When a child is diagnosed with a serious illness, chronic or otherwise, it can be heartbreaking for the parents. Much information needs to be processed, decisions need to be made, and research becomes ongoing. Families can work to better understand the illness and its effects, plan and prepare, but most important is that amidst all of this there is an effort to help the child affected by the illness understand what is happening to them.
Sometimes the simplest gestures can be the most meaningful. If you have a friend or loved one who is battling a chronic illness or a recent diagnosis you may be wondering what you can do to help. Support can come in many forms - a listening ear, a homemade meal, or an offer to sweep the kitchen. But often, what your friend or loved one may actually benefit from most is a little lifting of their spirits.
Whether it's a close friend or relative, a co-worker, or an acquaintance, we've all been in a position where we've wanted to send or sign a get-well card for someone dealing with illness and we've been at a loss for words. There's the go-to tried and true phrases such as "Get well soon," and "Sending thoughts and prayers to you," but sometimes we'd like to use something a little different.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month. Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women and about 1 in 8 women born today in the U.S. will have breast cancer at some point in their lives. However, if breast cancer is found and treated early, many women (and men) are able to survive the diagnosis.
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month provides a chance to raise awareness about the early detection of breast cancer and the importance of mammograms, a screening test for breast cancer.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer (other than skin cancer) affecting women in the United States. However, thanks to early detection and medical advances in treatment, millions of women survive the disease.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and The American Cancer Society works to actively fight this disease by helping women get tested and detect cancer earlier and funds research that helps prevent, find and treat breast cancer.
The American Cancer Society recommends women age 40 and over receive a mammogram on an annual basis.
Numerous studies conducted over the last 20 years show that an increase in physical activity is linked to a lower breast cancer risk, according to the American Cancer Society. The difference in risk between the most active women and least active women is about 25%.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and in an effort to spread the word about lowering the risk of breast cancer, the American Cancer Society has provided suggestions regarding physical activity that may help a woman decrease her risk of breast cancer.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As the nation takes time to promote awareness of this disease it is important to remember that it not only affects women, but men as well. In the United States, about 1 percent of breast cancer cases occur in men. It is estimated by the end of this year that 430 men will have died as a result of breast cancer, according to information from the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
With the change from summer to fall temperatures in full swing, everyone is sure to be feeling a little "blah." Add to that a chronic illness or recent diagnosis and you may need a little extra pick me up this time of year to get revved up and ready for the upcoming holiday season and cooler temperatures.
Enter: personal pampering.
Each year, more and more people are caring for loved ones with a chronic condition, disability, or the effects of old age. The Caregiver Action Network reports that as many as 90 million people in the United States have taken on the role of caregiver, with two out of every five adults being caregivers in some way, shape or form.
November is National Family Caregivers Awareness month. Each year, the caregiver population grows as more and more people take on the role and devote themselves to helping loved ones with a chronic condition, disability, or who are struggling with the effects of age.
The physical and emotional stress of caregiving can be huge. If you have a friend or loved one who has taken on the role of caregiver, take some time out this month to recognize them for their compassion. Here are a few suggestions that may help you recognize the caregiver in your life: