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World AIDS Day

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 9:43 am by Array

The month of December is important because the 1st of the month is World AIDS Day. World AIDS Day is a global push to raise awareness, fight prejudice, and improve education about HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Around the world, about 34 million people are living with HIV. In the United States, about 50,000 people get infected with HIV every year. We can use this day to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS, encourage people to get tested, and take action to support people living with HIV. Wear a red ribbon, the symbol of HIV awareness to support the cause and tell people why you are wearing it. For further information regarding World AIDS Day click here. (Healthfinder.gov)


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American Diabetes Month

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 12:28 pm by Array

November is an important month because it is American Diabetes month. Currently, in the United States diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death. According to diabetes.org, diabetes affects more than 25 million people in the U.S each year and if it goes untreated it can cause blindness, nerve damage, kidney disease, and other health problems. The purpose of this month is to raise awareness about diabetes risk factors and encourage people to make healthy changes to their lifestyle. Ways to prevent diabetes include: exercise, healthy eating habits, regular checkups, as well as increased physical activity (taking the stairs instead of the elevator).Use the month of November to assess how healthy of a lifestyle you’re currently living and make the necessary changes to ensure a healthy future. For more information regarding American Diabetes month click here.


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Prayer

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 11:47 am by Anonymous

What do you do when the unthinkable happens?  What do you do when life comes crashing in, when the world seems too sad, and too dark?  Well, I am there.  One of the most precious people in all the world to me has been diagnosed with cancer, for the second time.  A year ago it was devastating when we heard the news for the first time.  But amazingly, the surgeon was able to remove the large tumor and there was an incredible healing.  But now, nine months later, at a routine screening, the cancer was back, and this time, it had spread and was called “incurable.”  I am left breathless and speechless at this news, and as we wait to find out more details, I wonder, what do I do now?

 

Part of me wants to scream out, “No!  Not again!!! I can’t lose him!”  But I know that cancer does not discriminate, and at some point, it touches all of us.  Part of me wants to curl up in the fetal position and cry, and I do. And part of me wants to cry out to someone or something bigger than me…

 

“Help…”  


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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 3:21 pm by Author One

October 1st marks the beginning of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This month is a very important month because it provides us with the opportunity to raise awareness regarding early detection strategies for breast cancer. According to the U.S Department of Health, breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women and affects roughly 1 in 8 women in the United States during their lifetime. The primary focus of this month is to spread the word about mammograms and encourage communities, organizations, families, and individuals to get involved. To learn more about Breast Cancer Awareness Month click here.


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Put your own oxygen mask on first!

Monday, September 22, 2014 at 9:54 am by Array

 “They made me take care of the vineyards; but my own vineyard I have neglected.” (Song of Solomon/Song of Songs 1:6b, The Old Testament/Hebrew Bible)

 

When I read this verse from the Bible, I think of so many of us for whom our life’s work is caring for others.  So many of us have the physical, emotional, or spiritual health of others in our hands, or we are committed to seeing that others are cared for. 

 

All of us in the hospital setting have the care of our patients, families, and staff first and foremost in our minds. Some days are more stressful than others; some days are filled with sadness.  There can be too much work and too little time, there can be too much suffering and not enough celebration.


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