Sunday, October 12, 2008

October is...

National Lupus Erythematosus Awareness Month
  • My oldest sister was diagnosed with Lupus when she was a teenager. She is a wonderful woman and the mother of my beautiful neice and nephew! Lupus is an autoimmune disease where the body's immune system attacks itself causing inflamation and other complications. Though seldom fatal in modern times, there is no cure and patients can only be treated symptomatically.

National Infertility Awareness Month

  • My cousin and her husband have struggled with fertility issues for years. All she wanted in the whole world was to be a mother before she turned 30. When 30 came and went, they began the process to adopt a child. Amazingly enough, she is now pregnant and everything is going well. Seems nature just didn't have the same timeline she did.

Healthy Lung Month

  • I was raised in a family of smokers. And while most of us have tried unsuccessfully to quit smoking, we all agree that it is a bad habit and encourage others not to make the same mistakes we did. My father, the only one who has been able to quit smoking, suffers from Emphysema and is reliant on an oxygen machine.

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

  • Cancer of all types runs rampid in my family. We just recently suffered our first loss. Get regular physicals and perform breast and skin exams regularly!

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