January is cervical health and cervical cancer awareness month and, at Get Well Meal, we'd like to share some important information about preventing and treating cervical cancer. More than 12,000 women in the US are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year, and more than 4,000 women will die from the disease annually. Cervical cancer is the second most common type of cancer in women.
Remission. It's a word so many people with serious illnesses long for. It's something you strived for and looked towards as a light at the end of your disease and treatment tunnel.
If you've achieved remission, you know the happiness and the cause for celebration it brings with it. Embrace that feeling and on the next anniversary of your remission - do something special. Because if your illness has taught you anything it's to enjoy life and to celebrate the small and the big things.
Here are a few idea on how to mark this momentous occasion:
This year marks the 50th anniversary of American Heart Month from the American Heart Association. More than 787,000 people in the U.S. died from heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases in 2010. That's about one of every three deaths in America. In fact, cardiovascular diseases claim more lives than all forms of cancer combined. What's even more heartbreaking about those statistics is that heart disease is preventable in many cases.
SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder affects four to six percent of people severely and another 10 to 20 percent more moderately. Seasonal Affective Disorder is a type of depression that is season specific, and generally affects people in the winter, when the days are shorter and colder. If you've ever experienced SAD, then you know how difficult it can be to get through the doldrum days of winter, but imagine dealing with SAD when you're already sick.
Dealing with terminal illness is one of the hardest things both the ill person and their loved ones can deal with. Often a sense of powerlessness can overwhelm everyone involved. There's no perfect way to deal with impending death, and everyone does it differently, but here are a few tips to help work through this difficult time.
Asking for help is hard. We're raised to believe that we should be able to do things on our own, to be independent, but when we're sick or if we're caring for someone who is sick, the fact is that we simply can't do everything ourselves. So how can we get out of our comfort zone and ask others around us for the help we desperately need?
In a recent study
Being a caregiver to a sick loved one can be difficult, time consuming and emotionally draining. It's also hard to find others who know what you're going through, but keeping all the thoughts, feelings, concerns and pains inside can lead to burnout, sickness and depression.
Not all illnesses are visible. Across the US, nearly 60 million people are struggling with a mental illness. If you're caring for someone with an "invisible disease" it can be just as, if not more, difficult than caring for someone with a physical ailment.
A caregiver is generally defined as someone within a family or close friendship circle who is caring for a sick or elderly family member or friend. Generally the care is given within the home of the sick or elderly person or within the home of the caregiver.
Nearly two-fifths of the US population call themselves a caregiver of some kind and at some level, whether it's full or part time care. However, this still leaves a large population of the sick or elderly without a primary caregiver.