Saturday, May 31, 2014

June 1st Is...

A survivor is anyone living with a history of cancer – from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life.

Today, is a day we set aside to honor cancer survivors and their hard fought battles.   Today, we CELEBRATE their lives!

I happily celebrate my dad, cousin, uncle, mentor/soul sister, and many dear friends who have persevered through their cancer journey.  

I stand in awe of your strength, courage, and unshakeable determination. 
Facing Cancer Together!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Brain Cancer Awareness Month-May

The diagnosis of a brain tumor is the start of a journey that nobody expects to take. Understanding what is happening and the medical terms that doctors are using can be overwhelming and confusing.

The brain and spinal cord together form the central nervous system (CNS). The CNS is the core of our existence. It controls our personality, thoughts, memory, intelligence, speech and understanding, emotions, senses, and basic body functions, as well as how we function in our environment.

Brain Tumors do not discriminate. Primary brain tumors - those that begin in the brain and tend to stay in the brain - occur in people of all ages, but they are statistically more frequent in children and older adults. Metastatic brain tumors - those that begin as a cancer elsewhere in the body and spread to the brain - are more common in adults than children.

Brain tumors are the:
  • second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in children (males and females) under age 20 (leukemia is the first).
  • second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in males ages 20-39 (leukemia is the first).
  • fifth leading cause of cancer-related deaths in females ages 20-39.

 Risk factors can be environmental, such as being exposed to certain chemicals at home or work, eating or not eating certain foods, physical activity level, and/or other lifestyle choices such as tobacco and/or alcohol use. They can also be genetic, or based on the characteristics we inherit from our parents.

 Learning about the various parts of the brain and spine, as well as how they work, will help you understand the symptoms of brain tumors, how they are diagnosed, and how they are treated.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

National Women's Health Week

Why women should take care of themselves...

National Women’s Health week began this Sunday with celebrating our moms on Mother’s Day. Now, in an effort to encourage healthy living for all of the special women in our lives, the Department of Health and Human Services wants women to take steps to living healthier and happier lives.  
“We know that women are often the ones who make sure everyone — everyone else, that is — in our families are cared for. But too often, we put our own health last,” said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in a press release.
She also continued to say that when women take care of themselves first, this will lead to them taking care of their families better. Eating right, exercising, and taking other steps to continually improve health is an everyday and constant effort that should be made.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Stroke Awareness

May is American Stroke Month, which is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s annual campaign to increase stroke awareness and to educate Americans that stroke is largely preventable, treatable and beatable. 

 Stroke is a disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. It is the No. 4 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States. Unfortunately, many Americans do not think of stroke as a major health concern.  

 A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts (or ruptures). When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood (and oxygen) it needs, so it and brain cells die.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Asthma Awareness Month

As a mom of two kids who were each diagnosed with asthma as toddlers, the month of May represents not only 'May Flowers', but oftentimes, reoccurring asthma symptoms which my kids struggle with.
  After a decade of too many doctor appointments, treatments, visits to the ER and urgent care to count; along with continual maintenance, we are extremely blessed our children have outgrown the majority of their asthma issues.  Periodically, they still have a tough time breathing normally.  I am so grateful to the American Lung Association!

Please "click" on the image below to learn about the important work of the ALS!