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Describe a time when you suffered from disease/ sickness (Part 2/3)

IELTS Speaking – Part 2

Describe a time when you suffered from disease/ sickness

You should say:

● What it was

● What problems it caused you

● What you did to control it

● And explain how you felt about this health problem

Sample Answer

It is undeniable that human beings are prone to diseases and ailments at different phases in their lives, and staying healthy is not an option but a necessity to live a stress-free life. Here, I’d like to talk about a time when I suffered from sickness. I would feel under the weather very rarely, and this happened a couple of years ago when we were heading back from a wedding in Pune to our home in Kolkata. I was fatigued after a 5-hour flight, so I skipped my dinner and slept right away. But at around 3 am, I had a severe cramp and could not bear the pain. My body was completely chilled. I complained about it to my parents, who immediately rushed me to the hospital. After a thorough examination, the doctor opined that I had developed acute appendicitis, which could be removed by minor surgery. Before being diagnosed with appendicitis, I felt a severe stomach ache now and then, followed by pain in the belly button, nausea and vomiting. But since I had no idea about appendicitis, I approached my pharmacist friend, who suggested some pain killers and injections. Although I didn’t develop the same symptoms again, I wasn’t able to control the pain after reaching my home from Pune. So, I did some home remedies to relieve the pain. But it only got worse. Consequently, I decided to consult the doctor and opt for surgery. Overall, it was a very tough time, and the unbearable pain and suffering made me change my food habits; I realized that health is wealth and that a balanced work-life can surely make a big difference to our mind and body.


  • Undeniable
    Meaning: unable to be denied or disputed.
    Eg: It is undeniable that the government is making efforts to ensure people’s safety.
  • Stress-free
    Meaning: Not causing or feeling any stress
    Eg: Everyone aspires for a stress-free life.
  • Cramp
    Meaning: painful involuntary contraction of a muscle or muscles, typically caused by fatigue or strain.
    Eg: Rose had a severe cramp, so she didn’t attend the class.
  • Relieve
    Meaning: cause (pain, distress, or difficulty) to become less severe or serious.
    Eg: My grandmother gave me a herbal drink to relieve the pain.
  • Surgery
    Meaning: medical or dental specialty that uses operative manual and instrumental techniques on a person to investigate or treat a pathological condition.
    Eg: Meera had an open heart surgery.

IELTS Speaking – Part 3

  1. What is the role of the government in promoting healthcare?
    I am certain that the government has a vital role to play in the promotion of healthcare. It is, in reality, their obligation to educate people about health and encourage them to live a healthy lifestyle. More initiatives and actions aimed at disseminating relevant and accurate health information should be implemented by the government. Furthermore, the government should make all required treatments and facilities more readily available to the public.
  2. What more do you think could be done to promote healthy living in your country?
    The government should put up more efforts to improve people’s habits in order to encourage healthy living in a country. The government has the power to implement required rules and regulations on activities that have an impact on people’s health. For example, the government should prohibit smoking in public places and educate citizens on the benefits and drawbacks of leading a healthy lifestyle.
  3. How can individuals take more responsibility for their own health?
    The main motive in an individual’s life should be living a healthy lifestyle. To put it in other words, we need to take charge of our own health. Yoga, meditation, working out, and other activities can help a person stay fit and healthy. Furthermore, in order to maintain one’s health, one should always endeavour to avoid unhealthy snacking between meals.

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