Our blog has a variety of shared matters that relate to our Dads seven-month stay in hospital which was far from straight forward. This month is September Awareness month, many medical conditions are being recognised in this month, we felt it only right that we make this a topic for our blog, we hope that we can contribute to spreading awareness of these conditions…
Please see: September Awareness month which covers:
- Introduction/Our Story and Awareness Illustrations
- Vascular Disease and Illustrative examples
- Peripheral arterial disease and Illustrative examples
- World Alzheimer’s Month and Illustrative examples
- Child Cancer Awareness Month and Illustrative examples
- Blood Cancer Awareness Month and Illustrative examples
- Sepsis Awareness Month and Illustrative examples
- Useful Links to other Awareness matters: September Awareness Month 2020
- Our Final thoughts/YouTube video
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1. Introduction/Our Story and Awareness Illustrations
My sister and I are trying our absolute best to try and help to spread awareness about matters that we feel are important, but do not necessarily get spoken about as much as necessary.
Since our Dad was hospitalised in September 2016 having been diagnosed with Infective Endocarditis, sadly passing away in March 2017 we have been through so many situations and encountered many things that we did not understand, and did not have enough information to understand fully when having to make significant and big decisions. Our Dad suffered from many different infections, and things were often explained to us in medical terms that we did not understand. Because of this, we would often look to the internet for explanations. It was extremely difficult trying to juggle all these things at the same time, and then at times, we were not really sure what we were looking for, which made searching tricky. (We have topics on Infective Endocarditis and Infective Endocarditis and Blindness).
Our blog has a variety of shared matters that relate to our Dads seven-month stay in hospital which was far from straightforward.
This month is September Awareness month, many medical conditions are being recognised in this month, we felt it only right that we make this a topic for our blog, we hope that we can contribute to spreading awareness of these conditions.
Please see some illustrations regarding Awareness:
Please see September Awareness Month 2020:
2. Vascular Disease and Illustrative examples
“Vascular Disease Awareness Month … As the only UK charity dedicated to vascular disease, we want to ensure that those at … Stand Up For Food Month 2020.”
“Our supporters include healthcare professionals, individuals with vascular disease, and their families and friends, and this year we would like to encourage you all”…
“This year the Circulation Foundation’s ‘Vascular Disease Awareness Month‘ will be taking place throughout the month of September. … August 2020 “· « · » …
“17 Sep 2019 – Throughout September, The Circulation Foundation is running a national campaign to step up the awareness of vascular diseases. Vascular”…
“September is National Vascular Disease Awareness Month. Dr. Martin shares information about vein disease and how vascular disease affects the health of” …
3. Peripheral arterial disease and Illustrative examples
“Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a common condition where a build-up of fatty deposits in the arteries restricts blood supply to leg muscles. It’s also known as peripheral vascular disease (PVD)”.
“Read about treating peripheral arterial disease (PAD). There’s no cure for PAD, but lifestyle changes and medicine can help reduce the symptoms”.
“Because peripheral artery disease is related to reduced blood flow to your limbs, it’s important to improve that flow. Your doctor may prescribe daily aspirin therapy or another medication, such as clopidogrel (Plavix). Symptom-relief medications”. (17 Jul 2018).
“There’s no cure for peripheral arterial disease (PAD), but lifestyle changes and medicine can help reduce the symptoms. These treatments can also help reduce your risk of developing other types of cardiovascular disease (CVD), such as: coronary heart disease. Stroke”.
“Untreated PAD can be dangerous because it can lead to painful symptoms or loss of a leg, and patients with PAD have an increased risk of coronary artery disease, stroke and heart attack”.
Our Mum suffers from lymphedema which is considered as Vascular and/or Peripheral arterial disease. We are very fortunate as our Mums condition had gone undiagnosed, and it was by chance at an appointment for something nonrelated a specialist doctor took one look at our Mums legs and wanted to do tests. Our mum was told she was a walking time bomb with the stage that her condition was at. We cannot express how thankful and grateful it was detected when it was.
4. World Alzheimer’s Month and Illustrative examples
2020 Campaign Materials
“World Alzheimer’s Month is the international campaign by Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) every September to raise awareness and challenge the stigma that surrounds dementia”. “Diseases or conditions caused: Dementia”.
“September is World Alzheimer’s Month World Alzheimer’s Month is the international campaign every September to raise awareness and challenge the stigma that surrounds dementia. September 2020 will mark the 9th World Alzheimer’s Month. The campaign was launched in 2012. World Alzheimer’s Day is on 21 September each year”.
“World Alzheimer’s Month is an annual international event, always held in September and run by Alzheimer’s Disease International, (ADI). The aim of the month is” …
“1 Sep 2020 – World Alzheimer’s Month is the international campaign every September to raise awareness and challenge the stigma that surrounds dementia”.
“10 Early Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s”
- “Memory loss that disrupts daily life”.
- “Challenges in planning or solving problems”.
- “Difficulty completing familiar tasks”.
- “Confusion with time or place”.
- “Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships”.
- “New problems with words in speaking or writing”. (More items…)
“Alzheimer’s disease is thought to be caused by the abnormal build-up of proteins in and around brain cells. One of the proteins involved is called amyloid, deposits of which form plaques around brain cells. The other protein is called tau, deposits of which form tangles within brain cells”.
5. Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and Illustrative examples
“AWARENESS MONTH. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month (#CCAM)”.
“Each September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. This month helps to highlight the impact of cancer on children, young people and their families”.
“Cancer costs more than you might think. Donate to CLIC Sargent this Childhood Cancer Awareness Month to help more families with their travel costs”.
“The international awareness symbol for Childhood Cancer is the gold ribbon”.
Childhood Cancer Awareness Month: 12 Ways to Give Support
- “Go gold”.
- “Update your profile pictures”.
- “Shave your hair in solidarity”.
- “Donate time”.
- “Speak up for kids with cancer”.
- “Create childhood cancer gift baskets”.
- “Start a fundraiser for someone facing childhood cancer”.
- “Start a workplace fundraiser for childhood cancer research, education, or advocacy”. (More items…) 14 Feb 2020
“September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Sadly, every week in the UK, two families are told that their child has neuroblastoma, a rare and”.
“September is childhood cancer awareness month. As a result of COVID-19, childhood cancer research labs around the country had to temporarily shut down,” …
6. Blood Cancer Awareness Month and Illustrative examples
“At Blood Cancer UK, we’re here for you when you need someone to talk to. We’re a community determined to beat blood cancer. Types: Leukaemia, Lymphoma, Myeloma”.
“Leukemia, a type of cancer found in your blood and bone marrow, is caused by the rapid production of abnormal white blood cells. The high number of abnormal white blood cells are not able to fight infection, and they impair the ability of the bone marrow to produce red blood cells and platelets”.
The three main types of blood cancer are leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma:
- “Leukemia is a blood cancer that originates in the blood and bone marrow”.
- “Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is a blood cancer that develops in the lymphatic system from cells called lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell that helps the body fight infections”. (More items…)
- “Change in bowel or bladder habits”.
- “A sore that does not heal”.
- “Unusual bleeding or discharge”.
- “Thickening or lump in the breast or elsewhere”.
- “Indigestion or difficulty in swallowing”.
- “Obvious change in a wart or mole”.
- “Nagging cough or hoarseness”.
“September is Blood Cancer Awareness Month and we’ve gathered together all the ways you can get involved in the campaign to help fight blood cancer”.
7. Sepsis Awareness Month and Illustrative examples
“September is Sepsis Awareness Month. Every 2 minutes someone dies from sepsis in the U.S. – that’s more than from prostate cancer, breast cancer and AIDS combined. This Sepsis Awareness Month, MCN is pleased to partner with Sepsis Alliance in raising awareness and saving lives from sepsis”.
“Every Sepsis Awareness Month, people come together to help save lives by raising … and use the hashtags #SepsisAwarenessMonth and #SAM2020. Click the” …
“September has been designated as Sepsis Awareness Month by Sepsis Alliance since 2011. Every September since, the organization has invited healthcare” …
Our Dad had Sepsis during his seven month time in the hosptial. Sadly and unfortunately we were not made aware of it at the time. We only found out through a postmortem report. The shock, dismay, feelings of dispair and other overwhelming feelings that hit us because of this discovery, it’s really hard to describe. This is why we are so passionate about spreading awareness on this matter in the hope it could help others spot the possible signs. We will be expanding on this in our topic this coming Monday 7th September 2020.
8. Useful Links to other Awareness matters: September Awareness Month 2020
8.1 Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
- Is there a Prostate Cancer Awareness Month?“ National Prostate Health Month (NPHM), also known as National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, is observed every September in North America by health experts, health advocates, and individuals concerned with men’s prostate health and prostate cancer”. (1 Sep 2019)
- How often does a man die from prostate cancer in the UK? “More than 40,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year in England. More than 9,000 men die from prostate cancer every year in England. Every hour, one man dies from prostate cancer in England”.
- How do I get my prostate checked UK? “When your doctor examines you it might include feeling your prostate gland. To do this your doctor puts a gloved finger into your back passage (rectum) to check for abnormal signs, such as a lumpy, hard prostate. Doctors call this test a digital rectal examination (DRE)”.
- How can you prevent prostate cancer? If you want to reduce your risk of prostate cancer, consider trying to: 1.“Choose a low-fat diet. Foods that contain fats include meats, nuts, oils and dairy products, such as milk and cheese” 2.“Increase the amount of fruits and vegetables you eat each day” 3.“Reduce the amount of dairy products you eat each day”.
- How do you raise awareness for prostate cancer? Movember: Raising Awareness for Prostate Cancer 1.“Sign up: Register online as an official participant to demonstrate your commitment”.2.“Fundraise: Ask your friends and family to support your efforts by donating to the cause”. 3.“Communicate: Talk to people about why you’re participating in Movember and the issues that mean the most to you”.
We cover this in greater detail in our topic on: Men’s Health Week: 15th – 21st June 2020. We felt it important to make this a topic due to the various health conditions our Dad suffered from and was diagnosed with during his time in the hospital. We also felt it was important due to the stigma of men not talking about these type of matters.
8.2 Ovarian Cancer Month
- Ovarian Cancer Month What month is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month?“The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition’s September Awareness campaign is focused on earlier awareness of symptoms, genetic predisposition, and the lack of an early detection test”.
- Can you be fully cured of ovarian cancer? “Abstract. Approximately 20% of women with advanced-stage ovarian cancer survive beyond 12 years after treatment and are effectively cured. Initial therapy for ovarian cancer comprises surgery and chemotherapy, and is given with the goal of eradicating as many cancer cells as possible”.
- Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month: Home“Ovarian cancer charities in the UK have come together to increase awareness of the disease and save lives”.
8.3 Self-Care Awareness Month
- Self-Care Awareness Month! – Blessing Manifesting “September is Self–Care Awareness Month here are all the tips you need to practice self–care in a nourishing way. How are you giving yourself a break?”
- What are some self-care ideas? On to the self-care ideas list: “Go for a leisurely walk”. “Try out a new recipe”. “Schedule personal self–care time each day”. “Put on a homemade face mask”. “Do one thing at a time”. “Watch a chick flick (or whatever type of movie you like best)”. “Listen to your favorite music”. “Read a book just for fun, just for yourself”. (More items…)
- Self-Care Awareness Month in September “2 Jun 2020 – Each year in September is National Self-Care Awareness Month. Let’s face it, nurturers need nurturing, too. We are on a journey to give TO”…
- It’s National Self-Care Awareness Month – Thrive Therapy “9 Sep 2018 – Advice about self–care is ubiquitous in our “Being-Busy-Is-the-Way-to-Be-Important” world. Most articles about self–care go something like this”
- National Self-Care Awareness Month “4 Sep 2019 – But if you cannot take care of yourself, your efforts will only proceed so far. September is National Self-Care Awareness Month, and it is a time”…
- Celebrate Self-Care Awareness Month with these Self-Care Techniques “Since September is recognized as Self–Care Awareness Month, it’s a great time to refocus your energy on mental, physical, and emotional wellness”.
- Check yourself: Tips for Self-Care Awareness Month “19 Sep 2018 – September is Self–Care Awareness Month — What will you do to take better care of yourself this month? We have a few tips for how you can”…
- National Self-Care Awareness Month |Foundation for Senior Living “1 Sep 2018 – September is National Self-Care Awareness Month, and Foundation for Senior Living (FSL) would like to remind caregivers to take care of”…
8.4 Pain Awareness Month
- Pain Awareness Month “The month of September has been declared Pain Awareness Month. Pain Awareness Month is a time when various organizations work to raise public awareness of issues in the area of pain and pain management”.
- September is Pain Awareness Month |Pain Concern “11 Sep 2019 – The World Health Assembly (WHA) – a subsection of the World Health Organization (WHO) – has declared September Pain Awareness Month”.
- September is Pain Awareness Month | John Hopkins Medicine “September is Pain Awareness Month. Understanding more about the underlying causes of pain can help improve treatments and alleviate suffering”.
- Pain Awareness Month | PainScale “Pain Awareness Month started in 2001, when the American Chronic Pain Association connected with other groups to start the Pain Awareness Campaign”.
My sister and I were not aware of of pain awareness month. We felt we needed to share this as unfortunately many people suffer from chronic pain on a daily basis. For some of those people they might appear to look okay on the outside, but that does not mean they are okay on the inside.
Our Mum suffers from chronic daily pains and has to wear pain patches as a result of this. More recently my sister has been suffering from daily chronic pain. Unfortunately because of the various conditions she suffers from she is unable to take the painkillers that would help to ease things for her. This means she is currently having to bare through the pain until she is seen by a consultant to try and get to the root and cause of her pain.
8.5 National Suicide Prevention Month
- Help for suicidal thoughts – NHS “Where to get help if you are having suicidal thoughts, and what to do if you are worried about someone else”.
- Get Involved |NAMI National Alliance on Mental Illness “Too often the feelings of shame and stigma prevent them from talking openly. September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month—a time to share” …
- World Suicide Prevention Day | Samaritans “Every year, on 10th September, organisations around the world get together to raise awareness about suicide prevention”.
- National Suicide Awareness Month – September “Two-thirds of the people who commit suicide suffer from depression. “We use this month to reach out to those affected by suicide, raise awareness and connect”.
- World Suicide Prevention Day 2020 – National Awareness “Various events and activities are held during this occasion to raise awareness that suicide is a major preventable cause of premature death. What do people do?”
- National Suicide Prevention Week – Wikipedia “National Suicide Prevention Week (NSPW) is an annual week-long campaign in the United States to inform and engage health professionals and the general”
- Promote National Suicide Prevention Month: Lifeline “We can all help prevent suicide. Every year, the Lifeline and other mental health organizations and individuals across the U.S. and around the world raise”….
- Awareness “Welcome to awareness is power! Bienvenido a la conciencia es poder. Bem vindo à consciência é poder. Bienvenue à la conscience est puissant. 欢迎意识是”…
9. Our Final Thoughts and YouTube Video
This blog was created to share our story. To try and help others if possible. We have said this in the past that it is also helping us, and it is also teaching us. As an example, from doing research for this topic my sister and I have become aware of things that we would not previously have known and might not never had known had we not done this topic. We are grateful, thankful and appreciate when we learn new things and are able to share them.
We hope something within this topic will be of use to someone. We wish anyone who reads this a good day, evening, and remainder of the week.