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Please see October Awareness Month 2020 which covers:
- Introduction/Our Story
- October Awareness Month
- Lupus Awareness Month
- Breast Cancer Awareness Month
- Dyslexia Awareness Month
- Blindness Awareness Month
- Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month
- Down Syndrome Awareness Month
- Eczema Awareness Month
- Depression Awareness Month
- Liver Cancer Awareness Month
- Sensory Processing Awareness Month
- National Orthodontic Health Month
- Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month
- Our Final Thoughts/YouTube video
1. Introduction/Our Story
We have decided to do this as a topic as spreading awareness is one of our main priorities throughout the unexpected journey my sister and I have now found ourselves on.
Health is a huge part of our journey as this all started with the decline in our Dad’s health, which unfortunately sadly led to him passing away.
Our Dad was diagnosed with Infective Endocarditis in September 2016, at that time we knew nothing at all about this serious and life threatening heart condition. We have continually had to learn so many thing’s in short spaces of time on a regular basis. This has never been an easy process for us. (We also have a topic on Infective Endocarditis which explains things in more detail).
Because of everything we have gone through, learnt and experienced, whenever there is an opportunity to help to raise awareness on health matters, we will always try our absolute best to do so. It is especially important to us.
In this topic, we will highlight some medical conditions that are being recognised in the month of October 2020.
Please see October Awareness Month 2020
2. October Awareness Month
“A list of health awareness events for October 2020 Include monthly, weekly and daily health observances”.
“18 Jun 2020 – October · Domestic Violence Awareness Month · Eye Injury Prevention Month · Health Literacy Month · Healthy Lung Month · Home Eye Safety”…
3. Lupus Awareness Month
“Lupus Awareness Month takes place during October in the UK every year. It is an important opportunity to raise awareness of the disease amongst the public and medical profession as well as improving the understanding of the impact that lupus can have”.
“Lupus Awareness Month takes place during October each year in the UK. We encourage members to put up posters and host awareness and fundraising events (such as Lunch4Lupus or Go That Extra Mile) within their local community at this time”.
“Lupus, symbolized by the purple butterfly, is a chronic autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks healthy tissues”. (5 Apr 2016).
“… 1991 by Professor Graham Hughes to support Lupus medical and clinical research at St. Thomas’ & Guys Hospitals and raise awareness of Lupus in the UK”.
“Lupus can present itself in very different ways from person to person. About 80% of people develop joint and muscle pain, skin rashes, fatigue and a general feeling of being unwell. During a lupus flare-up the most common complaints are of flu-like symptoms (with or without fever), fatigue, muscle and joint pains. (22 Jun 2018).
Lupus Symptom: Joint Pain
“Joint and muscle pain is often the first sign of lupus. This pain tends to occur on both sides of the body at the same time, particularly in the joints of the wrists, hands, fingers, and knees. The joints may look inflamed and feel warm to the touch”.
4. Breast Cancer Awareness Month
“Breast cancer awareness month is a yearly campaign that intend educate people about the importance of early screening, test and more. This campaign starts on October 1 and ends on October 31 every year”.
“The pink ribbon represents fear of breast cancer, hope for the future, and the charitable goodness of people and businesses who publicly support the breast cancer movement. It is intended to evoke solidarity with women who currently have breast cancer”.
“Types of breast cancer include ductal carcinoma in situ, invasive ductal carcinoma, inflammatory breast cancer, and metastatic breast cancer”.
What Are the Symptoms of Breast Cancer?
- “New lump in the breast or underarm (armpit)”.
- “Thickening or swelling of part of the breast”.
- “Irritation or dimpling of breast skin”.
- “Redness or flaky skin in the nipple area or the breast”.
- “Pulling in of the nipple or pain in the nipple area”.
- “Nipple discharge other than breast milk, including blood”. (More items…)
“Look at your breasts and feel each breast and armpit, and up to your collarbone. You may find it easiest to do this in the shower or bath, by running a soapy hand over each breast and up under each armpit. You can also look at your breasts in the mirror. Look with your arms by your side and also with them raised”.
“Spread the Walk the Walk word this breast cancer awareness month! Help us shout it from the rooftops. Let’s all come together and continue to make a”…
“October is breast cancer awareness month. For the latest news on research, events and fundraising, join in, be part of the campaign. Contact us for details”.
5. Dyslexia Awareness Month
“October is Dyslexia Awareness Month – International Dyslexia Association”.
“The best way to celebrate Dyslexia Awareness Month would be to do your best to see for yourself what being dyslexic means, and just how much it can impair your abilities to do different things you usually never think twice about, like reading your favorite magazine or billboards”.
“Red is the colour of dyslexia awareness”. (11 Oct 2018).
Whether you are a parent, educator or individual with dyslexia, below are some simple but critical steps you can take to Raise Awareness about Dyslexia.
- Help dispel myths about dyslexia. …
- Use the word dyslexia. …
- Talk about dyslexia directly and openly. …
- Support dyslexic students and acknowledge their strengths. (More items…)
6. Blindness Awareness Month
This is a matter that is close to mine and my sister. Due to the many infections, our Dad contracted whilst he was an inpatient in the hospital, he sadly lost his sight. We will never be able to begin to imagine what it must have been like for him to have his sight all his life, and then just lose it. Despite this, our Dad maintained his integrity and dignity with each battle that he faced. It’s hard to put into words how well our Dad handled everything that he went through in his seven-month battle whilst an inpatient in the hospital.
“October is Blindness Awareness Month 2020”.
6.2 8th October 2020
“This year, World Sight Day is to be held on Thursday 8th October 2020. This annual event, which is always held on the second Thursday of October, is aiming to draw attention to a range of issues surrounding blindness and visual impairment”.
“Every October, Blindness Awareness Month brings a heightened focus on the blind and visually impaired community and the realities of living without sight”.
“Some of the goals of World Sight Day and Vision 2020 include: Raising public … Join NBCF in observing Blindness Awareness Month. Advocate for more”..
“If you can, please donate to help blind and partially sighted people. … Call the RNIB Helpline on 0303 123 9999 from anywhere in the UK and get the … London Marathon Events have confirmed that the 2020 London Marathon mass event … up to run the distance of a marathon (26.2 miles) between you during the month”.
7. Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month
“October is Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month. If you or someone you care about has lost a child to stillbirth, miscarriage, SIDS, or any other cause at any”…
“Baby Loss Awareness Week is held annually from 9 to 15 October. It’s a special opportunity to mark the lives of babies lost in pregnancy or at or soon after birth”.
“The pink and blue ribbon is a symbol for promoting: Baby loss awareness, including loss during and after pregnancy, stillbirth, miscarriage, neonatal death and SIDS”.
8. Down Syndrome Awareness Month
“The month of October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month where we celebrate Down syndrome and let everyone know our abilities and that we are capable of doing anything we set our minds to”.
“October is Down Syndrome Awareness month; its purpose is to raise public awareness of this common disorder and advocate for acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome”.
9. Eczema Awareness Month
“October Is National Eczema Awareness Month. Around 16.5 million adults in the U.S. have atopic dermatitis (AD), with 6.6 million reporting moderate-to-severe”…
“There’s no known cure for eczema, and the rashes won’t simply go away if left untreated. For most people, eczema is a chronic condition that requires careful avoidance of triggers to help prevent flare-ups. Age is also thought to play a role: About 60 percent of people who have eczema developing it as infants”. (14 Apr 2020).
10. Depression Awareness Month
“(10 Oct 2018) – Having a family history of depression, alcoholism, or suicide increases the risk. Chronic illness, chronic pain, migraine headaches, and high” …
“(10 Jul 2014) – Nearly one-half of those diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. Learn more about symptoms and treatment”.
11. Liver Cancer Awareness Month
“It’s October, and that means it’s Liver Cancer Awareness Month, and this year, the American Liver Foundation has partnered with Gilead for a public awareness campaign”. (1 Oct 2019).
“October is Liver Cancer Awareness Month and an opportunity to raise awareness and funds to improve early detection of the disease”.
“October is Liver Cancer Awareness Month and an opportunity to raise vital awareness and funds to improve early detection of the disease”.
Green stands for liver cancer, lymphoma, and gall bladder cancer. (10 Dec 2015).
“(14 Oct 2019) – For Liver Cancer Awareness Month, here’s a round-up of the latest news and updates in this disease space”.
12. Sensory Processing Awareness Month
“Sensory skills involve using these senses of smell, touch, vision, hearing, balance, proprioception (awareness to know where your body is in space), vestibular (inner ear), and taste. All these senses work together for overall sensory functioning”. (31 Mar 2017).
“Sensory processing refers to the way the nervous system receives messages from the senses and turns them into responses. For those with Sensory Processing Disorder, sensory information goes into the brain but does not get organized into appropriate responses”.
“Did You Know That October Is Sensory Processing Disorder Awareness Month? Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) affects nearly 1 in 20 of us, even though most of us don’t know much about it. October represents SPD Awareness Month, so there is no better time to learn everything there is to know”! (4 Oct 2019).
“Sensory processing issues are not a learning disability or official diagnosis. But they can make it hard for children to succeed at school. For instance, oversensitive kids respond easily to sensory stimulation and can find it overwhelming”.
“Children who have sensory issues may have an aversion to anything that triggers their senses, such as light, sound, touch, taste, or smell”.
What are the symptoms of sensory processing issues?
- “A low pain threshold”.
- “Appearing clumsy”.
- “Fleeing without regard to safety”.
- “Covering eyes or ears frequently”.
- “Picky food preferences”. (20 Sep 2019)
If you’re concerned that your child may have SPD, it’s best to consult with a doctor or occupational therapist.
- “Hyper-acute hearing”. …
- “Hypersensitive hearing”. …
- “Exhibit touch aversion”. …
- “Poor motor coordination”. …
- “No sense of boundaries”. …
- “High tolerance for pain”. …
- “Overly aggressive”. …
- “Easily distracted”. (More items…)
13. National Orthodontic Health Month
13.1 What is National Orthodontic Health Month?
“National Orthodontic Health Month, held each year in October, provides many opportunities for orthodontic practices to share substantive information about orthodontic treatment and create fun activities in their practices and communities”.
“National Orthodontic Health Month is an annual designation observed in October. OBSERVE. Schedule a visit to your orthodontist. Use #OrthodonticHealthMonth”…
13.3 National Dental Hygiene Month
Dental Hygiene is a matter that is also close to our heart. Our Dad practiced good dental hygiene and had regular dental appointments as well as appointment with hospital dental teams. Despite this, Our Dad’s life-threatening heart Condition Infective Endocarditis started from his gums. This is why we will try our best to share the importance of Dental Hygiene.
“U.S.; National Dental Hygiene Month. Everyone loves a clean mouth, right? And we think keeping that mouth of yours clean” …
“October is National Dental Hygiene Month. Fresh breath, strong teeth and healthy gums are all part of oral health. That’s why it’s important to brush every day, and also to get regular checkups and cleanings at the dentist’s office”.
14. Sudden cardiac arrest awareness month
“October is Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month. According to the Heart Rhythm Society, more than 350,000 deaths occur each year from Sudden Cardiac Arrest” (SCA). (21 Oct 2019).
“11 Aug 2020 — Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month is a vital initiative set forth by the Heart Rhythm Society to educate the public and raise awareness for” …
Heart conditions that can lead to sudden cardiac arrest
- “Coronary artery disease”. …
- “Heart attack”. …
- “Enlarged heart”(cardiomyopathy). …
- “Valvular heart disease”. …
- “Congenital heart disease”. …
- “Electrical problems in the heart”. (18 Dec 2018)
“October sees a number of campaigns relating around Sudden Cardiac Arrest, in particular SCA Awareness Month, Restart-a-Heart Day and Shoctober”.
“Awareness Month. Sudden Cardiac Arrest is the leading cause of death in the United States, taking the lives of more than 350,000 people each year. Anyone” …
“The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation is a Non-Profit organization dedicated toward increasing awareness about sudden cardiac arrest. Join the SCA” …
15. Our Final Thoughts/YouTube video
Awareness is powerful, unity is powerful, supporting one another and raising people up is powerful.
It can be good to talk and share stories as it helps to bring perspective that might not have been recognised by yourself.
We started our journey with an aim to shaare our story in the hope of helping other’s. We are also gaining so much from what it is teaching us, the interactions and connections we are making. We appreciate and value it all and hope we can continue in our goal of trying to make a difference.
We would like to wish anyine who reads this a great day and remainder of the week.