressful at all, and I recognize what a privilege that is.  I have access to all our university online sources but I know this is not the reality for most others. Within my course we have not had any online classes, but course content as well as assignments given to us before the quarantine period.

Having motivation to sit with my schoolwork amongst the ‘at home distractions’ is what I am struggling with the most; because we don’t have official due dates or tests it feels like I am just supposed to revise for fun. Revising school content is very important but it is difficult to limit your series and phone time when there is so much free time now.

I have recently tried to be more productive, to be more motivated, whether it be exercise, eating better, painting, baking, cooking, religious studies or recently (trying) reading. I don’t know how that will go; I read two pages, 4 days ago, and stopped.

I also recognize that we should be patient with ourselves and take each day as it comes. With having all this time, don’t feel bad if you have been slightly unproductive. Just do what makes you happy each day – do things that keep you motivated, positive and feeling good. We can all overcome this by the will of God.

To read Part 1 of Student Troubles, Triumphs and Tests of Bravery, click here.

#COLLAB: Student Troubles, Triumphs and Tests of Bravery… Part 1

As a 21-year-old simple, Muslim female, second year Bachelor of science Radiography student, how did I get to where I am – where am I? Well, if you really want to know, let’s start from the beginning:

As a 21-year-old simple, Muslim female, second year Bachelor of science Radiography student and wonderer, I hope that what I have to say is relatable or serves as some sort of inspiration or motivation. How did I get to where I am – where am I? Well, if you really want to know, let’s start from the beginning:

Switching courses

Matric: what an interesting and confusing time for me and, I am fairly sure, the rest of the world. I never understood why, at the mere age of 17 or 18, we had to decide what to do for the rest of your lives. There was not a direct path, or a dream, that I was trying to make a reality, but I had an idea. From as early as primary school days, I wanted to work with people: specifically a hospital setting came to mind.

I decided to apply for Medicine, but here’s the untold and honest truth: I didn’t get in. I then applied for dentistry, pharmacy and other fields that I honestly cannot remember at this point. I finally got accepted into CPUT for chemical engineering and attended school there for about a week – until UWC accepted me.

This led to two years of my life in the world of BSc in Chemical Science, a field I did not imagine myself to be in, and it came with its own difficulties and hardships.  I still had this vision of moving over into another field as I had no idea what I was to do with the degree, and I had no motivation to complete it either.

What I wish I knew then, is that it was a path set for me to learn and grasp university life and engage with people and opportunities. It was not a waste, nor a part of my life that I see with regret. With that being said, by the middle of my second year at UWC I decided to apply for Radiography at CPUT. I wanted a degree or course where I would feel proud of myself, and that I would have pride in.

There were comments and questions like, “wow, two years wasted’’, “I have never heard of Radiography”, “why?” and “we hope you like this next field so that there is not another change”. But the overwhelming support of my parents, family and friends helped me ignore those reactions, because no time is ever wasted and it is never too late to become a better version of yourself.

What is Radiography and why was I so captivated by it?

Radiography is the field focused on x-rays: we are the ones that ask you to say “cheese”, and take images of your bones and more. There are various fields in radiography: ultrasound, nuclear medicine, radiotherapy and diagnostic radiography.

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I chose diagnostic radiography: taking x-rays of bones, CT scans, MRI and images of x-ray fluid in the body (fluoroscopy) amongst other things.  What really captivated me was the interaction with people and the ability to assist someone in need. Radiographers don’t necessarily complete treatments, but we aid the doctor in diagnosing and treating patients.

I then started my second try at my first year of University – the decision to move over was scary. Leaving two years of my life, friendships, study groups, and other experiences, I had to start from the beginning – with nothing. What I didn’t realize was that my past experiences made me more equipped for my next university life and I adjusted quite easily.

Stay tuned for more about Aalias experiences as a student, working in the hospital, and life during quarantine to be continued in the next post “part 2”.