March is National ________ Month
When I first began writing this blog, I thought it would be a great idea to write a monthly post on national “insert disease here” month. And while that was all fine and dandy in the planning stages, upon doing some research, I quickly found that there is no such thing as a National “insert only ONE disease here” Month. Believe it or not, the month of March has a total of 6 ailments/key issues of the month, and 10 of the week/day:
- National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
- National Endometriosis Awareness Month
- National Nutrition Month
- Save Your Vision Month
- Trisomy Awareness Month
- Workplace Eye Wellness Month
I’m not going to list the different weeks of March, although you can get info on those here. But this got me thinking….how can I choose just one of those causes when most of them are equally as important and depending on your circumstance, one may be more important than the rest? Should I choose Colorectal Cancer because this year alone, 143,360 people will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer (link)? Or should I go for National Nutrition Month because more than 1/3 of Americans are now obese (link)? How are 6.3 million women and girls in the U.S. affected by endometriosis (link) any different from the 6,000 babies born each year in the US alone with Trisomy 21 (Down Syndrome) (link)? Sure you can talk about the numbers…but in the end we are talking about people.
After reading some of the facts in these different ailments I’m supposed to get aware of, I realized that we should have MORE affections included in the “awareness months.” Different causes are important to different people and having more opportunities to share information, raise awareness and encourage collaboration can only be encouraged by having such a diverse group of “monthlies.”
Are you interested in any of the specific “monthlies” mentioned above? How about some of the weekly/daily events noted on the website here?