National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month was first recognized in 2002 and is observed every January. It was introduced in 1999 as a House Concurrent Resolution by Rep. Juanita Millender-McDonald (D-Calif.) and as a Senate Resolution by Sen. Connie Mack III (R-Fla.).
An estimated 13,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year. www.healthfinder.gov for a toolkit with information.
Cervical cancer, caused by human papillomavirus (HPV), can be prevented with a vaccine. See Cancer Health’s Cervical Cancer Basics page and our news and information about cervical cancer. Learn more about the cervical cancer community from the National Cervical Cancer Coalition.
Missing Your Loved One
The Holiday's can be a difficult time for individuals and or families who have lost a loved one. It will be our first Christmas without my mother-inlaw. She past away last year on Christmas Eve. Although our hearts were breaking, we know she was ready to go, and she was at peace believing her faith would bring home with Jesus. As a Christian, that is the greatest peace for us. Even though we are saddened by her death, we can rejoice knowing we will see her again. Comfort comes in many forms, listening, hugs, time, and being with people who support you.
Some things that my family is doing this year to remember JoAnn, is to enjoy the memories, putting out a favorite ornament on the tree, listening to music, gathering photo's, lighting a candle in her honor, and be present in the moment to express feelings of loss, being ok.
It's ok to miss your loved one, it takes time, grief is real. There are professional counselors, who are there to help during grief and loss. Reach out to a preferred service provider. Take time to reflect, because those you have lost, made a great impact in your life.
November Alzheimer's Awareness Month
5.8 Million Americans are living with Alzheimer's Dementia www.alz.org
Everyone knows someone who is or has battled breast cancer. "When breast cancer is detected early, and in the localized stage, the 5-year relative survival rate is 100%. Early detection includes doing monthly breast self-exams, and scheduling regular clinical breast exams and mammograms."