In Houston this brings schools to a close. On a closer note the cold brings more suffering to the homeless and many women undergoing chemotherapy. Weakened immune systems mean additional precautions (wash hands, wash hands, wash hands), extra rest and nutritious foods. Why is it that the simplest things to do (rest, drink fluids, s-l-o-w and take care) are sometimes the hardest to implement? Look at this way: if you are undergoing treatment for cancer or know someone who is: these simple measures can be life saving.
There are lots of things on my mind today but here are the top two:
1) It's not about the bra, is it?
If battling cancer were as easy as calling out the color of our lingerie (a new meme on FB, where everyone else knows and you are the last to find out) then a lot of people wouldn't need to work has hard as they do. It ain't about your bra color baby, for breast or any other kind of cancer......or am I just being crabby? One of the greatest things about this community of women is the ease in which we state our opinions, agree, disagree, and go on about our business.
2) January: Cervical Cancer Awareness
We know cervical cancer screenings save lives. Now scientists also understand that HPV -- the human papilloma virus -- is responsible for the majority of the 9700 new cases of cervical cancer diagnosed every year. The new vaccine protects against four different strains of HPV. The pap test though -- in and of itself -- has reduced cervical cancer rates in the United States by more than 70%. That's something. Below I've listed two excellent sources for you about cervical cancer:
- The National Cervical Cancer Coaltion http://www.nccc-online.org
- Tamika and Friends http://www.tamikaandfriends.org/ a grassroots effort by an incredible survivor and LiveStrong leader, Tamika Felder. Both sources can help you get to where you need to go!
Love and blessings,
PS -- Loving the snow in Iowa over Christmas and having a blast.