October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

In 1991, Janelle Hail started the National Breast Cancer Foundation to help women.  She wanted to give women more education about breast cancer and teach them about early detection.  Because the tests to detect early cancer is so expensive, the National Breast Cancer Foundation provides free mammograms for women in 50 states.
Cancer Cell
When you visit the NBCF website, you can find all the facts about Breast Cancer.  The website has pictures, diagrams and links to help you find more.  Through their Patient Navigator page, women can find hospitals that will help them find NBCF services, such as free mammograms.

The NBCF offers programs to women around the world that aren’t being offered by other organizations.  Here are the programs for you to see: 

The National Breast Cancer Foundation has a 4 Star-rating from the Charity Navigator. You can see how their spending was for their programs.  Their overall score and rating was 96.04.

Disclosure: I’m thankful to share this information from the NBCF website.  I’m not a medical expert.  If you have medical concerns, please consult your person physician.
@2016, copyright Lisa Ehrman

October is Dysautonomia Awareness Month

October is Dysautonomia Awareness Month.  Dysautonomia is a malfunction of the autonomic nervous system.  The automatic parts of our body that can be affected by this are: 

  • heart rate
  • blood pressure
  • digestion
  • kidney function
  • temperature control
  • dilation and constriction of the pupil of the eyes
Here are some of the forms of dysautonomia:

POTS: Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome- which causes many symptoms, light-headedness, fainting, tachycardia, chest pains, and more.

NCS: Neurocardiogenic Syncope – This is the most common form of Dysautonomia.  Some people with mild cases only faint once or twice in their life.  Some people faint two or three times per day.

MSA: Multiple System Atrophy – This is rare and fatal form of Dysautonomia that attacks adults over 40.  It is similar to Parkinson’s disease. 

The video below was found on Dysautonomia International Facebook: What is Dysautonomia?

Disclosure: Information and video in this article was from  Dysautonomia International:http://www.dysautonomiainternational.org/page.php?ID=34  andhttps://www.facebook.com/DysautonomiaInternational/?fref=ts   All other information is my opinion.  If you have medical needs, don’t take this article as fact.  I am not a doctor or medical expert.  Please consult your physician.
@2016, copyright Lisa Ehrman

Pain Awareness Month – Challenge Day 30 Last Day

Day 30: Be the change you wish to see in the world. Invisible pain conditions may cause us to forget how important it is to connect with others, care for ourselves and support fellow pain warriors. The pain community depends on its own members to support one another, seek positive policy changes and societal perceptions of chronic pain.
The last challenge is one that continues past September. It is one that asks you to search within yourself to think of ways that you can make a difference for those afflicted with an invisible illness. We challenge you to join U.S. Pain Foundation’s efforts as a volunteer (Pain Ambassador), Advocate or Member today!
Already a part of the U.S. Pain Family? Thank you for your dedication! Your challenge is to share the link with others on your social media networks (online support groups, personal blogs, status update) so that they may have the opportunity to find out how they may join the leading patient-advocacy organization.
*Bonus: Consider making a tax-deductible donation so that we may continue supporting existing programs and creating new initiatives that will provide meaningful, lasting outcomes for brave pain warriors.
#BeTheChangeYouWishToSeeInTheWorld #PAM16#PainAwarenessMonth #USPain #PainWarrior
Today is the last day of Pain Awareness Month.  The challenge is to “Be” the change.  It’s important to support other’s in pain, while we are caring for ourselves.  I’m joining the U.S Pain Foundation as a Hero of Healing.  This is a program that is great for bloggers and has a forum to talk to others about your pain.  I’m joining today.  You can visit U.S. Pain Foundation to see which group you would like to be involved in.  

Pain Awareness Month – Challenge Day 29: Nurture Your Relationships

Day 29: Nurture your relationships. Just as a flower needs sunshine to flourish, your cherished friendships need your love and attention.
Today, we want you to empower a fellow pain warrior and/or close friend. Let them know how much you value their friendship as part of your pain journey. Consider an open letter for others to read as a blog, social media post and/or comment below, tagging that special friend.
Highlight the importance of your friend(s) by sharing photos of your friends and you together as a comment below and/or on Instagram, tagging the PAM campaign @USPainAwarenessMonth
#Friendships #PAM16 #PainAwarenessMonth #USPain30DayChallenge

Hubby is my best friend and takes great care of me when I need it.  He’s always there for me, no matter what.  He’s the best!  He often gives up his time to do things that I can’t do.  Archie is my little therapy dog.  He’s a little, quiet mutt that loves to cuddle and follow me everywhere I go.  He’s not a trained dog, but he has a sensitive, little heart and seems to know when I’m hurting the most.  
@2016, copyright Lisa Ehrman

Psoriatic Arthritis Awareness Day 2016

Today is Psoriatic Arthritis Awareness Day
Today is a day to be counted.  It’s a day to spread awareness of this awful disease.  More than 1 Million people in the US have PsA.  Many people start with having psoriasis, and then 30% go on to have PsA.  This disease is characterized by inflammation of the joints, causing swelling and pain. If you want to learn more about this, please go to PsACounts

Here is are early warning signs of Psoriatic Arthritis.  


  • 1.
    Pitted fingernails

  • 2.
    Swollen fingers and toes

  • 3.
    Foot pain (tendon or ligament)

  • 4.
    Joint stiffness and/or pain

  • 5.
    Personal or family history of psoriasis or arthritis
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, contact your healthcare provider to discuss your symptoms and visitGoPsADay.com for more information. Early recognition, diagnosis, and treatment are critical to relieve the pain and inflammation of psoriatic arthritis.

@2016, copyright Lisa Ehrman

Pain Awareness Month – Challenge Day 26: Pictures

Day 26: Take Pain Awareness Pics! Today’s challenge asks that you find a piece of paper, cardboard, a shirt…anything handy and write empowering phrases with a marker or pen. (Examples: I support U.S. Pain’s#PainAwarenessMonth, I am a #PainWarrior, My pain does not define me). Remember to use the hashtags #PAM16 #PainAwarenessMonth
Then, take a photo holding your empowering sign to encourage others within the pain community!
You may share your images below and/or on Instagram, tagging our campaign @USPainAwarenessMonth
Are you a pain warrior?  Do you live with daily pain?  If you relate to this community, join with us in spreading awareness.  Or, if you just want to talk, comment below.  I would love to chat 🙂

Pain Awareness Month – Challenge Day 25: Celebrate Your Life

Day 25: Celebrate your life. Today we challenge you to embrace the positivity that surrounds you. Small acts of kindness from others brightens up the dark days that pain warriors face. We want you to share the love that surrounds you, the engaging opportunities that lifts you up and the little things that makes you appreciative of your life, despite your chronic pain condition. 
Celebrate your life by sharing your photo(s) below and/or on our campaign via Instagram: @USPainAwarenessMonth. 
Consider making a collage that celebrates your life by using free, online collage programs such as http://www.fotor.com/features/collage.html 
#CelebrateYourLife #PAM16 #PainAwarenessMonth

When Hubby brings flowers, this is a sweet act of kindness!
Many times I receive kind cards from members of my church, letting me know that they pray for me.
Any little act of kindness shows love and is greatly appreciated!