May is Mental Health Awareness Month and an ideal time to educate ourselves about how to take care of bodies and minds, how to seek help when needed, and live life as fully and enjoyably as we can. Mental Health is as important as our physical and spiritual health, but often neglected. It can impact aspects of our lives such as our mood, energy levels, sleep, irritability, interactions with others, and our level of enjoyment in daily hobbies and activities.
November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. This month of awareness is dedicated to sharing important information about the disease and highlighting stories of patients, survivors, and their families. Every year research and advocacy organizations unite to raise awareness and educate the public about risk factors, causes, and treatments for lung cancer, which effects over 220,000 Americans each year.
In October 1988, President Ronald Reagan Proclaimed October as National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. “When a child loses his parent, they are called an orphan. When a spouse loses her or his partner, they are called a widow or widower. When parents lose their child, there isn’t a word to describe them. This month recognizes the loss so many parents experience across the United States and around the world. It is also meant to inform and provide resources for parents who have lost children due to miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, molar pregnancy, stillbirths, birth defects, SIDS, and other causes.”