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.
In 2016, the World Health Organization’s World Health Day will focus on Diabetes. Diabetes effects people in almost every country and class on income. It is a preventable and treatable disease. The best thing we can do for ourselves and loved ones is to raise awareness about diabetes and increase prevention by talking about diabetes with our primary care provider. For more information about World Health Day and the World health organization, visit their website!
Stress is a normal part of life. However, over a long period of time, stress can cause a multitude of health problems. Headaches, depression, stroke, and heart attacks can occur. Luckily, there are many strategies to combating stress! You can take a walk, read a book, or even meditate! Controlling how you respond to stress can help minimize it. For more strategies for managing stress visit the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Diabetes is a condition in which the body’s level of glucose (sugar) is abnormally high due to a lack of insulin or the body’s inability to use insulin efficiently. In 2012 29.1 million American had diabetes! Many were undiagnosed. Serious complications can arise from untreated diabetes, such as blindness, kidney disease, stroke, and amputation. Talk to your health care provider about your risk of developing diabetes; and if you have it, keeping it under control. For more information visit the American Diabetes Association!