Healthy Living | Breast Cancer & Domestic Violence Awareness
As we exit October, we will continue to bring awareness to these pressing issues.
Breast Cancer Awareness
As we know, the month of October represented breast cancer awareness and domestic violence. Breast cancer as most of know is the most common cancer among women in the U.S. Every year thousands of women are surviving the disease, especially with early detection and treatment. Breast cancer is a malignant tumor that starts in the cells of the breast. A malignant tumor is a group of cancer cells that grow into (invade) surrounding tissues or spread to distant areas of the body. With that said, women between the age 40 to 49 show start getting screened for the disease. As for women younger, you can screen yourself on a monthly basis to check for lumps in your breast. I urge you to get to know your body and anything that's not normal to you, it don't hurt to as your health care provider about it. October is coming to an end but breast cancer lives on in our everyday life. I encourage you to learn about your family history of this disease and if it has a history in your family get screened and keep doing your monthly checks at home. I can't stress enough, get to know your body and report need abnormalities to your health care provider. A print out is available on how women and young adult girls can start checking their breast for lumps at home. Please feel free to read it and practice it at home on a monthly basis.
Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that one partner or individual use to gain power or control over the other person. There are many signs of domestic violence that is over looked, excused and even denied by many. As a victim of domestic violence for three years, I learned a lot. I made excuses for his actions after denying it for a long time. I blamed myself for everything he did to me and in the process he used that to his advantage and it got worse. Domestic violence is different types of abuse, from verbal abuse , to emotional abuse and physical abuse. There's a saying, " sticks and stones can break my bones but your words can't do me no harm." In my experience with domestic violence those words don't mean nothing. Where, when he hurt me physically it hurt and bruised and I had scares for days and some weeks, they eventually healed and went away. But the verbal abuse stayed with me most. The words penetrated my soul and damaged my self esteem, my dignity, my pride and my love for myself. I let what he did me to destroy me until i starting working at the hospital and saw first hand of what domestic violence can do to you that I found help. After attending a couple of D.V classes, I took steps to fix the problem and found a way to leave him. For most it can be difficult and dangerous but the is help out there to get you to a safe place and protect you and your children, if any. After you learn to love God, yourself and others, you will found peace and happiness again and you will never put up with that again. Remember our God is a jealous God, put no man before him. Let's put a stop to domestic violence against women and children. More information is available for you, please read it and take the steps now if you are a victim and report it to the proper authorities. If you are friend or family member and you see signs of domestic violence it's your right to report it or you will never forgive yourself if something bad happens. A D.V hotline number is also available.
As I end, if you have any questions or concerns feel free to ask. Protect yourself, put God first, find a support group and don't be afraid to ask for help.