Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week promotes education on Congenital Heart defects which affect 1 in 100 births each year! Those affected live with this condition throughout their entire lives. Nearly 2 million adults and children are currently living with these conditions. For more information and for stories from those affected, visit https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/wr/mm6504a7.htm.
The month of January is Thyroid Awareness Month! Your thyroid is a small gland located at the base of your neck and has so many important functions. This gland produces thyroid hormone, which controls nearly every cell and organ in your body! When not enough or too much of this hormone is produced, your body cannot function properly. If your thyroid isn’t working, neither are you. Thyroid conditions effect more than 30 million Americans, making it more common that diabetes or heart disease! The best way to detect thyroid disease is to ask your Provider to test your TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) levels. For more information about thyroid disease and the organization that helps spread awareness, visit http://www.thyroidawareness.com/about-your-thyroid.
This month, we stress the importance of immunization across the lifespan. People of all ages need to be immunized against so many harmful and preventable diseases! Protect yourself by visiting the CDC’s website and learning more about vaccines for yourself and your family!
Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver caused by a virus. There are 5 different types of Hepatitis virus: A, B, C, D and E. Each type has different transmissions and treatments, but prevention is the best treatment! Visit http://worldhepatitisday.org/en/about-hepatitis for more information!
On June 14, the World Health Organization (WHO) celebrates World Blood Donor Day. Blood Donation has saved countless lives. “108 million blood donations are collected globally, half of these are in high-income countries”. The collected blood is then transfused into people who need it. This can save their lives! For more information visit the World Health Organization’s website.
June 6 is National Cancer Survivors Day! Today we appreciate those who have died, have been recently diagnosed, and their supportive families. For more information visit the National Cancer Survivors Day website.
May 31st is World No Tobacco Day! Tobacco use is responsible for countless diseases, many of which could have been prevented if the individual never used tobacco. For more information on this day and how to quit using tobacco visit the World Health Organization’s Website.
Nurses play such an important role in delivering the highest quality of care to their patients. They are hardworking, committed, and compassionate. Nurses are patient advocates and sacrifice so much in order to provide safe and effective care to their patients. This week, we celebrate Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern day nursing, and all of the nurses who work tirelessly to provide the best patient care!
When I think about all the patients and their loved ones that I have worked with over the years, I know most of them don’t remember me nor I them, but I do know that I gave a little piece of myself to each of them and they to me and those threads make up the beautiful tapestry in my mind that is my career in nursing.
Donna Wilk Cardillo
May is American Stroke Month. This month we spread awareness about stroke prevention. High blood pressure and high cholesterol are the leading causes of Stroke. Talk to your health care provider about managing your conditions and decreasing your risk! Visit http://www.strokeassociation.org/STROKEORG/ for more information.