October is one of my favorite seasons. I think of leaves changing, Halloween, pumpkins, and I also think of awareness. In October of this year, we celebrated World Ostomy Day, Mental Health Awareness Week , Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
It was a month to love ourselves and our bodies – a month of awareness that I think we need to honor every day, all year long.
Bankers Healthcare group has been doing a tremendous job spreading the word about the importance of women’s health to raise more awareness around breast cancer. I wanted to share their infographic which dispels common misconceptions about breast cancer. I know I learned a quite a few surprising facts in reading it! I urge you to share this with friends, family, patients, clients and colleagues.
If you haven’t ever heard of Bankers Healthcare Group, they are a company whose work providing physician loans puts them in close contact with doctors and other medical professionals on a daily basis.
I’ve been through quite a bit already. At 18, due to a blood clot, my stomach ruptured, both lungs collapsed, needed 122 units of blood, I was in a coma for months, was unable to eat or drink for six of the past ten years, and after 27 surgeries, was surgically reconstructed with the intestines I had left.
NO matter what we’re going through, we need to love, nourish and care our bodies.
I try to exercise, eat healthy foods, and see my OB-GYN regularly.
Here are some ideas to keep your mind and body healthy:
- Start an art journal
- See the world creatively
- Make a gratitude list
- Get outside
- Find a book that inspires you
- Find a role model
- Cook a nourishing meal
- Practice positive thinking
- Do some yoga and get active
- Tell your story
- Reach out to a friend
- Love your body
- Learn something new
- Get a little crafty
And the biggest healing and recovery resource? Share your story! We can cope with any detour in life if we travel it together. You are not alone! (You can always share your story on my site! Learn more here.)
But I think what Breast Cancer Awareness is about is just knowing that we’re not alone. Life can be a bit hard and it takes a bit more work, but there is some kind of power in numbers here. Knowing we all struggle, we all get frustrated, we all feel messy, sick, angry, sad, or just don’t want to deal – when we know others go through this too, we actually feel human.
Thanks BHG for helping us spread awareness.
Together, we’re stronger.
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Amy is a PTSD peer-peer specialist, artist, author, speaker for RAINN and TEDx, writer for The Huffington Post, award-winning health advocate, actress and playwright.
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