February 13, 2016

Community Support – A Busy Month

Posted Fri. Feb. 12, 2016 by – Jules

Community Support - National Eating Disorder Awareness Week is Feb 21-27.February is the month of love. In the health community, it is more than flowers and chocolates, it is, literally, hearts. At Chronically Awesome, we love Community Support.

American Heart Month is February of each year. Taking care of your heart is important when you are Chronically Awesome. Our hearts take a beating from many of our chronic conditions. It isn’t just about our hearts that we need to worry. We have loved ones in our lives, be they our care partners, children, or parents that we care for; everyone has a beating heart that we want them to keep healthy. February is a good time to make sure that those who need them get stress tests or echocardiograms. Don’t know what you or your loved one might need? Start with your general practitioner and if you need a referral to a cardiologist don’t wait. Also, learn the symptoms of a cardiac event and do not ignore the signs. www.heart.org/HEARTORG This is the time when community support means our entire community: husbands, wives, children, and parents. Let’s keep everyone awesome for years to come.

Community Support:
National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week is February 21-27. The focus of this year’s campaign themed “3 Minutes Can Save a Life: Get Screened. Get Help. Get Healthy“, is on early detection and intervention. Eating Disorders are both a physical and mental health issue. An eating disorder does not only impact the patient but the entire family. Join us on both our Foundation Facebook page as well as our Our Depression Facebook page as we share in a week of awareness about an illness that can happen to women, men, teens, and adults. http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/

On Valentines Day as a part of #‎ChronicallyAwesome’s 2016 Year of The Child, The Chronically Awesome Foundation along with our friends at STAND ask you to STAND with #‎SmileTrain. (www.smiletrain.org)

Join a 24-hour Valentine’s Day Twitter campaign to help children with clefts. All you need to do is tweet using #‎Tweet4Smiles on February 14.

Community Support - Smile Train Childrens' CharityFor every tweet that includes the #Tweet4Smiles hashtag, Pop of Color (www.rickysnyc.com/nails/pop-of-color.html) will donate $1 to Smile Train.

Here’s a tweet to use:

#‎ISTANDwith kids with clefts! For every tweet with the #Tweet4Smiles hashtag on Valentine’s Day, @POC_Beauty will give $1 to Smile Train

Our partnership with The Mesothelioma Center continues. Visit the February entry to our partners blog to read some amazing stories from three inspiring and Chronically Awesome patients with Mesothelioma in an entry called “Mesothelioma – Remember the Silver Lining.”

And finally! With so much of the research in, the link between Mindfulness and the reduction of chronic pain and other symptoms of chronic illness is hard to ignore. Mindfulness is not a religious practice. If you know how to breathe, you know how to meditate. We have started another Facebook page and Twitter account to discuss this topic. If you are interested in participating in this conversation. Facebook.com/chronicallymindful and @ChronicMindful

“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” (Jon Kabat-Zinn)

Happy Surfing,

Jules Shapiro