Message from the Office
Have you looked outside lately? Do you see all the reds, yellows, oranges and fading greens? Autumn is our season these vibrant colors. But this month, they are not the most important colors. That honor is reserved for pink, the designated color for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, held annually in October.
We’ve all been affected by breast cancer, whether diagnosed ourselves, or someone we love. It is never an easy experience to sit across from your doctor and hear those devastating words: “You have cancer.” In that moment, we are faced with a choice: succumb to the negative report, or face it with a fight. Our collective goal with the annual National Breast Cancer Awareness month is for nobody to ever have to face this report again - we want to
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Mr. W's Newsletter Inspiration
~ Thomas Carlyle ~
Client Birthdays for October
- Mrs. H in North Branford, October 3
- Mrs. S in Old Lyme, October 3
- Mr. V in Higganum, October 15
- Mrs. M in Niantic, October 17
- Mr. M in Old Saybrook, October 21
- Mrs. S in Deep River, October 24
- Mrs. T in Deep River, October 28
- Mr. M in Niantic, October 31
Client Birthdays for October
- Miriam Q, October 7
- Lisa S, October 8
- Theresa M, October 10
- Mary P, October 13
- LaChelle B, October 26
Announcement: Walk Across Southeastern CT
marathon starting at 1pm at Veterans Memorial Park, Niantic. All options end at Harkness Memorial State Park in Waterford. All proceeds go to fund breast cancer research. Since the first walk in 2006, they have raised $3.7 Million. Consider participating, you can find more info at www.tbbcf.org.
Our Month in Pink
can affect women at any age, but I had never met someone so young who survived it. It hit home.
Breast cancer is no respecter of persons. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation:
“~ One in eight women in the United States will bediagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
~ Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.
~ Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women.
~ Each year it is estimated that over 252,710 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,500 will die.
~ Although breast cancer in men is rare, an estimated2,470 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 460 will die each year.
~ On average, every 2 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer and 1 woman will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes.
~ Over 3.3 million breast cancer survivors are alive in the United States today.”
Breast cancer affects us all, whether we suffer the diagnosis ourselves or someone we love. According to the World Health Organization, it is the most common type of cancer affecting women globally. It is a horrendous disease causing pain and heartache, but also creating the opportunity for hope, for in our darkest moments, we can find what we are made of and overcome those challenges.
While there is no cure, breast cancer survivorship can be greatly increased by prevention and early detection. The best tips for prevention of any disease, including breast cancer, is to eat right, exercise, sleep well. There is no guarantee, but In general, keeping a healthy lifestyle reduces risks of getting sick. Another important factor - early detection. It is important for women to listen to their doctors, administer self tests at home, and go for mammograms. The earlier breast cancer is detected, the more options for treatments and better success rates. If you have a loved one diagnosed with breast cancer, be a support. Bring them meals as a they undergo treatments, encourage them with positive words, listen to them as they talk through their feelings. Be there.
On September 29, 2017, the President issued the annual proclamation declaring October as National Breast Cancer
Awareness Month. It is a month to learn more about breast cancer, wear our pink ribbons in solidarity with those who are fighting the disease, participate in events to raise money for research and raise more awareness for breast cancer prevention, early detection and treatments. At Golden Horizons, we have had clients and caregivers who have battled with and survived breast cancer. We stand in solidarity with those fighting. You’ve got this!